Ukraine says SBU ‘white wolves’ destroyed 10 Russian tanks in one night

Ukraine said the video released on Saturday shows how its forces managed to target Russian tanks overnight.

The clip tweeted by Ukraine’s security service, the SBU, shows a bird’s eye view of military vehicles exploding after being hit from above.

“Nine or ten? TEN! That’s the number of Russian tanks destroyed by SBU ‘White Wolves’ special forces in one night!” the SBU said on Telegram alongside the clip, which on Saturday afternoon , had received more than 47,000 views.

The SBU said an armored personnel carrier was also hit in the strikes towards Russian-occupied Donetsk. The video has not been independently verified and the exact location of the alleged strikes has not been mentioned. Newsweek emailed the Russian Defense Ministry for comment.

A burned Russian tank lies in a field of sunflowers near Izyum in eastern Ukraine October 1, 2022. Ukraine claimed on March 18, 2023 that it had destroyed 10 Russian tanks the previous day. JUAN BARRETO/Getty Images

It comes after another video went viral showing Ukrainian forces hitting one of the Russian T-90 tanks, which are considered some of the invaders’ most advanced equipment.

Ukraine’s Home Affairs Advisor Anton Gerashchenko tweeted that his country’s National Guard Brigade was among the Ukrainian forces that had “hunted down and destroyed the pride of the Russian defense industry – the T90 Proryv tank”.

On Saturday, Kyiv held talks with US officials about upcoming US military assistance, including weapons and ammunition, Ukrainian Presidential Chief of Staff Andriy Yermak wrote on Telegram.

They discussed “the current situation at the front, combat operations in the most difficult directions, as well as the urgent needs of the Ukrainian army,” Yermak wrote according to a translation.

During the call, US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said Thursday that Ukraine “didn’t have time to waste” before a planned spring offensive.

Austin had said the United States must “promptly and fully” deliver on what it had promised Kiev. This included securing armored capabilities on the battlefield and ensuring Ukrainian troops received “the training, spare parts and maintenance support they need”, Politico reported.

Meanwhile, Russian media on Saturday reported how Vladimir Putin visited the Russian-occupied Crimean peninsula nine years after declaring its occupation. He visited an art school in the Black Sea port city of Sevastopol accompanied by local governor Mikhail Razvozhayev, according to television footage.

The Russian president’s visit to the peninsula illegally annexed by Moscow in 2014 came a day after the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued an arrest warrant against him for his role in the illegal deportation of Ukrainian children.

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