Russia has claimed that its paratroopers have taken out four Ukrainian tanks near Kherson.
The images purport to show Ukrainian military vehicles being targeted by Russian forces. Some vehicles can be seen being damaged while others can be seen exploding.
The images then show what appear to be a number of Ukrainian vehicles manoeuvring before eventually, one of them is hit.
Soldiers can be seen tumbling off an armoured vehicle after it is hit. Some of them appear to be injured.
The images then show other vehicles exploding and on fire.
The images were obtained from the Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) on Thursday, 13th October, along with a statement claiming: “The suicide attack of the Armed Forces of Ukraine ended in failure.
“The destruction of armoured vehicles and militants of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, who attempted to attack the positions of Russian units in the Kherson region.
“The AFU militants on tanks and infantry fighting vehicles attacked the positions of Russian paratroopers in order to conduct reconnaissance and break through the defence. The attackers were detected by UAV crews. The crews of the Kornet and Shturm-S anti-tank systems of the Airborne Forces units, having received intelligence, opened fire on the attacking armoured vehicles.
“Russian paratroopers destroyed 4 tanks, 5 infantry fighting vehicles and more than 20 fighters of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The enemy attack was thwarted.
“The militants of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, fleeing from the battlefield, abandoned the wounded and the dead.”
We have not been able to independently verify the claims or the footage.
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