Russian Squaddie Picked Off In Aerial Bombardment While Walking On Grassy Track

An unsuspecting Russian trooper was blown up when he was hit by an artillery strike from Ukrainian forces.

Aerial footage purports to show Russian troops marching across a field before an explosion is seen and a squaddie is left motionless on the ground.

Newsflash obtained the video from the 53rd Separate Mechanised Brigade – a brigade of the Ukrainian ground forces – yesterday (Wednesday, 27th April).

Soldiers from the 53rd separate mechanized brigade named after Prince Vladimir Monomakh strikes at Russian soldiers on 27th April, 2022. (@53brigade/Newsflash)

It opens with Russian troops marching across a field in an unspecified location in Ukraine.

Suddenly, an explosion is seen, and, after the smoke clears, what appears to be a fallen Russian squaddie emerges. His colleagues then rush to his aid as the shelling continues.

The 53rd Separate Mechanised Brigade said (in Ukrainian): “The horde of the Russian Federation marched on the Ukrainian field, enjoying the landscape.

Soldiers from the 53rd separate mechanized brigade named after Prince Vladimir Monomakh strikes at Russian soldiers on 27th April, 2022. (@53brigade/Newsflash)

“But the soldiers of the Separate Mechanised Brigade named after Prince Vladimir Monomakh made adjustments to this peaceful picture.

“Enjoy!

“Believe in the soldiers, believe in the Armed Forces of Ukraine!

“Together we win!”

The 53rd Separate Mechanised Brigade is subordinated to Operational Command East and is deployed in Sievierodonetsk and Lysychansk, in Luhansk Oblast.

Luhansk and Donetsk Oblasts comprise the Donbas region of Ukraine.

This is where Russia is now focusing its invasion after withdrawing its forces from around Kyiv and Chernihiv earlier this month.

Soldiers from the 53rd separate mechanized brigade named after Prince Vladimir Monomakh strikes at Russian soldiers on 27th April, 2022. (@53brigade/Newsflash)

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) reported earlier today that Russia had lost around 22,800 troops over the course of the invasion thus far.

The AFU General Staff also said Russia had lost 970 tanks, 2,389 armoured fighting vehicles, 431 artillery systems, 151 multiple launch rocket systems, 72, anti-aircraft systems, 187 warplanes, 155 helicopters, 1,688 motor vehicles, eight vessels, 76 fuel tankers, 215 unmanned aerial vehicles, 31 units of special equipment and four short-range ballistic missile systems.

Russian troops invaded Ukraine on 24th February in what the Kremlin is now calling a “special military operation” to “protect Donbas”. The invasion is now in its 64th day.

The report comes as United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who has been visiting occupied sites around Kyiv, calls war in the 21st century an “absurdity”.

Guterres says he wants to help to organise humanitarian evacuations in devastated Mariupol, days after meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow.

Soldiers from the 53rd separate mechanized brigade named after Prince Vladimir Monomakh strikes at Russian soldiers on 27th April, 2022. (@53brigade/Newsflash)

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says Russia is using gas and trade as a weapon against Europe.

His comments come after Russian energy corporation Gazprom cut gas supplies to Poland and Bulgaria.

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