PUTIN ON THE BLITZ: Ukrainian Shelling Destroys Russian Base
A precision Ukrainian artillery attack turned a Russian base into a deadly fireworks display after the blast triggered live ammunition.
Aerial footage of the blitz shows the military tank base after it was shelled by Ukrainian ground forces.
The video opens with a fire raging on the facility and what looks like a fireworks display as munitions are apparently detonated.
A huge explosion is then seen, with a cloud of thick smoke rising high into the sky.
Newsflash obtained the video from the 14th Separate Mechanised Brigade named after Prince Roman the Great – a mechanised brigade of the Ukrainian Ground Forces – yesterday (Monday, 9th May).
The brigade said (in Ukrainian): “To incinerate the enemy in the same way as Princely dragons-gods of war is the highest art! We are creating hell for racist creatures on earth. We can do everything, everywhere, always!”
The brigade is garrisoned in Volodymyr, which is a small city located in Volyn Oblast, in north-western Ukraine. It did not say where in Ukraine the strikes took place.
Russia troops invaded Ukraine on 24th February in what the Kremlin is now calling a “special military operation” to “protect Donbass”. Today marks the 76th day of the invasion.
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” in Ukraine was necessary and was provoked by the West.
Meanwhile, the south-western Ukrainian port city of Odesa 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.
And Russian forces are now conducting “storming operations” at the Azovstal metallurgical plant in besieged Mariupol, according to the Ukrainian Ministry of Defence, with some 700 wounded soldiers apparently trapped in the steelworks.
And the bodies of 44 civilians have been found amid the rubble of a five-storey building in Izium destroyed by Russian forces in March, said a Ukrainian official.