Video: Russian BMP-1 Destroyed In Donetsk Oblast – A Russian BMP-1 infantry fighting vehicle was taken out by the Ukrainian 10th Mountain Assault Brigade in Donetsk Oblast recently, and the precision strike was caught on camera.
The video footage, shared by the Ukrainian military and reposted to Twitter, shows the infantry fighting vehicle stationary in the middle of a field. Moments into the video, a missile can be seen entering the frame from the right and striking the center of the vehicle.
In the wake of the strike, the vehicle remains stationary and begins to emit smoke. The initial blast looked substantial enough to cause damage, though it did not appear to completely destroy the vehicle.
In a Twitter post, Ukraine Weapons Tracker noted that the strike occurred in Bilohorivka.
“The Ukrainian 10th Mountain Assault Brigade destroyed a Russian BMP-1 infantry fighting vehicle with an ATGM strike in Bilohorivka, #Donetsk Oblast,” ... reads.
It is unclear whether the BMP-1 struck in the video was stationary because it was abandoned or damaged or if the operator had simply temporarily stopped without knowing Ukrainian forces were tracking the vehicle.
Ukrainian troops often strike stationary and abandoned vehicles to prevent Russian forces from recovering the vehicle for repair or to use as spare parts to repair similar vehicles and weapons.
German Tanks and Infantry Fighting Vehicles Arrive In Ukraine
While the BMP-1 in the video from Bilohorivka proved somewhat resistant to an ATGM strike, it remains one of the oldest pieces of military hardware being used by the Russian military in Ukraine.
The vehicle was one of the very first modern infantry fighting vehicles to be developed and was first introduced to the Soviet military in 1966.
Even when fitted with modern armor and upgraded internal components, however, the BMP-1 is substantially less advanced than the Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicles promised by the United States to Ukraine in January. The White House’s promise to send the tracked armored combat vehicles came after France promised a batch of AMX-10 RC fighting vehicles. Germany also promised 40 Marder infantry fighting vehicles in January.
#Ukraine: The Ukrainian 10th Mountain Assault Brigade destroyed a Russian BMP-1 infantry fighting vehicle with an ATGM strike in Bilohorivka, #Donetsk Oblast. pic.twitter.com/rMDFJ2T7Gv
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“These 40 vehicles are to be ready in the first quarter so that they can then be handed over to Ukraine,” Steffen Hebestreit, a German government spokesman said in January.
Those 40 armored vehicle arrived in Ukraine this week, along with 18 Leopard 2 tanks, according to German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius.
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