No land/air support: T-64 tank and 4 British Mastiff PPVs destroyed

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The Ukrainian offensive, which other media claim has already begun, continues in full force in the direction of the Donetsk front. The Ministry of the Russian Federation published a video and photos of a failed Ukrainian attack today.

Photo credit: Telegram

One T-64BV tank of the Ukrainian armed forces, as well as four British-donated Mastiff PPV [Protected Patrol Vehicle], were destroyed in an extremely short time. Russian sources claim that at least 20 Ukrainian armored fighting vehicles were lost in today’s fighting.

Photo credit: Telegram


Russian media outlet Izvestia shared a video provided by Russia’s defense ministry. It is not clear if this particular video reflects the photos above. The video may be from another Donetsk front.

Photo credit: Telegram

The video shows the attempt of Ukrainian ground forces to break through a densely forested area, but the attempt fails. At least three or four armored vehicles were blown up during the attempt recorded in the video.

Artillery, Ka-52 helicopters, and kamikaze drones of the Russian armed forces actively repulsed this offensive, which subsequently failed. Even the attempt of one armored vehicle to escape from the battle by swerving to the right fails. It is clearly visible how the armored vehicle was destroyed.

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There is no official information on how many people from the Ukrainian or Russian armed forces died in this attempt by the Ukrainian army.

But it is striking, especially among comments on pro-Ukrainian and pro-Russian Telegram accounts, that this offensive attack was launched without artillery or air support from the Ukrainian military. In reality, the video also shows that there is no return fire against the Russian positions. Of course, the video is not complete and has been edited by the Russian Ministry of Defense.

The spokesman of the general staff of the Russian army reports that “a larger part” of the armored equipment of the Ukrainian army in this particular offensive was destroyed. The rest was returned to the original Ukrainian position.

2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine

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

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On the same day, the Russian government formally recognized the self-proclaimed DPR and LPR. According to Putin not only in their de-facto controlled areas, but the Ukrainian Oblasts as a whole. 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, a “special military operation” can only take place after a UN resolution. There is no such resolution. So this is an invasion and war against Ukraine.


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