Russian Army Vehicle Laden With Ammo Explodes Following Ukrainian Strike

Graphic footage shows an ammo-laden Russian army vehicle being turned to scrap in a spectacular explosion after Ukrainian forces score a direct hit on it.

The video opens with several explosions breaking out in and around a devastated settlement among fields as Ukrainian forces shell the area.

The drone filming from the sky then zooms in on burning wreckage, which appears to be a Ural-4320 general-purpose off-road 6×6 vehicle daubed with a white "Z."

Ukraine strikes loaded Russian ammo truck
Ukrainian defenders say they effectively destroyed a Russian Ural truck loaded with ammunition. 30 OMBr/Zenger

An explosion then fills the screen as the ammo inside the vehicle detonates and debris is flung all around.

Fire then rages as a thick plume of dark smoke rises into the sky.

Zenger News obtained the footage from the 30th Independent Mechanized Brigade, a formation of the Ukrainian Ground Forces, on Monday.

The brigade said (in Ukrainian): "The enemy vehicle 'Ural' with ammunition destroyed by our soldiers burns no worse than the cruiser 'Moskva.'"

The Russian guided missile cruiser Moskva famously sunk in the Black Sea on April 14 after Ukrainian forces damaged the ship with two R-360 Neptune anti-ship missiles. Russia claimed the sinking was due to "stormy seas."

The 30th Independent Mechanized Brigade did not specify where in Ukraine the latest strike took place.

Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24 in what the Kremlin has been calling a "special military operation" to "protect Donbass." May 24 marks the 90th day of the invasion.

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) reported earlier today that Russia had lost about 29,350 troops between February 24 and May 24.

The AFU General Staff added that Russia had also lost 1,302 tanks, 3,194 armored fighting vehicles, 606 artillery systems, 201 multiple launch rocket systems, 93 anti-aircraft systems, 205 aircraft, 170 helicopters, 2,213 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, 13 vessels, 480 unmanned aerial vehicles, 43 units of special equipment and 112 cruise missiles over the same period.

Russian forces are currently trying to encircle the eastern cities of Sievierodonetsk, Lysychansk, and Rubizhne, according to the Ministry of Defense of the United Kingdom.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Russian troops are trying to destroy "everything living" in the embattled Donbas region, but he reiterated that his country remains willing to exchange prisoners with Russia.

Jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny condemned Russian President Vladimir Putin in a live court hearing on Tuesday, calling him a "madman" who started a "stupid war" in Ukraine.

This story was provided to Newsweek by Zenger News.