A video shared on Twitter on Thursday shows Ukrainian troops dancing before seeing victory in the town of Lyman, which they recaptured from Russian forces on Saturday.
“When you see Ukrainian troops are encircling Lyman,” wrote Ukrainian journalist Oleksiy Sorokin of the Kyiv Independent, tweeting the video, which has now been viewed 1.6 million times.
Video shows the soldiers gathered indoors around what appears to be a military vehicle before the room is blacked out and they dance and wave red lights in the air.
Another video shared on Twitter by user Ilya Ayzin reportedly shows Ukrainian troops swaying from side to side as they head towards Lyman.
“Forces enter Lyman” Ayzin wrote. “Ours know how to set the mood.”
RIA Novosti, a state-run Russian media organization, reported that the Russian Defense Ministry confirmed on Saturday that Moscow had withdrawn troops from the Ukrainian city occupied since May.
The successful operation to retake the city came after a spokesman for Ukraine’s military said on Friday that encirclement near the city was “in the final stages”.
“All of the enemy’s approaches and logistic routes through which he delivered ammunition and manpower are actually under fire control [of Ukraine]’ said spokesman Serhii Cherevatyi.
Lyman is a town in Ukraine’s Donetsk region — one of four regions where Russians voted to join Russia via referendum earlier this week. The results of the referendum votes were blown up by Ukraine’s foreign ministry, which described them as a “propaganda show”. Russian President Vladimir Putin used the votes as a basis for the illegal annexation of the territories.
The annexation of the Russian leader and the referendum vote have been widely criticized.
“Papers signed in the Kremlin do not determine who has sovereignty over Ukrainian lands. Ukrainian soldiers marching on Lyman do so,” Michael McFaul, a former US ambassador to Russia, tweeted on Friday.
“I strongly condemn Russia’s illegal annexation of Ukraine’s Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhia and Kherson regions. This is a serious violation of both international law and Ukraine’s sovereignty,” French President Emmanuel Macron said on Friday.
Meanwhile, Ukraine stressed that the annexation would not change its military goals of finally freeing all territories from Russian control.
“We will liberate our territory by military means. And our actions depend not so much on what the Russian Federation thinks or wants, but on Ukraine’s military potential,” Ukraine’s presidential aide Mykhailo Podolyak told the Associated Press on Thursday.
news week asked the defense ministries of Russia and Ukraine for their opinion.
After the withdrawal of Russian troops from Lyman, Ramzan Kadyrov, head of Russia’s Chechen Republic, urged Putin to use nuclear weapons.
“I don’t know what the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation is reporting to the Commander-in-Chief, but in my personal opinion more drastic measures should be taken, up to and including the imposition of martial law in the border areas and the use of low-yield nuclear weapons. It’s not necessary to make every decision with the Western American community in mind — they’ve already said so and done a lot against us,” Kadyrov, a Putin ally who has backed the Russian invasion, said on Telegram.
https://www.newsweek.com/video-ukraine-troops-dancing-ahead-lyman-victory-viewed-16m-times-1748180 Video of Ukrainian troops dancing before Lyman’s victory has been viewed 1.6 million times