This is the moment Ukrainian soldiers blitz a column of Russian tanks trundling through a Donbas town and obliterate at least one.
The Battle Group K2 of the 54th Mechanized Brigade of the Ukrainian Ground Forces, part of Operational Command East, said they came across the ‘uninvited tourists’ wandering the deserted streets of Marinka, a town in the eastern Ukrainian region of Donetsk Oblast.
The military group said on 2nd June: “Another success: ‘tourists’ in the Donbas region are missing their armoured vehicles!
“Dear compatriots! We continue to show you another journey of our uninvited ‘tourists’ wandering the deserted streets on the outskirts of Marinka, Donetsk region.
“A navigator of the nearby ‘tourists’ took their heavy forbidden cars to the town’s narrow streets where guys from the K2 reconnaissance group, with the help of other workers, carried out scheduled repairs.
“After meeting our repair devices, the tourists’ cars as always fail. And one car will have to be collected from the road for spare parts!”
The Battle Group added: “Glory to Ukraine!”
Russian troops invaded Ukraine on 24th February in what the Kremlin is still calling a “special military operation”. Today marks the 99th day of the campaign.
From 24th February to 2nd June, the total combat losses of Russian troops stand at around 30,850 personnel, according to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
The Ukrainian military also claims that Russia has lost 1,363 tanks, 3,354 armoured fighting vehicles, 661 artillery systems, 207 multiple launch rocket systems, 95 anti-aircraft systems, 210 warplanes, 175 helicopters, 2,325 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, 13 vessels, 521 unmanned aerial vehicles, 51 units of special equipment, and 120 cruise missiles.
In recent news, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called Russian strikes on a nitric acid tank in the besieged eastern city of Sievierodonetsk “madness”.
Residents of Sievierodonetsk have been warned to remain in bomb shelters and to prepare masks to protect against toxic fumes as the fighting intensifies.
Analysts say up to 70 per cent of the city is now controlled by invading Russian forces, with almost all critical infrastructure and housing destroyed.
The Russian MoD said in a statement on 1st June that its Yars mobile missile systems, which can carry nuclear warheads and which boast a reported range of over 10,000 kilometres (6,200 miles), were performing “intensive manoeuvring operations on combat patrol routes in the Ivanovo Region”, east of the Russian capital Moscow.
This comes after United States President Joe Biden said he will send Kyiv more advanced rocket systems that will help to strike enemy forces from a longer distance. These rocket systems have double the range of the rocket systems used by Russian forces and are said to be much more accurate.