Brutal footage of Russian infantrymen unwittingly coming into the crosshairs of an armored car’s deadly cannon has been released by Ukrainian officials.
Zenger News obtained the images from the Strategic Communications Directorate, Office of the Chief of Defense, Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) yesterday (Sunday, April 24).
It apparently shows a BTR-4E infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) tearing apart as Russian forces enter its range.
The management wrote: “BTR-4E ‘Bucephalus’ destroys Russia. Beautiful.”
The BTR-4E is an amphibious 8×8 wheeled IFV version of the BTR-4.
It is designed by the Kharkiv Morozov Machine Building Design Bureau, a state-owned company in Kharkiv, Ukraine.
Its main armament is a 30 mm (1.2 in) autocannon.
Its secondary armaments are a coaxial 7.62 mm (0.3 in) machine gun and either four anti-tank missiles or two anti-tank missiles and a 30 mm (1.2 in) automatic grenade launcher.
It has been in service since 2014 and is believed to be operated by at least five countries, including Ukraine.
Russian troops invaded Ukraine on February 24 in what the Kremlin calls a “special military operation” to “demilitarize and denazify” the country.
The invasion is now in its 61st day.
The AFU General Staff reported earlier today that Russia had lost around 21,900 military personnel in the invasion so far.
The AFU also reported that Russia lost 884 tanks, 2,258 armored fighting vehicles, 411 artillery systems, 149 multiple rocket launcher systems, 69 anti-aircraft systems, 181 combat aircraft, 154 helicopters, 1,566 vehicles , eight ships, 76 tankers, 201 tactical. unmanned aerial vehicles, 28 special equipment units and four mobile short-range ballistic missile systems.
The report comes as US Secretary of State Antony Blinken says Russia is failing in all of its war aims in Ukraine, following its brief visit to the beleaguered country.
The talks involving Blinken and US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin in Kyiv on Sunday mark the highest-level visit by US officials since the start of the Russian invasion.
Officials say Washington has pledged more than $700m (£549m) in additional military aid to Kyiv.
Meanwhile, civilian deaths have been reported in Kharkiv and Donetsk as Russian shelling continues in the beleaguered east of the country.
Although the Russian invasion is now focused on Ukraine’s eastern Donbass region, Ukrzaliznytsia (Ukrainian Railways) reports that five railway stations in the center and west of the country were attacked, causing a number of casualties.
The attacks took place less than an hour apart this morning, said Oleksander Kamyshin, who heads the state-owned company.