Video From Ukraine Shows Troops Making Use of American-Made 'Stingers'

Ukrainian soldiers have said that the war is almost like being in a western but instead of cowboys packing Colts and Winchesters, they are packing American-made Stinger missiles.

Footage obtained from the Territorial Defense Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine shows a Ukrainian soldier handling a Stinger missile launcher before the footage shows another soldier loading an American belt-fed M240 machine gun with 7.62-caliber, M13 link ammunition.

"M13" can be seen on the box of ammo. "M13 link" is a U.S. military designation for a metallic, disintegrating link that is designed for belt-fed firearms that take 7.62-caliber rounds.

110th Zaporizhzhia Separate Territorial Defense Brigade
A soldier with the 110th Zaporizhzhia Separate Territorial Defense Brigade uses an American MANPADS "Stinger" that can hit air targets at a distance of up to 4.3 miles. @TerritorialDefenseForces/Zenger

The footage then shows an SPG-9 anti-tank grenade launcher mounted on a tripod. SPG-9s were first developed in the Soviet Union.

The footage was obtained from the Territorial Defense Forces on Tuesday along with a statement saying: "This video is almost a real western.

"But instead of cowboys in it - fighters of the Territorial Defense Forces of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

"And instead of Winchesters and Colts - stingers and machine guns.

"See what the Zaporizhian brigade of the Territorial Defense Forces is fighting for."

The images and the sentiment were also relayed by the Armed Forces of Ukraine, as well as by the Regional Directorate of Territorial Defense Forces "East" and the Zaporizhzhia Separate Territorial Defense Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The latter feature in the footage.

The deputy commander of the 110th Battalion of the Zaporizhzhia Separate Territorial Defense Brigade, who was not named but whose nickname is "Starichok," said: "Soldiers of the 110th Brigade of the Zaporizhzhya Military District are masterful with the weapons received from foreign partners: the M240 machine gun, the Stinger MANPADS system, and the SPG-9 anti-tank grenade launcher.

"The American MANPADS 'Stinger' allows you to hit air targets at a distance of up to 7 kilometers [4.3 miles].

"The soldiers of the Zaporizhia brigade of the Territorial Defense Forcesare also armed with the American M240 machine gun. Its aiming range is 1.5 kilometers [1 mile].

"Also, our defenders mastered the SPG-9 anti-tank grenade launcher. Day and night vision sights are included with it. The damage range is up to 4 kilometers [2.5 miles].

"This weapon came to us from Poland, it is an SPG-9. Starting with armored personnel carriers and ending with tanks. That is, it will break through the tank from the side."

The U.S. has supplied a large number of Stinger missiles to Ukraine and the Defense Department is now accelerating the speed at which it produces them.

Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24 in what the Kremlin is calling a "special military operation." Thursday marks the 141st day of the invasion.

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that between February 24 and July 14, Russia had lost about 37,870 personnel, 1,667 tanks, 3,852 armored combat vehicles, 840 artillery units, 247 multiple launch rocket systems, 109 air defense systems, 219 warplanes, 188 helicopters, 681 drones, 155 cruise missiles, 15 warships, 2,720 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, and 67 units of special equipment.

Other developments in the Russia-Ukraine war:

Turkey, Ukraine, Russia and the United Nations have concluded a deal to resume exporting Ukrainian grain, with a monitoring and coordination center being set up in Istanbul.

A traffic jam made up of more than 130 cargo ships that are loaded with Ukrainian grain is waiting in the Black Sea to pass into the Danube River.

Grain shipments via the River Danube have increased, with a canal being reopened. An increased number of foreign ships are now able to reach Ukrainian ports to help export grain.

Ukraine's foreign minister, Dmytro Kuleba, has ruled out giving any territory to Russia as part of any ceasefire deal.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has said that Russia has forcibly removed nearly 2 million people from the country. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken called for an immediate halt to Russian deportations of Ukrainian citizens.

The British Ministry of Defense has said that "the urban areas of Slovyansk and Kramatorsk likely remain the principal objectives" of the Russian forces in eastern Ukraine.

In a reversal of policy, Lithuania's foreign ministry has said that it will allow sanctioned Russian goods to transit through its territory on their way to Russia's Kaliningrad exclave.

This story was provided to Newsweek by Zenger News.