Shocking footage shows the moment Russia’s army takes a major hit, with 200 troops taken out by a Ukrainian HIMARS strike.
The training camp on Dzharylhach Island, in occupied Kherson, is situated close to the Black Sea – and Russian troops can be seen in formation.
Five American HIMARS rockets are then deployed as targets lock onto several different fighter groups.
Sources told the Kyiv Post “underground” resistance movements were able to provide intel on the military base’s location.
The Washington-based Institute for the Study of War (ISW) said the camps on Dzharylhach Island are locations at which troops are sent to recover and train.
HIMARS are being used to devastating effect. Russia confirmed a similar attack had been coordinated back in June.
Russian milbloggers said the army is “at war with our own stupidity and sloppiness” after at least 100 were killed near Kreminna in Luhansk Oblast.
Members of the 20th Combined Arms Army had gathered in order to watch their commander deliver a speech but were hit by Kyiv’s HIMARS.
Though Ukraine did not officially confirm the strike was coordinated by themselves, an insider told the Kyiv Post: “It’s a really funny situation there. They stood in the open air for two hours listening to the speech.”
The insider added: “That is enough time to fix them, transport the HIMARS, enter the coordinates and hit them.”
It comes as Russia launched its own offensive operations across the Kupyansk-Svatove-Kreminna line, near Bakhmut, on the Avdiivka-Donetsk City line, in the Donetsk-Zaporizhzhia regional border area, and in the western Zaporizhzhia region earlier this week.
The ISW report that 75 airstrikes and 68 MLRS rocket assaults against Ukrainian settlements and positions were made, according to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine’s update.
In return, Ukraine undertook eight airstrikes.
Earlier on Thursday, a Russian drone struck Ukraine’s port facilities at Izmail, near to the River Danube – a site close to Nato member state Romania.
During the strike, a grain warehouse and an elevator were damaged.
Ukrainian minister Oleksandr Kubrakov said on Twitter: “These are the very ports that have become the foundation of global food security today.”