Homemade Missile System Takes Out Two Russian Infantry Fighting Vehicles

Zhytomyr paratroopers claim that destroyed two Russian BMP-2s from the Stugna anti-tank complex in Ukraine. (@ua_dshv/Zenger)

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By William McGee

This footage purports to show how two Russian infantry fighting vehicles were destroyed by a Ukrainian-made anti-tank guided missile.

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The clip opens with the Russian military vehicles entering unknowingly in the crosshairs as they make their way across a field.

An explosion is then seen and the vehicles can be seen giving off smoke as they grind to a slow halt.

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Zenger News obtained the footage from the Ukrainian Air Assault Forces (DShV) – the airborne forces of Ukraine and one of the five branches of the Armed Forces of Ukraine – on June 16.

The DShV said: “Zhytomyr paratroopers destroyed two BMP-2s of the Russian occupiers.

“Yes, the video shows how anti-tank soldiers of the 95th Air Assault Brigade of the DShV of the Armed Forces of Ukraine skillfully use the domestic Stugna-P anti-tank missile system and enchantingly burn two enemy BMP-2 infantry fighting vehicles.

“Death to the Russian occupiers! DShV – Always First! Glory to Ukraine!”

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Zhytomyr paratroopers claim that destroyed two Russian BMP-2s from the Stugna anti-tank complex in Ukraine. (@ua_dshv/Zenger)

The BMP-2 is an amphibious infantry fighting vehicle developed by the Soviet Union. It entered service in 1980. The Ukrainian military is also one of its current operators.

The Stugna-P is a Ukrainian anti-tank guided missile system developed by the Luch Design Bureau in Kyiv. It entered service in 2011.

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We contacted Russian and Ukrainian officials for comment but had not received a reply at the time of writing.

Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24 in what the Kremlin is calling a “special military operation” to “liberate the Donbas.” June 16 marks the 113th day of the invasion.

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Zhytomyr paratroopers claim that destroyed two Russian BMP-2s from the Stugna anti-tank complex in Ukraine. (@ua_dshv/Zenger)

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that between February 24 and June 16, Russia had lost about 32,950 personnel, 1,449 tanks, 3,545 armored fighting vehicles, 729 artillery pieces, 233 multiple launch rocket systems, 97 air defense systems, 213 warplanes, 179 helicopters, 591 tactical drones, 129 cruise missiles, 13 warships, 2,494 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, and 55 pieces of special equipment.

In related news, French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi arrived in Kyiv for talks. Reportedly, they are hoping to rebut what has been perceived as their lukewarm support for Ukraine.

Meanwhile, Washington has told China it risks ending up on the “wrong side of history” following Chinese President Xi Jinping’s assurances to Russian President Vladimir Putin that Beijing supports Russian “sovereignty.”

Zhytomyr paratroopers claim that destroyed two Russian BMP-2s from the Stugna anti-tank complex in Ukraine. (@ua_dshv/Zenger)

Thousands of civilians remain trapped in the key eastern Ukrainian city of Sievierodonetsk, where the water supply is reported to be dwindling. Hundreds of civilians are taking shelter in the bunkers beneath the city’s Azot chemical plant.

Luhansk Oblast governor Serhiy Haidai said earlier this week that all three bridges into Sievierodonetsk had been destroyed, making delivering supplies and evacuating civilians impossible.

President Joe Biden has promised Kyiv another billion dollars in security assistance and weapons. General Mark Milley of the Joint Chiefs of Staff says Russia has lost around 20 to 30 percent of its armored forces during the ongoing invasion.

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