This is the moment Ukrainian soldiers blitz a Russian base and destroy a large number of tanks and military equipment.
General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said air and land artillery forces took part in the attack, destroying a dozen tanks, eight armoured vehicles, dozens of motor vehicles and military equipment.
The Ukrainian military said in a statement on 20th May: “DShV [Ukrainian Air Assault Forces] and Land Forces artillery destroyed a large number of the occupier’s armoured and motor vehicles and continues to do so.
“The video shows artillery soldiers destroying the location of enemy military equipment. A dozen tanks, eight armoured vehicles, four units of engineering equipment, and about three dozen cars were burned that day.
“We continue to fight and destroy the enemies of our Ukraine! Every occupier will be punished! Glory to Ukraine!”
Russian troops invaded Ukraine on 24th February in what the Kremlin is still calling a “special military operation”. Today marks the 86th day of the campaign.
From 24th February to 20th May, the total combat losses of Russian troops stand at around 28,700 personnel, according to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
The Ukrainian military also claims that Russia has lost 1,263 tanks, 3,090 armoured fighting vehicles, 596 artillery systems, 200 multiple launch rocket systems, 93 anti-aircraft systems, 204 warplanes, 168 helicopters, 2,162 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, 13 vessels, 460 unmanned aerial vehicles, and 43 units of special equipment.
Meanwhile, following the fall of the port city of Mariupol, the Russian authorities plan to tear down the Azovstal metallurgical plant and turn the city into a luxury resort, according to the Institute for the Study of War.
The Kremlin also said that the Ukrainian fighters from the Azovstal plant have been taken to a former prison colony in a Russian-controlled part of Donetsk.
However, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called Russia’s invasion of Ukraine an “absolute failure” and said Russian leaders were afraid to acknowledge “that catastrophic mistakes were made at the highest military and state level”.
Zelenskyy also said that said Ukraine is determined to reclaim control over the southern cities of Kherson, Melitopol, Berdiansk, Enerhodar and Mariupol, now occupied by Russian forces.