Watch: American volunteers fight Russians using NLAW and M72 LAW

KYIV ($1=29.54 Ukrainian Hryvnias) — A video shared on social media shows a group of foreign English-speaking volunteers [most likely Americans judging by the accent] launching anti-tank guided missiles, presumably to Russian armored combat vehicles, Russian positions, or combat fortifications. The action, of course, is taking place on the front line in Ukraine, as the source who shared the video says that the battle is being fought in the area of ​​Severodonetsk, Luhansk Oblast, northeast Ukraine.

Watch: American volunteers fight Russians using NLAW and M72 LAW
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There are at least three volunteers in this video. One hid behind a bush, another recorded the whole scene with a body camera, wearing an M72 LAW [guess], and a third, not visible but audible, fired the first NLAW rocket [guess].

The video shows this unseen volunteer launching an NLAW [Next Generation Light Anti-tank Weapon] missile first, with some experts suggesting it was the Swedish 84mm Karl-Gustav NLA system. After the first shot, a still shot shows a missile passing inches from the third volunteer’s anti-tank weapon [the one with the body camera]. After the first shot, the third participant [the one with the body camera] also reproduces a shot from the alleged M72 LAW [Light Anti-Tank Weapon] system, which is American-made, detonates the warhead of the missile through Point-initiated, base-detonated, and is 66mm caliber. M72 LAW is most effective at a range of 200 meters.

There is no information on when exactly the video was recorded, but judging by the surrounding leafy green trees and shrubs, it most likely happened in the last month of the 100-day war in Ukraine, as there is no mud, no rain soon [judging by the dry and dusty land recorded in the video]. The American volunteers are part of the Ukrainian Foreign Legion.

Not for the first time

This is not the first time has published a video of the war in Ukraine. At the end of May, we showed a group of foreign volunteers (American, Canadian and British) who, under cover of bushes and trees, fired anti-tank missiles at a Russian BTR-80 APC infantry armored vehicle.

The Russian infantry armored vehicle was hit by the German RGW-90 HH but was not destroyed. Minutes later, a reconnaissance drone filmed the Russian BTR-80 APC hiding in the woods, but the anti-tank guided missile hit the ammunition compartment. A powerful explosion ensued and the ammunition “evaporated”.

2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine

On 21 February 2022, the Russian government claimed that Ukrainian shelling had destroyed an FSB border facility on the Russia Ukraine border, and claimed that it had killed 5 Ukrainian soldiers who tried to cross into Russian territory. Ukraine denied being involved in both incidents and called them a false flag.

On the same day, the Russian government formally recognized the self-proclaimed DPR and LPR as independent states, according to Putin not only in their de-facto controlled areas, but the Ukrainian Oblasts as a whole, and Putin ordered Russian troops, including tanks, to enter the regions.

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On 24 February 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an invasion of Ukraine by Russian Armed Forces previously concentrated along the border. The invasion followed by targeted airstrikes of military buildings in the country, as well as tanks entering via the Belarus border.

Russia has so far not recognized the invasion of Ukraine as a “war”, although that is exactly what it is, claiming that it is a “special military operation”. According to the UN, in which Russia has its permanent representation, for military action to be defined as a “special military operation”, it must have a resolution issued by the UN. There is no such resolution, which automatically defines the military actions of the Russians as an invasion and war against the citizens of Ukraine.


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