LINE OF FIRE: Column Of Russian Tanks Destroyed By Ukrainian Missile Squad
This is the moment Ukrainian soldiers destroy a column of Russian tanks and armoured vehicles on a rural road.
The battle group K2 of the 54th Mechanized Brigade, part of the Ukrainian Ground Forces and Operational Command East, joked that the “tourists” came to the country in “heavy equipment” instead of visiting “to relax”.
The K2 Battle Group said on 10th May: “We want to tell and show you a story, dear Ukrainians. It was one spring morning in the territory of our native Ukraine. ‘Tourists’ came to our country, but not to relax, instead to trample on our roads with heavy equipment.
“However, the ‘tourists’ did not know that the road was made by members of the K2 group with the help of other highly skilled workers.
“The road was not good quality and the equipment broke down, and in our state there are no service stations for such vehicles.
“This happens when you visit us without an invitation. Glory to Ukraine!”
Local reports said the attack took place in the eastern Ukrainian region of Donetsk Oblast, adding that K2 soldiers “punished the occupiers for their impudence”
During the attack, Ukrainian anti-tank sharpshooters seem to be able to pick off the tanks and armoured cars at will.
At one point, one tank can be seen in flames as it tried to get off the road.
Russian troops invaded Ukraine on 24th February in what the Kremlin is still calling a “special military operation” to “protect Donbass”. Today marks the 76th day of the campaign.
From 24th February to 10th May, the total combat losses of Russian troops stand at around 26,000 personnel, according to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
The Ukrainian military also claims that Russia has lost 1,170 tanks, 2,808 armoured fighting vehicles, 519 artillery systems, 185 multiple launch rocket systems, 87 anti-aircraft systems, 199 warplanes, 158 helicopters, 1,980 motor vehicles, 10 fuel tankers, 12 vessels, 380 unmanned aerial vehicles, 41 units of special equipment and 94 cruise missiles.
This week, Vladimir Putin addressed a huge military parade on Red Square in Moscow to commemorate the defeat of Nazi Germany at the hands of the Soviet Union in World War II.
The Russian President used his speech to claim that Russian troops in eastern Ukraine were “defending the motherland”. He also said that the “special military operation” was necessary and was provoked by the West.
Meanwhile, the south-western Ukrainian port city of Odessa has been rocked by Russian missile strikes, which hit a shopping centre and a depot, reportedly killing one and injuring five.
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has warned that the Russian blockade of Ukraine’s Black Sea ports threatens global food supplies.