Russia claimed on Wednesday that it had destroyed eight Leopard tanks and lost 15 tanks during the current counterattack by Ukrainian forces.
Earlier on Tuesday, Moscow claimed that its forces destroyed eight Leopard tanks in the southern Donetsk region in repelling an offensive by the Ukrainian army.
“The total losses of the Ukrainian forces in the southern Donetsk region amounted to more than 1,500 Ukrainian soldiers, 28 tanks, including 8 German-made Leopard tanks, 3 French-made АМХ-10 tanks, and 109 armored fighting vehicles,” according to the Russian Defense Ministry.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said: “Unfortunately, we also suffered losses. In total, 71 soldiers were killed in the joint group while repelling the enemy attack, and 210 were wounded… 15 tanks, nine infantry fighting vehicles, two vehicles and nine guns were destroyed.
State media reported that Russia used Vikhr anti-tank missile systems to cripple Ukrainian armor in the special military operation in Ukraine.
Berlin announced earlier this year that it would provide a number of Cold War-era Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine.
Poland delivered its first batch of Leopard-2A4 tanks on 24 February, with deliveries from other partners to continue in the coming weeks.
The allegations have not been independently verified, and Ukraine has said the allegations are pure Russian propaganda and part of an ongoing disinformation campaign.
Leopard 2 is a third-generation main battle tank that carries a 68-tonne chassis with two tracks that extend the length of the vehicle and carry it over rugged terrain that wheeled vehicles cannot reach. Between them is an armor plate designed to protect against mines and missiles.
The chariot seen in the Russian video lacked these features, as well as other distinguishing elements such as the barrel of a real Leopard 120mm, or the machine gun that a crew member could fire from the hatch.