WAR IN UKRAINE: Defending Troops Destroy Russian Tanks Hiding In Residents’ Gardens

This is the moment Ukrainian soldiers destroy Russian tanks hiding in residents’ gardens.

The attack took place in the village of Zirkuni in the north-eastern Ukrainian region of Kharkiv Oblast as occupying forces attempt to retake lost positions in the area.

The Ukrainian Centre for Strategic Communications (StratCom) said on 22nd May: “Zirkuni, Kharkiv region. Destruction of the Russian occupiers. To be continued… Ukraine will win!”

Destruction of the Russian tankers who specifically drove to hide behind buildings in Tsyrkuny, Kharkiv region. (StratCom AFU StratCom/Newsflash)

Russian troops invaded Ukraine on 24th February in what the Kremlin is still calling a “special military operation”. Today marks the 89th day of the campaign.

From 24th February to 23rd May, the total combat losses of Russian troops stand at around 29,200 personnel, according to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

The Ukrainian military also claims that Russia has lost 1,293 tanks, 3,166 armoured fighting vehicles, 604 artillery systems, 201 multiple launch rocket systems, 93 anti-aircraft systems, 204 warplanes, 170 helicopters, 2,206 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, 13 vessels, 476 unmanned aerial vehicles, 43 units of special equipment, and 110 cruise missiles.

Destruction of the Russian tankers who specifically drove to hide behind buildings in Tsyrkuny, Kharkiv region. (StratCom AFU StratCom/Newsflash)

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, currently occupied by Russian forces.

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