Troops mark a Russian vehicle with a rocket-propelled grenade

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It’s the tense moment when Ukrainian soldiers in an open field fire rockets at a Russian infantry fighting vehicle, then turn and run after scoring a direct hit.

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The sequence begins with two Ukrainian soldiers standing in an open field, one of whom is armed with a rocket-propelled grenade and then fires at the Russian vehicle.

After scoring a direct hit on the vehicle, which is seen partially hidden behind trees, the two troops then turn around and run to avoid retaliating.

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Aerial footage apparently filmed by a drone then reveals how the Russian military vehicle was apparently damaged beyond repair by the strike.

Zenger News obtained the video from the Special Operations Forces (SSO) – one of the five branches of the Ukrainian Armed Forces – earlier on Tuesday, June 7.

The SSO said (in Ukrainian): “This BMP-2 was discovered by special operations forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine during special reconnaissance. And, deciding not to waste time or seconds, they destroys enemy equipment.

SSO soldiers hit the enemy BMP-2 with an RPG in June 2022. (@usofcom/Zenger)

The BMP-2 is a Soviet amphibious infantry fighting vehicle that entered service in 1980. It is operated by the armies of several countries, including Russia and Ukraine.

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Ukrainian special forces did not specify where in the country the strike took place.

We have reached out to Russian and Ukrainian officials for comment, but had not received a response at the time of writing.

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The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine announced earlier today that between February 24 and June 7, Russia lost around 31,360 soldiers in Ukraine.

SSO soldiers hit the enemy BMP-2 with an RPG in June 2022. (@usofcom/Zenger)

The Ukrainian army added that Russia also lost 1,390 tanks, 3,416 armored fighting vehicles, 694 artillery pieces, 207 multiple rocket launcher systems, 96 anti-aircraft systems, 212 combat aircraft, 177 helicopters, 2 405 motor vehicles and tankers, 13 warships, 553 unmanned. aerial vehicles, 53 special equipment units and 125 cruise missiles.

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The Russian Defense Ministry reported earlier in the day that during the same period “190 Ukrainian planes and 129 helicopters, 1,139 unmanned aerial vehicles, 333 anti-aircraft missile systems, 3,443 tanks and other armored combat vehicles, 478 multiple rocket launcher systems, 1,807 artillery and mortar field vehicles, as well as 3,464 special military vehicle units” had been destroyed during the “operation”.

SSO soldiers hit the enemy BMP-2 with an RPG in June 2022. (@usofcom/Zenger)

The Ukrainian SSO consists of approximately 1,000-5,000 people. Its head office is located in the capital Kyiv and its motto is “I come to you”.

The Kremlin now says that the purpose of its “operation” is to “liberate” or “protect the Donbass”. June 7 marks the 104th day of the invasion.

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