Pictures show a Russian armored vehicle being blown up by Ukrainian ordnance while two other vehicles scampered away.
It is unclear exactly where in Ukraine the pictures were shot, but they were obtained by the Assault Forces Command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, which said the operation was carried out by Lviv paratroopers against “the occupiers’ airborne troops.”
A statement added: “You are watching how the landing combat vehicle of the enemy airborne troops is dumped on the sacred Ukrainian land!”
The Ukrainian force said that “an engineer and engineer unit [combat engineer]”, an “independent assault brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine” prepared various “surprises” for the Russian soldiers “in the form of mined areas” in advance.
They said goodbye with “Death to the Russian occupiers!” and the now-famous slogan “Slava Ukraini!”, meaning “Glory to Ukraine!”.
Russian troops invaded Ukraine on February 24 in what the Kremlin still calls a “military special operation”. May 31 marks the 97th day of the campaign.
From February 24 to May 31, the total combat losses of Russian troops amounted to around 30,500 men, according to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
The Ukrainian military also claims that Russia lost 1,358 tanks, 3,302 armored fighting vehicles, 649 artillery systems, 207 multiple missile systems, 93 anti-aircraft systems, 208 combat aircraft, 174 helicopters, 2,275 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, 13 ships and 515 unmanned aerial vehicles, 48 units of special equipment and 120 cruise missiles .
Last week, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree making it easier for Ukrainians in the occupied territories to become citizens of Russia. He also lifted the upper age limit for contract service in the 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.
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has now confirmed 8,900 civilian casualties in Ukraine, including 4,074 dead and 4,826 injured. But OHCHR believes “the actual numbers are significantly higher”.
This is because “receipt of information from some locations where intense hostilities were taking place has been delayed and many reports are still awaiting confirmation”.
OHCHR said information is still missing on places like Mariupol in Donetsk region, Izium in Kharkiv region and Popasna in Luhansk region, where there are allegedly numerous civilian casualties.
Ukrainian officials say about 20,000 civilians died during the Russian siege alone of the strategic port city of Mariupol, now under Russian control, after the last remaining Ukrainian forces surrendered after weeks of being held at the Azovstal steelworks.
This story was provided to Newsweek by Zenger News.
https://www.newsweek.com/armored-vehicle-blown-ukrainian-ordnance-russians-scurry-video-shows-1711805 Armored vehicle blown up by Ukrainian guns as Russians scurry, video shows