Ukrainian forces destroy Russian unit hiding among trees

Written by Javed Iqbal

Pictures released by Ukrainian military officials reportedly show the moment Ukrainian forces located and destroyed a Russian self-propelled artillery unit hiding among some trees.

The shooting, which appears to have been accelerated, begins with an explosion that takes place in what appears to be a small village, with the camera apparently looking for a target. It quickly identifies an enemy vehicle that has been described as a self-propelled artillery unit.

With artillery shells landing near it, Ukrainian forces then appear to be opening fire. Eventually, one of them appears to score a direct hit and blow up the enemy unit.

40th separate artillery brigade hits Russia's artillery
Ukraine’s strategic communications department said footage showed “the 40th separate artillery brigade, named after the Grand Duke, destroying the occupiers’ self-propelled artillery.”
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It is unclear exactly where in Ukraine the images were filmed, but footage was taken on Wednesday from the 40th Separate Artillery Brigade, officially the “40th Separate Artillery Brigade named after Grand Duke Vytautas,” and the Strategic Communications Department of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

The 40th separate artillery brigade is usually based in Pervomaisk, a town in the Mykolaiv Oblast region of southern Ukraine.

The Strategic Communications Department (StratCom) said footage shows “the 40th separate artillery brigade, named after the Grand Duke, destroying the occupiers’ self-propelled artillery.”

Self-propelled artillery units are typically mobile military vehicles that are similar to tanks but have much longer guns. They often have larval tracks, but usually participate in long-range bombardment support operations when on the battlefield.

Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24 in what the Kremlin calls a “special military operation.” Wednesday marks the 119th day of the invasion.

The General Staff of Ukraine’s Armed Forces reported that between February 24 and June 22, Russia had lost about 34,230 men, 1,496 tanks, 3,614 armored combat vehicles, 752 artillery units, 239 multiple-launch missiles, 99 air defense systems, 216 warplanes. , 182 helicopters, 614 drones, 137 cruise missiles, 14 warships, 2,543 motor vehicles and fuel tankers and 60 units of special equipment.

The Ukrainian military said it has launched air strikes on Zmiinyi Islandwhich is also known as Snake Island, causing “significant losses” to Russia’s forces there in an operation that it says is underway.

Russia conducted an anti-ship missile exercise this week in the Baltic Sea in the midst of escalating tensions with NATO member Lithuania, after the latter country blocked the transit of goods to the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad.

Russian Foreign Ministry Press Secretary Maria Zakharova said Moscow’s response to Lithuania’s ban on transit of goods, sanctioned by EUto Kaliningrad will be not only diplomatic but also practical.

Ukrainian forces have said that they have been successfully thwarting fresh Russian trials to advance in the Kharkiv region of northeastern Ukraine, but Russian forces have captured several settlements near Lysychansk and Severodonetsk, where 568 civilians are still believed to be sheltered in Severodonetsk’s Azot chemical plant.

Iryna Vereshchuk, Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine and Minister for the Reintegration of Temporary Occupied Territories, has called on the Kherson region to evacuate, to help Ukrainian forces “occupy” the area.

British intelligence has claimed that the pro-Russian so-called Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) may have lost about 55 percent of its original forces.

Zelensky said a “historic week” has begun as Kyiv awaits a decision from Brussels on its EU candidate status, with the EU expected to approve the application before the end of the week.

This comes after the European Parliament adopted a resolution on 8 June recommending that European Union give Ukraine the status of candidate country for EU membership. About 438 Members of the European Parliament voted in favor of the resolution, of which 65 voted against and 94 abstained.

Zelensky, who spoke to the African Union on Monday, also accused Russia of holding Africa hostage due to a lack of grain and fertilizer.

This story was delivered to Newsweek by Zenger news.

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