57th Brigade of Ukraine destroys 2 Russian tanks, records of aftermath

This footage shows two wrecked Russian tanks burning on a dirt road after encountering members of Ukraine’s 57th Motorized Brigade.

The 57th Motorized Brigade, named after Cossack Ataman Kostya Gordienko, a formation of Ukraine’s Ground Forces, said the attack took place on the 91st day of the May 25 invasion.

The Ukrainian brigade, formed in the fall of 2014, said it destroyed two Russian tanks in the easternmost region of Ukraine’s Luhansk Oblast.

The brigade statement said: “Day 91. In the Luhansk region, fighters of the 57th Motorized Brigade destroyed two Russian tanks.”

The 57th Brigade of Ukraine meets Russian tanks
Russian tanks burn after being destroyed by fighters from Ukraine’s 57th Brigade in May 2022.
57 Infantry Brigade/Zenger

In other developments, Ukrainian officials said Russian forces had attacked over 40 towns in the eastern Donbass region.

They added that five civilians died, 12 were injured and 47 civilian facilities were destroyed or damaged in the latest attacks.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday signed a decree making it easier for Ukrainians in the occupied territories to become citizens of Russia.

Russia has also eliminated the upper age limit for contract service in its military.

Ukraine has described Russia’s offer to unblock its Black Sea ports in exchange for lifting some sanctions as “blackmail”.

The blockade has led to shortages of wheat and cooking oil worldwide.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Wednesday likened former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger to Nazi appeasers in 1938 after Kissinger suggested Ukraine should keep Russia’s Crimea, which it annexed in 2014 after a disputed referendum.

Russian troops invaded Ukraine on February 24 in what the Kremlin still calls a “military special operation”. May 26 marks the 92nd day of the campaign.

From February 24 to May 26, the total combat losses of Russian troops amounted to around 29,600 men, according to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

The Ukrainian military also claims that Russia lost 1,315 tanks, 3,235 armored fighting vehicles, 617 artillery systems, 201 multiple missile systems, 93 anti-aircraft systems, 206 combat aircraft, 170 helicopters, 2,225 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, 13 ships, 502 unmanned aerial vehicles, 47 units with special equipment and 114 cruise missile.

Zelenskyy said Russian forces were trying to destroy “everything living” in the contested Donbass region, and he reiterated that his country remains ready to exchange prisoners with Russia.

Last week, Zelenskyy called Russia’s invasion of Ukraine an “absolute failure” and said the Russian leadership was afraid to admit “catastrophic mistakes were made at the highest military and state levels.”

This story was provided to Newsweek by Zenger News.

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Rick Schindler

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