This is the moment Ukrainian soldiers bomb Russian vehicles with killer drones.
The 53rd Mechanized Brigade, named after Prince Volodymyr Monomakh, a brigade of the Ukrainian Ground Forces, said soldiers destroyed enemy targets with the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).
The brigade said on 20th July: “UAV pilots of the separate mechanized brigade named after Prince Volodymyr Monomakh terrorised Russian soldiers.
“In the skilful hands of operators, our copters become a full-fledged multifunctional combat unit.
“Every second, a piece of shrapnel may fall on the ‘rotten’ head of the army of the imperialist Russian Federation.
“We are flying, circling, terrifying…and as a result, their vehicles were gutted, and enemy personnel were injured to varying degrees.
“Enjoy watching… More to come…”
The brigade added: “Believe in the soldiers, believe in the Armed Forces of Ukraine! Together we will win!”
Russia invaded Ukraine on 24th February in what the Kremlin is calling a “special military operation”. Today marks the 148th day of the invasion.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that between 24th February and 20th July, Russia had lost about 38,750 personnel, 1,700 tanks, 3,905 armoured combat vehicles, 856 artillery units, 250 multiple launch rocket systems, 113 air defence systems, 221 warplanes, 188 helicopters, 703 drones, 167 cruise missiles, 15 warships, 2,775 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, and 70 units of special equipment.
Turkey has said that a resumption of Ukraine’s grain exports via the Black Sea is “probable” following a meeting with Ukraine, Russia and the United Nations to discuss “small problems”.
EU foreign ministers have agreed to a EUR-500-million funding package to supply weapons to Ukraine, bringing the total since February to EUR 2.5 billion. EU foreign ministers are also reportedly discussing a ban on the import of Russian gold.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has held talks with Iranian leaders and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Tehran.
Amid the visit, the National Iranian Oil Company and Russian energy giant Gazprom signed a memorandum of understanding worth around USD 40 billion.
While President Putin was in Tehran, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy dismissed both the head and deputy director of his country’s spy agency.
He also sacked Ukraine’s prosecutor general and several regional security heads following the emergence of more than 650 cases of alleged collusion or treason.
And Russian independent television channel TV Rain, which was taken off the air by the Russian authorities in early March, has resumed broadcasting from Latvia.
The Kremlin blocked the channel shortly after the invasion of Ukraine began because it had described it as a “war” rather than a “special military operation”.
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