These images purport to show a column of Ukrainian tanks and armoured vehicles being destroyed by Russian artillery after being detected by UAVs.
The footage shows military vehicles advancing on a dirt road before they are targeted by what appears to be artillery fire.
The footage then shows military vehicles hidden among some trees running along a dirt track, with some of the vehicles shown to have been destroyed and with soldiers apparently lying dead nearby.
Close-up images that also appear to have been filmed by a drone show an armoured vehicle with its doors open, apparently abandoned.
The images were obtained from the Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) on Friday, 7th October, along with a statement claiming: “The units of the Airborne Forces inflicted fire damage on the units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the zone of the special military operation.
“Airborne troops with the help of UAVs found a column of armoured vehicles of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and launched a fire strike with artillery, hitting the enemy’s manpower and military equipment.
“As a result of the strike, two tanks and five units of other armoured vehicles, including foreign-made ones, were destroyed.”
The Russian MoD also quoted an unnamed Airborne forces serviceman who allegedly took part in the confrontation as saying: “The observer saw a tank with infantry on it. Behind comes the infantry. They started firing at us with guns, mortars, small arms. The battle went on for about two hours. Tank ATGMs. Toward the end of the battle, the enemy fled in a panic. On the same day, we took a prisoner, and interrogated him, he told us about their number.”
We have not been able to independently verify the claims or the footage.
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