The military administration of Zaporizhia celebrated the destruction of Russian artillery systems and praised guerrillas and Ukrainian fighters for their actions in a Telegram post on Saturday.
Ukraine has been defending the country from Russian invasion since February 24.
“In addition, thanks to concerted actions with guerrillas, Ukrainian riflemen destroyed several artillery systems of the Russian army,” the translated post reads. “The invaders responded to these defeats by tightening controls at checkpoints and inspecting not only private cars but also public transport in Melitopol.”
news week contacted the Russian Ministry of Defense for confirmation and comment.
“The Ukrainian military is pushing the enemy further south,” the Post continued. “Let’s win together! Glory to Ukraine!”
Zaporizhia, with a pre-war population of approximately 722,000, is located in south-eastern Ukraine and is home to the Zaporizhia Nuclear Power Plant. It is the administrative center of Zaporizhia Oblast.
In Melitopol, the Associated Press reported in a tweet on Tuesday that “Ukrainian guerrilla fighters have reportedly killed several senior Russian officers in the southern city of Melitopol. No details of the killings were released and the report could not be immediately verified.”
The Russian military reported Thursday that it had destroyed Ukrainian armored vehicles in the region over the past week. This attack is said to have taken place near the village of Vishnevoe.
“On May 14, 2022, Russian soldiers stopped an attempted counterattack by Ukrainian armed formations in the Zaporizhia region,” the Russian military said.
In that attack, Russia said it destroyed 26 Ukrainian tanks and 12 infantry fighting vehicles and killed an estimated 100 soldiers.
The announcement by Zaporizhzhia’s military administration on Saturday followed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in a Ukrainian TV interview in which he praised Ukrainian military personnel for their service. He told the armed forces they had broken the “backbone” of “one of the strongest armies in the world”.
“We’ve already done that,” he told the broadcaster. “Even mentally. You won’t be able to get back on your feet for the next few years. But let’s not forget that all our soldiers also want to live.”
Zelenskyy also insisted that the only way to end the Russian invasion of Ukraine is through diplomacy, as “there are things that can only be achieved at the negotiating table”.
“Talks between Ukraine and Russia will definitely go ahead. In what format I don’t know — with facilitators, without them, in a broader group, at the presidential level.”
Until peace can be negotiated, he conceded that the brutal fighting will continue and “only through diplomacy will it finally end.”
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