This footage shows Ukrainian artillerymen destroying a Russian T-72B tank, two armored personnel carriers and a headquarters on the front lines.
The footage was obtained from the 40th Separate Artillery Brigade – also known as the 40th Separate Artillery Brigade named after Grand Duke Vytautas – of the Ukrainian Ground Forces on Tuesday, August 2, along with a statement saying: “The Grand Duchy brigade together with the separate intelligence battalion ‘Skala’ is confidently doing its job. As long as the occupier is in Ukraine, the ground will burn underfoot, and thunder will strike from the sky!”
The images were also relayed by the Center for Strategic Communications and Information Security, which operates under the umbrella of the Ukrainian Ministry of Culture and Information. The Center said in a statement that the footage shows how “soldiers of the Ukrainian Armed Forces ‘punished’ the occupiers and destroyed their equipment”.
The Center added: “Ukrainian defenders from the 40th Separate Artillery Brigade named after Grand Duke Vytautas, together with fellow scouts of Skala, burn the ground under the feet of the invaders and send incendiaries from the sky.
“The result was a ‘gesture of goodwill from the enemy headquarters, a T-72B tank, two BTR-80s and two armored personnel carriers.”
The “gesture of goodwill” is understood to be a reference to the – widely derided – claim from the Russian Ministry of Defense that Russian forces had left Snake Island in the Black Sea as a “gesture of goodwill” on June 30. This is after they were repeatedly bombed by Ukrainian forces.
Zenger News contacted the 40th Separate Artillery Brigade for further comment, as well as the Russian Ministry of Defense, but had not received a reply at the time of writing.
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