A shocking Kremlin video apparently showing the bodies of dozens of dead Ukrainian soldiers in an overrun stronghold has been released by Moscow.
The footage shows bodies scattered among rubble and weapon of what seems to be part of a coastal defence.
The brutal images released by the Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) this morning (27th April) had the message: “Destroyed fortified area of Ukrainian nationalists and the Armed Forces of Ukraine.”
The Russian military said the stronghold was equipped with firing points and an extensive network of trenches.
The Kremlin claims to have asked the Ukrainian unit to surrender before blitzing the position with artillery fire.
Moscow claims around 30 troops died in the onslaught while others, says the Kremlin, fled.
The grim footage shows bodies surrounded by military hardware, but Russia would not give the location of the attack or the date.
Meanwhile, President Putin has reportedly agreed “in principle” to the evacuation of civilians from the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol by representatives of the United Nations and the International Committee for the Red Cross.
The Russian leader made the concession to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres during a meeting in Moscow.
Russia invaded Ukraine on 24th February in what the Kremlin called a “special military operation”. Today marks the 63rd day of the invasion.
From 24th February to 27th April, the total combat losses of Russian troops stand at 22,400 personnel, according to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
The Ukrainian military also claims that Russia has lost 939 battle tanks, 2,342 combat armoured vehicles, 421 artillery systems, 149 MLR systems, 71 anti-aircraft systems, 185 warplanes, 155 helicopters, 1,666 vehicles, 8 vessels, 76 fuel tank trucks, 207 operational-tactical level UAVs, 31 units of special equipment, and four mobile SRBM systems.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Russia is failing in all of its war aims in Ukraine following his short visit to the besieged country.
The talks involving Blinken and US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin in Kyiv on Sunday mark the highest-level visit by US officials since the Russian invasion began.
Officials say Washington has pledged over USD 700 million (GBP 549 million) in additional military aid to Kyiv.