Ukrainian soldiers destroying Russian positions in eastern Ukraine
Ukraine destroyed seven Russian tanks and 15 “dugours with occupants” along the eastern front line, footage has shown. In a video published to Telegram by the country’s security service, known as the SBU, drones captured the moment more than a dozen Russian trench positions were exploded by kamikaze unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and missiles, while a handful of tanks were also destroyed.
It comes as Ukrainian forces over the weekend targeted multiple Russian positions in Donbas, including an alleged advance of nearly a kilometre and a half near the besieged city of Bakhmut, and further west in Zaporizhzhia Oblast.
As the long-awaited Ukrainian counteroffensive begins to gather pace, the SBU posted a video of their latest successful attacks on their Telegram.
In the video, multiple Russian positions are seen being blown up while roughly seven tanks are also seen to be destroyed.
The attacks, carried out over a week, took place west of Donetsk city and in the Zaporizhzhia region, according to geolocators. Another video shows a column of Putin’s tanks being destroyed after getting stuck at the end of a road in Zaporizhzhia where Ukrainian forces were waiting for them.
Both attacks were carried about by the “White Wolves” unit within the SBU, which has been heavily involved in special operations against the Russian forces.
In a statement accompanying the video, the SBU said: “Our soldiers work 24/7 in the hottest spots so that the trenches and fortifications on Ukrainian land become graves for the occupiers.”
They said that in “just one week”, they had destroyed seven tanks, 15 dugouts with occupations and an unspecified number of “armoured vehicles, trucks and engineering equipment”.
They added that they were “working towards complete victory”.
Alongside the second video showing the tanks being destroyed, national media publication Ukrainska Pravda wrote: “A convoy of military vehicles of the 83rd Brigade of the Russian Airborne Forces came under targeted fire from Ukrainian artillery.”
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On Saturday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Kyiv’s military had started “counter-offensive and defensive operations”.
Without providing any details concerning the military operation, he said Ukraine’s commanders were “all in a positive mood”, adding: “Pass that on to Putin.”
The Russian President a day earlier said he was “absolutely certain” the counteroffensive had begun. “It can be stated with absolute certainty that this offensive has begun,” he said.
However, he claimed that the first waves of this counterattack had “not achieved” anything but the loss of Ukrainian soldiers.
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Russian milbloggers reported over the weekend that Ukrainian military advances were underway in Luhansk Oblast, near Bilohorivka, a small settlement deep in the region, according to the Institute for the Study of War.
Ukrainian Eastern Group of Forces Spokesperson Colonel Serhiy Cherevaty noted that Ukrainian forces advanced up to 1,400m in unspecified areas of the Bakhmut front, and Russian milbloggers reported Ukrainian advances northwest and northeast of Bakhmut.
Additional attacks were also reported by the Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) along the Donetsk-Zaporizhzhia border further west, particularly in the Velyka Novosilka area.
Geolocated footage posted on Saturday also indicated that Ukrainian forces in western Zaporizhia Oblast had made localised gains during counterattacks southwest and southeast of Orikhiv.
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