Fleeing Russian forces have been mocked by Ukraine over video footage that shows them scrambling to abandon an under-fire position.
Ukrainian troops filmed the missile strike and could not help but laugh at their enemy’s rapid retreat on foot.
With an added soundtrack of comic music, the footage apparently shows the Russian soldiers fleeing up a country road.
The 59th Motorized Infantry Brigade – a formation of the Ukrainian Ground Forces – said on the morning of 11th April: “Good morning, Ukraine!
“The day should start with a workout, even if you don’t really want to.
“As the orcs do not like morning exercises, the guys from the 59th Motorized Infantry Brigade, named after Yakov Gandziuk, did their best to help them work up the necessary energy, organising them for a morning run and push-ups.”
In the footage, at least two multi-purpose vehicles are seen parked next to a tree line in an open field before two missiles explode nearby.
As the smoke clears, around a dozen men are seen sprinting up the road as further strikes hit the area, sending large plumes of smoke high into the sky.
The footage was reportedly filmed in Haisyn Raion, in Vinnytsia Oblast, in south-western Ukraine.
Russia invaded Ukraine on 24th February in what the Kremlin is calling a “special military operation”. Today marks the 47th day of the invasion.
From 24th February to 11th April, the total combat losses of Russian troops stand at 19,500 personnel, according to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
The Ukrainian military also claims that Russia has lost 725 tanks, 1,923 armoured fighting vehicles, 347 artillery systems, 111 multiple launch rocket systems, 55 anti-aircraft warfare systems, 154 aircraft, 137 helicopters, 1,387 motor vehicles, seven boats/cutters, 76 fuel tanks, 119 unmanned aerial vehicles, 25 special equipment units and four mobile SRBM systems.
In latest reports, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says Russia is amassing tens of thousands of troops for its next offensive in the east of the country as more civilians are set to leave besieged regions via humanitarian corridors.
Meanwhile, Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer is due to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin for talks in the Russian capital, Moscow, thereby becoming the European Union’s first premier to meet the Russian leader since the start of the war.
The World Bank has said that the Ukrainian economy will shrink by almost half this year, due to the ongoing war.