WATCH: Russian and Ukrainian Military Vehicles On Fire In Donetsk – Fighting in Donetsk Oblast continues. Video footage shared this week shows how both Ukrainian and Russian military vehicles are frequently the target of artillery fire and loitering munitions. The videos offer an insight into the damage that can be done from afar and how both sides of the conflict are rapidly losing vehicles on the battlefield.
Russian Infantry Fighting Vehicle Taken Out
In one video shared online this week, a Russian BMD-4M airborne infantry fighting vehicle can be seen getting destroyed by Ukrainian artillery fire.
The video, apparently recorded by a rotary-blade unmanned aerial vehicle, shows the vehicle quickly become engulfed in white smoke after a successful artillery strike. Once the white smoke clears, the vehicle can be seen emitting darker smoke and sitting still in the middle of a country road.
The video was posted on Twitter by the popular war-tracking Twitter account, Ukraine Weapons Tracker.
“A Russian BMD-4M airborne infantry fighting vehicle was destroyed by artillery fire of the Ukrainian 28th Mechanized Brigade in the vicinity of Bakhmut, #Donetsk Oblast,” the account writes.
You can watch the video here.
Ukrainian Infantry Mobility Vehicle Destroyed In Donetsk
In another video, a Ukrainian Roshel Senator infantry mobility vehicle can be seen on fire with all its doors open. The fire can be seen inside of the vehicle through the opened rear doors, while the side doors being left open indicate that soldiers were able to escape possibly before the impact.
According to Ukraine Weapons Tracker, the video is the first to show a Roshel Senator infantry mobility vehicle destroyed on the battlefield. It is one of hundreds promised to Ukraine by Canada, making it one of the more modern vehicles of its kind in possession by the Ukrainian military.
“A Ukrainian Roshel Senator infantry mobility vehicle was destroyed by Russian artillery fire in #Donetsk Oblast,” the account writes. “In total the Ukrainian army will receive up to 208 of such vehicles from Canada – and this is the first one confirmed to be destroyed.”
Roman Shimonov, the CEO of Roshel Inc, confirmed on Thursday that 200 vehicles promised to Kyiv by the Canadian government before the end of summer are on track to be delivered on time. Roshel Inc, based in Ontario, produces armored vehicles for commercial clients and the Canadian government, as well as for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the United States Department of State.
Roshel’s Senator is fitted with mine-protection seats, a ballistic steel chassis, and a number of other safety features to make the vehicle safe for troops traveling inside, and to increase the chances of soldiers being able to successfully flee the vehicle following an impact.
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You can watch the video here.
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