CALL of Duty-style footage shows the shocking moment a Ukrainian laser-guided rocket destroyed a Russian reconnaissance vehicle.
Ukrainian forces said the BRDM-2, a combat reconnaissance patrol vehicle, was destroyed in the Luhansk region of eastern Ukraine.
Footage from the 24th Mechanized Brigade of the Ukrainian Ground Forces shows the Russian vehicle driving down a street, oblivious to the impending attack.
The laser-guided rocket suddenly swoops down and follows the vehicle for a moment before it hits the target and explodes in a huge ball of fire.
The BRDM-2 is an amphibious armored reconnaissance vehicle first developed and produced by the Soviet Union and its allies.
The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense shared the incredible images, saying: “Beautiful! Professionalism in action. We keep working!”
As of June 1, Ukrainian forces claim that Russia has lost 30,700 soldiers, 1,361 tanks, 3,343 armored fighting vehicles, 659 artillery systems, and 207 multiple launch rocket systems.
Ukraine said it also destroyed 94 anti-aircraft systems, 208 fighter jets, 175 helicopters, 519 tactical unmanned aerial vehicles, 120 cruise missiles, 13 warships, 2,290 military vehicles and fuel tanks, and 49 units of special equipment.
It comes after the Russian Defense Ministry released footage of what it called “intensive maneuvering operations” involving its nuclear-capable Yars intercontinental ballistic missile systems.
Russia said the Yars mobile missile systems, which can carry nuclear warheads and have a range of more than 6,200 miles, were conducting “intensive maneuver operations on combat patrol routes in the Ivanovo region.”
The Ivanovo region is located to the east of the Russian capital, Moscow.
Footage shows soldiers removing camouflage from what appears to be a Yars mobile missile system.
The vehicle can then be seen driving down a dirt road while being escorted by troops.
The Russian Defense Ministry said around 1,000 military personnel are taking part in the exercises along with more than 100 teams.
The move comes after US President Joe Biden said the US would send more advanced rocket systems to Kyiv to help strike enemy forces from a longer distance.
The rocket systems have twice the range of the rocket systems currently used by Russian troops, and are much more accurate.
Meanwhile, Russian forces stepped up their attack on the battered city of Severodonetsk by attacking a chemical plant that sent a huge cloud of smoke into the air.
Footage taken by a Ukrainian defender shows a cloud of nitric acid thrown up as Russian forces pushed to take the strategic city in a bid to turn the tide of the war.
Ukrainian authorities have warned people to stay indoors due to the risk posed by toxic fumes from the explosion.
Nitric acid, which is yellow or red, is corrosive and can cause severe burns, ulcerations, and scarring when it comes in contact with the skin.
Its vapor can also cause pulmonary edema when inhaled, which can be fatal.
Luhansk Governor Serhiy Haidai said the dangerous chemical release occurred when Vladimir Putin’s forces carried out an airstrike on a chemical plant.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has criticized Moscow’s airstrikes on the frontline city as “madness”.
In his video address, he condemned the airstrikes on the city, but added that he was not surprised by Russia’s attack.
“Given the presence of large-scale chemical production in Severodonetsk, the Russian military’s attacks there, including blind aerial bombardment, are simply insane,” he said.
“But on the 97th day of such a war, it is no longer surprising that for the Russian army, for Russian commanders, for Russian soldiers, any madness is absolutely acceptable.”
Putin demanded that the city be captured yesterday.
Both sides said Russian forces now control a third to half of the city, but Ukrainian forces are still holding out.
Russia’s separatist proxies acknowledged that capturing the city was taking longer than expected, despite one of the war’s biggest ground attacks.