UKRAINIAN troops were recently filmed testing US-made Javelin missiles against Russian cage-style armor.
The target appeared to be a Cold War era tank turretPhoto credit: Facebook / Ukrainian Joint Forces Operation
The exercises took place on a training ground, according to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
The target was about a mile away and appeared to be a Cold War-era tank turret.
Officials said this was the first time the troops had fired the spear.
Since 2018 Ukraine – which is trying to join the organization of the North Atlantic Treaty, or NATO – Received US ammunition and Javelin missiles, which has been criticized Moscow.
Kiev has accused Moscow of massaging tens of thousands of soldiers in preparation for a possible offensive and fears that a simmering conflict in Ukraine’s eastern Donbass region could break out into open war between neighbors.
Russia denies planning an attack, but blames Ukraine and the Ukraine US destabilizing behavior.
Last week it was reported that Russia was holding its own military exercises nearby – including Black Sea Fleet SU-30 fighter jets and SU-24 bombers conducting aerial refueling exercises over Crimea, the Black Sea Peninsula that Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014.
Ukraine’s chief security officer Oleksiy Danilov said Wednesday that 122,000 Russian soldiers are 200 kilometers from the border with Ukraine.
AT THE FRONTLINE
He also said Russia could top up its troop numbers very quickly and at any time, but it would take more than 24 hours to get enough troops to the border to launch an invasion.
On Friday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyi made a video call to 20 US senators and members of the congress amid growing tensions with Russia.
“Today more than ever it is not words that count, but decisive actions,” Zelenskyj is quoted in a statement.
“My goal is to stop the bloodshed in eastern Ukraine. Security in Europe is inconceivable without an end to the war in Donbass. “
Zelensky and the legislature also discussed putting further sanctions pressure on Russia. Washington’s Supporting Kiev’s “Euro-Atlantic aspirations” and Ukraine’s prospects for NATO membership.
TUGS OF WAR
Russia and Ukraine have been in a bitter tug-of-war since Moscow annexed the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea in 2014 and supported the separatist uprising that has since killed more than 14,000 people.
A 2015 peace agreement brokered by France and Germany ended large-scale hostilities in Donbass, but efforts to find a political solution to the conflict have so far failed.
According to recent reports, Russia has approved plans for “urgent mass graves” amid fears that World War III could break out if Ukraine were to invade.
Russian socket MK claims the tombs were erected in priority after allegedly appearing in leaked legal documents expected to go into effect on Feb.1.
Russia has denied planning an attack on UkrainePhoto credit: The Associated Press
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