Video from Russian military officials is reported to show Russian missiles whizzing toward a patch of forest a stone’s throw from a residential area in Ukraine as several explosions go off.
A second video opens with aerial footage of howitzers, allegedly sent to Ukraine by the United States, being the target of a missile attack that sends troops running in panic.
The second video ends with the shells being towed into the woods to go unnoticed, but to no avail, as Russian artillery pound the area.
Zenger News obtained the footage from the Russian Federation Ministry of Defense (MoD) on Wednesday.
The Russian Defense Ministry, in its latest report, said: “In Mariupol, the militants of the Azov nationalist unit and the Ukrainian military blockaded at the Azovstal plant continue to surrender.
“During the last 24 hours, 694 militants have laid down their arms and surrendered, including 29 wounded.
“A total of 959 militants have surrendered since May 16, including 80 wounded, of whom 51 need hospital treatment and have been admitted to the Novoazovsk hospital in the Donetsk People’s Republic.
“The Armed Forces of the Russian Federation continue the special military operation in Ukraine.”
“During one day, high-precision air missiles of the Russian Aerospace Forces hit 2 command posts, including the territorial defense headquarters near Soledar in the Donetsk People’s Republic, as well as 31 manpower concentration areas and Ukrainian military equipment, including locations of foreign mercenary units from European countries in Nikolaev and Krasnogorovka.
“In addition, 2 Ukrainian Su-24 aircraft were destroyed at a military airfield near Dnepropetrovsk, 1 division of Ukrainian S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems near Nikolaev, as well as 4 ammunition depots for missiles and artillery weapons and ammunition of the Forces. Ukrainian navies near Ugledar, Pokrovskoe, Soledar and Bakhmut, Donetsk People’s Republic.
“Operational-tactical and army aviation have attacked 3 command posts, 41 AFU military manpower and equipment assembly areas, as well as 1 ammunition depot near Ugledar, Donetsk People’s Republic.
“The attacks have resulted in the elimination of more than 270 nationalists and up to 54 armored and motor vehicles.
“Missile and artillery troops have reached 76 command posts, 421 assembly areas of manpower and military equipment, as well as 147 artillery and mortar units in firing positions, including 1 Ukrainian battery of 155-mm M777 howitzers manufactured in United States near Pogornoe.
“1 pontoon crossing point equipped by the Armed Forces of Ukraine to cross the Severskyi Donets river has been destroyed near Protopopovka, Kharkov region.
“Russian air defense assets have shot down 1 Ukrainian Su-25 aircraft over Tripolie, Donetsk People’s Republic.
“In addition, 1 MiG-29 of the Ukrainian Air Force was shot down near Kamennaya Yaruga, Kharkov region.
“15 Ukrainian UAVs have been shot down near Semenovka, Velikie Prokhody, Balakleya, Malye Prokhody, Velikaya Kamyshevakha in the Kharkov region, Rudnichnyi, Grabskoe, Staromikhailovka, Volnoe in the Donetsk People’s Republic, Belyaevka, Chernobaevka in the Donetsk region. of Kherson.
“Eight Ukrainian Smerch multiple launch rockets have also been intercepted near Kamenka and Malaya Kamyshevakha, Kharkov region.
“In total, 172 Ukrainian aircraft and 125 helicopters, 927 unmanned aerial vehicles, 311 anti-aircraft missile systems, 3,139 tanks and other armored fighting vehicles, 389 multiple launch rocket systems, 1,548 field artillery and mortars, as well as 2,997 special missile units military vehicles were destroyed during the operation”.
And in the second video, the Russian Defense Ministry said (also in English): “In the Podgornoye settlement area, Russian UAV crews and artillery reconnaissance teams have established the coordinates of the firing position of the 155mm M777 howitzers made by the United States, which are used by the militants of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
“Unmanned aerial vehicle operators launched a missile attack on the firing position of a US howitzer battery, as a result of which several weapons were damaged.
“After attacking with drones, the Ukrainian militants tried to hide in the forest and hide the towed M777 howitzers there.
“As soon as the Ukrainian militants concentrated tractors and weapons in the forest, an artillery attack was launched there.
“All American equipment and howitzers were destroyed. The surviving Ukrainian artillerymen fled.”
The latest Russian Defense Ministry claims have not been independently verified.
The Russian invasion of Ukraine began on February 24 and is now in its 84th day.
This story was provided to Newsweek by Zenger News.