Russian Footage Allegedly Shows How Its Air Defense Systems Track Targets

Russia released new images reportedly showing how its air defense systems track and acquire targets.

Military operators communicate in front of what appears to be sophisticated equipment from what can be seen on the footage. The soldiers can be seen sporting the letter Z on their arms.

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.

pThe Ministry of Defense showed the work of the radar and air defense systems Buk during a special operation. (Ministry of Defense of Russia/Zenger)./p
Military operators communicate in front of what appears to be sophisticated equipment from what can be seen on the footage. The soldiers can be seen sporting the letter "Z" on their arms. Ministry of Defense of Russia/Zenger

In the video, a missile is fired from a military vehicle that can also be seen sporting a Z on its side. The footage then shows military operators communicating and calibrating instruments.

Two soldiers can then be seen running into a trench before one takes up a shoulder-held rocket launcher as the footage ends.

The images were obtained Tuesday morning from the Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD), along with a statement claiming that the images show "personnel on combat duty by the crews of the Nebo-SV radar stations."

The Nebo-SV is a Russian-made early warning radar system first built by the Soviets in 1982.

The Russian MoD also claimed that the images show how "specialists are constantly monitoring the situation in the airspace."

Russian missile launcher in Ukraine
In the video, a missile is fired from a military vehicle that can also be seen sporting a Z on its side. Ministry of Defense of Russia/Zenger

The Russian MoD also said: "As soon as the target is acquired, the station immediately receives a 'Friend or Alien' request. After the ownership of the target is established, a decision is made: skip or destroy.

"Once the target is acquired, the task of destruction from the command post goes to the air defense division. From here, the sky over the Russian units is controlled by the Buk-M3 complexes."

Buk-M3s are medium-range, surface-to-air missile systems.

Zenger News has not been able to independently verify the claims or the footage. Zenger contacted the Russian MoD for further comment, as well as the Ukrainian Defense Ministry, but had not received a reply by the time of writing.

Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24 in what the Kremlin is still calling a "special military operation." Tuesday marks the 125th day of the invasion.

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that between February 24 and June 28, Russia had lost about 35,250 personnel, 1,567 tanks, 3,704 armored combat vehicles, 778 artillery units, 243 multiple launch rocket systems, 102 air defense systems, 217 warplanes, 185 helicopters, 636 drones, 139 cruise missiles, 14 warships, 2,589 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, and 61 units of special equipment.

Russian soldier monitors airspace
Russia released new images showing how its air defense systems track and acquire targets. Ministry of Defense of Russia/Zenger

The Russian missile strike on a shopping mall in the central Ukrainian city of Kremenchuk has been described by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky as one of the "most brazen terrorist acts in European history." More than 1,000 people are said to have been inside the building when it was hit by missiles, with 18 reported killed as of Tuesday morning.

At least 14 missiles hit the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv as G7 leaders met in Germany at the beginning of a three-day summit. Military support for Ukraine is at the top of the agenda. The G7 is made up of Germany, France, Italy, Japan, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States. G7 leaders described the shopping mall missile strike as "abominable."

Zelensky addressed the G7 leaders and said that he wanted the war to end before the end of the year. He repeated his request for anti-aircraft defense systems, as well as further sanctions on Russia. He also repeated his request for help to export grain from Ukraine.

NATO is planning to boost its quick reaction forces from 40,000 troops to over 300,000 troops. World leaders are set to approve plans to increase the number of NATO troops on high alert at a summit in Madrid.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is meeting Finland's Sauli Niinisto and Magdalena Andersson of Sweden at the NATO summit in Madrid to try to resolve their issues.

Russian missiles have also hit the central city of Cherkasy, as well as the strategically vital port city of Odesa.

The eastern Ukrainian city of Severodonetsk is now in Russian hands after Ukrainian troops were ordered to retreat following weeks of siege warfare.

The U.K. and the U.S., as well as Japan and Canada, are banning imports of Russian gold. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that the ban will "strike at the heart of Putin's war machine."

Russian troops have been accused of pillaging vast quantities of grain from farmers in occupied areas of Ukraine, as well as other crops such as sunflower seeds. They have also been accused of stealing fertilizer and agricultural equipment.

More than 345 million people around the world are facing "acute levels of food insecurity" as the war in Ukraine heads into the fifth month, says the World Food Program (WFP).

Johnson said the Russian invasion of Ukraine has had a direct effect on the cost of living around the world.

This story was provided to Newsweek by Zenger News.