Friendly Fire: Russian VDV Destroys Own BTR-82

Russian VDV paratroopers proudly posted a video claiming to show an FPV kamikaze drone strike on a Ukrainian vehicle, however, the claim was quickly dispelled by video analysts on social media, showing the targeted BTR-82 was actually a Russian IFV that likely belonged to the VDV themselves.


It's not clear if the vehicle was manned at the time of the strike. Additionally, disgruntled Russian soldiers on Telegram have reported striking abandon vehicles multiple times to produce videos giving the impression of multiple successful strikes to satisfy higher leadership with false progress.


The footage was geolocated to Robotyne, which is now under the control of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.


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Will Killmore is a US Army combat infantry veteran and Purple Heart recipient. He has deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan with the 172nd Stryker Brigade and 173rd Airborne Brigade. Following his time in service, he successfully pursued a certificate of journalism and has been a blogger for Funker530 since 2014. Follow Will’s bad takes on Twitter

Published 6 months ago

Russian VDV paratroopers proudly posted a video claiming to show an FPV kamikaze drone strike on a Ukrainian vehicle, however, the claim was quickly dispelled by video analysts on social media, showing the targeted BTR-82 was actually a Russian IFV that likely belonged to the VDV themselves.


It's not clear if the vehicle was manned at the time of the strike. Additionally, disgruntled Russian soldiers on Telegram have reported striking abandon vehicles multiple times to produce videos giving the impression of multiple successful strikes to satisfy higher leadership with false progress.


The footage was geolocated to Robotyne, which is now under the control of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.


About the Author

Author's Photo

Will Killmore

Will Killmore is a US Army combat infantry veteran and Purple Heart recipient. He has deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan with the 172nd Stryker Brigade and 173rd Airborne Brigade. Following his time in service, he successfully pursued a certificate of journalism and has been a blogger for Funker530 since 2014. Follow Will’s bad takes on Twitter

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