Ukrainian Special Ops Troops Destroy Russian Launch System

Ukrainian special ops troops destroyed a Russian missile system that had just received new ammo to launch an offensive against them, Ukraine military officials say.

The Special Operations Forces (SSO) said they saw the enemy receiving new ammo for their anti-tank missile systems, and managed to strike the first – and only – blow.

The Ukrainian military claimed that they killed the Russian "anti-tank fighters" and the new gear they had just received.

Ukraine hits Russian anti-missile system
Ukrainian SSO operators without delay attacked ammunition of Russian anti-tank missile systems, according to Ukrainian military officials. StratCom AFU StratCom/Zenger

The Command of the SSO of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said Friday: "In the duel of the 'birdwatchers', operators of the SSO of Ukraine won.

"In one section of the frontlines, our soldiers saw the Russians bring ammunition for their anti-tank missile systems. Quickly assessing the situation, SSO operators were the first to attack without delay.

"The missile of the Ukrainian ATGM [Anti-Tank Guided Missile] from the first shot accurately struck the position of enemy anti-tank fighters, destroying them along with the newly brought ammunition."

Russian troops invaded Ukraine on February 24 in what the Kremlin is still calling a "special military operation." Friday marks the 86th day of the campaign.

From February 24 to May 20, the total combat losses of Russian troops stand at around 28,700 personnel, according to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

The Ukrainian military also claims that Russia has lost 1,263 tanks, 3,090 armored fighting vehicles, 596 artillery systems, 200 multiple launch rocket systems, 93 anti-aircraft systems, 204 warplanes, 168 helicopters, 2,162 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, 13 vessels, 460 unmanned aerial vehicles, and 43 units of special equipment.

Meanwhile, following the fall of the port city of Mariupol, the Russian authorities plan to tear down the Azovstal metallurgical plant and turn the city into a luxury resort, according to the Institute for the Study of War.

The Kremlin also says that the Ukrainian fighters from the Azovstal plant have been taken to a former prison colony in a Russian-controlled part of Donetsk.

However, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called Russia's invasion of Ukraine an "absolute failure" and said Russian leaders were afraid to acknowledge "that catastrophic mistakes were made at the highest military and state level."

Zelensky also said that said Ukraine is determined to reclaim control over the southern cities of Kherson, Melitopol, Berdiansk, Enerhodar, and Mariupol, now occupied by Russian forces.

This story was provided to Newsweek by Zenger News.