Dramatic Footage Shows Ukraine Border Service Striking Russian Troops and Vehicles – Ukraine’s State Border Service released dramatic footage on Tuesday, February 7, showing loitering munition strikes on a Russian position.
The video was shared on Telegram, though little information about the location of the strike was provided.
According to the State Border Service, the strike occurred somewhere in southern Ukraine.
The minute-long video appears to have been recorded by a rotary-blade unmanned aerial vehicle.
It shows a distant kamikaze drone falling from the sky and striking a Russian vehicle.
Additional strikes then occur around the vehicle, creating huge plumes of black smoke.
The strikes not only took out the vehicles seen in the video, but reportedly killed several Russian troops at the same time.
“This is how border guards work in the south,” the Telegram post reads.
“Air reconnaissance of the DPSU detected a concentration of enemy manpower and armored vehicles. The kamikaze drone and artillery worked well on the specified targets.”
It is unclear what loitering munition was used in the videos, though it could be one of many Switchblade drones sent to Ukraine by the United States.
Given the size of the blast, it could be the larger Switchblade 600 variant.
You can watch the video here.
Russia Prepares Offensive In the South of Ukraine
The Ukrainian Armed Forces also revealed on Tuesday that some 1,030 Russian troops had been killed over the last 24 hours.
It’s the most significant daily death toll since the outbreak of the war, and the intensified fighting comes as analysts suggest a new Russian offensive may already be underway.
Similarly, high death tolls have been seen on the Ukrainian side, too, with Moscow claiming that 6,500 Ukrainian troops had been killed in January alone.
A Russian offensive has been expected for months, with the Russian military holding off until the winter comes to an end.
That offensive is likely to take place not just in northeastern Ukraine, but also in the south, where Russia is hoping to maintain control of territories gained last year while preventing a new Ukrainian offensive in Crimea.
Speaking to Reuters this week, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksiy Danilov said that Kyiv fully expects that Russia will launch a new offensive in the Kharkiv region in the northeast, or in Zaporizhzhia to the south.
“Attempts at an offensive in either the Kharkiv or Zaporizhzhia direction will of course be made,” he said. “How successful they will be will depend on us.”
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