Russia has said that it has taken out a UK-built AS-90 armoured self-propelled artillery system that was supplied to Ukraine.
The footage purports to show the AS-90 being hit by a Russian kamikaze drone, causing a large explosion and for it to catch fire. It can be seen burning profusely until the footage ends.
The images were obtained from the Russian Ministry of Defence on Wednesday, 11th October, along with a statement claiming (in English): “UK-made AS-90 self-propelled artillery system issued to AFU [Armed Forces of Ukraine] militants was neutralised by a precise strike of a loitering munition.
“After a strike, powder charges ignited and ammunition detonated.
“UK-made self-propelled artillery system was completely destroyed.”
We have not been able to independently verify the claims or the footage.
Russia invaded Ukraine on 24th February 2022 in what the Kremlin is still calling a “special military operation”. Today marks the 596th day of the full-scale war.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that between 24th February 2022 and 12th October 2023, Russia had lost about 284,890 personnel, 4,905 tanks, 9,264 armoured combat vehicles, 6,763 artillery units, 811 multiple launch rocket systems, 545 air defence systems, 316 warplanes, 316 helicopters, 5,247 drones, 1,531 cruise missiles, 20 warships, 1 submarine, 9,170 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, and 966 units of special equipment.
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