Russia Says Its Fighter Jets Have Taken Out Ukrainian Targets in New Video

The Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD) claims its Air Force has hit Ukrainian forces in a number of attacks as they released a video showing the jets in action.

Footage obtained from the MoD shows fighter jets sporting the now infamous "Z," daubed in white. The Z is one of the symbols, as well as the letters V and O, that can be seen painted on Russian military vehicles taking part in the invasion of Ukraine.

The Russian MoD claimed in a statement obtained Friday that the country's Air Force had conducted successful operations in Ukraine. They claimed (in English): "High-precision attacks launched by Russian Aerospace Forces have destroyed two command posts, five munitions depots near Ivano-Daryevka, Seversk (Donetsk People's Republic), Belogorovka (Lugansk People's Republic), Nikolayev, Lepetikha (Nikolayev region), as well as AFU [Armed Forces of Ukraine] manpower and military equipment in 26 areas."

Russian fighter jets in action
Several high-precision attacks were reportedly launched by Russian Aerospace Forces in Ukraine, as seen in footage released by the Russian Ministry of Defense on Friday, July 1, 2022. Ministry of Defense of Russia/Zenger

The Russian MoD also claimed: "Within the counter-battery warfare, high-precision attacks launched by Russian Aerospace Forces have neutralized 2 MRLS [Multiple Rocket Launching Systems] platoons and 2 artillery platoons near Lesovka, Selidovo, and Netaylovo that had been shelling the settlements of the Donetsk People's Republic.

"Operational-tactical and army aviation, missile troops and artillery have neutralized: 32 AFU command posts, 1 radar designed for detecting air targets near Katranka (Odessa region), 3 munitions depots near Spornoye (Donetsk People's Republic), as well as manpower and military equipment in 297 areas."

Zenger News has not been able to verify the claims or the footage independently.

Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24 in what the Kremlin still calls a "special military operation." Friday marks the 128th day of the invasion.

Russian fighter jets in action
Several high-precision attacks were reportedly launched by Russian Aerospace Forces in Ukraine, as seen in footage released by the Russian Ministry of Defense on Friday, July 1, 2022. Ministry of Defense of Russia/Zenger

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that between February 24 and July 1, Russia had lost about 35,750 personnel, 1,577 tanks, 3,736 armored combat vehicles, 796 artillery units, 246 multiple launch rocket systems, 105 air defense systems, 217 warplanes, 186 helicopters, 645 drones, 143 cruise missiles, 15 warships, 2,610 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, and 61 units of special equipment.

A missile strike on Odesa killed 18 people, including two children, according to regional governor Maksym Marchenko, with more than 30 people hospitalized. Ukrainian Brigadier General Oleksii Hromov said that Russia is using inaccurate missiles from old Soviet stockpiles in over half of its strikes on the country.

Ukraine's top brass has said that they have forced the Russians to abandon Snake Island and have derided Kremlin officials for claiming that they left as a "gesture of goodwill." Ukraine's military added that the Russians had fled the island in speedboats after being hit by a barrage of missile strikes and artillery.

The situation in the eastern Ukrainian city of Lysychansk has been described as "extremely difficult," with Russian shelling making it impossible for civilians to evacuate.

U.K. Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said that pushing Russian forces out of Ukraine completely was a "realistic" ambition and justification for providing additional weapons.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that a new "iron curtain" is appearing between Russia and the West.

Russia accused Norway of disrupting critical supplies from being delivered to Svalbard on Wednesday, threatening to retaliate. But Norway said that it was not blocking access to the archipelago in the Arctic, stating that it was only applying international sanctions and that the Russians had other ways of getting there.

This story was provided to Newsweek by Zenger News.