WAR IN UKRAINE: Devastation Of Russian Unit That Failed To Cross River In East Ukraine

This video shows the bleak aftermath of a Russian military unit’s botched attempt to cross the Seversky Donets river in eastern Ukraine.

The aerial footage shows a destroyed pontoon bridge over the river as the sound of howling wind plays in the background.

The video goes on to show tanks submerged in the water and countless charred military vehicles littering the desolate landscape.

Consequences of the defeat of Russian troops near Belogorivka during the crossing of the river Seversky Donets in May 2022. (@30brigade/Newsflash)

The footage ends showing fields pockmarked by shell blasts.

Newsflash obtained the footage from the 30th Independent Mechanised Brigade ‘Konstanty Ostrogski’ – a formation of the Ukrainian Ground Forces – on 17th May.

The 30th Mechanised Brigade (30 OMBr) said (in Ukrainian): “The occupiers tried several times to cross the Seversky Donets River near the village of Bilohorivka, but thanks to the professional work of 30 OMBr soldiers together with other law enforcement agencies of the Armed Forces, all enemy plans were thwarted.

Consequences of the defeat of Russian troops near Belogorivka during the crossing of the river Seversky Donets in May 2022. (@30brigade/Newsflash)

“Burn, enemies, in hell! Your every attempt to seize Ukrainian land will end in this way!”

Bilohorivka is located in Luhansk Oblast, most of which is currently under the control of the pro-Russian Luhansk People’s Republic and Russia itself.

The Siversky Donets river splits the oblast approximately in half.

Consequences of the defeat of Russian troops near Belogorivka during the crossing of the river Seversky Donets in May 2022. (@30brigade/Newsflash)

Russia invaded Ukraine on 24th February in what the Kremlin is calling a “special military operation” to “protect Donbass”. Today marks the 85th day of the invasion.

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) reported that between 24th February and 19th May, Russia had lost about 28,500 troops.

The AFU General Staff also said Russia had lost 1,254 tanks, 3,063 armoured fighting vehicles, 595 artillery systems, 199 multiple launch rocket systems, 93 anti-aircraft systems, 203 aircraft, 167 helicopters, 2,157 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, 13 vessels, 455 unmanned aerial vehicles, 43 pieces of special equipment and 103 cruise missiles over the same period.

Consequences of the defeat of Russian troops near Belogorivka during the crossing of the river Seversky Donets in May 2022. (@30brigade/Newsflash)

The update comes after Moscow claimed a strategic victory through the fall of the port city of Mariupol.

The Kremlin says more than 900 Ukrainian fighters from the Azovstal metallurgical plant have been taken to a former prison colony in a Russian-controlled part of Donetsk.

But Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has 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”.

Consequences of the defeat of Russian troops near Belogorivka during the crossing of the river Seversky Donets in May 2022. (@30brigade/Newsflash)

Elsewhere, G7 partners are set to meet in Germany later today (Thursday, 19th May) to find a way to fix Ukraine’s devastated finances.

On the ground, Ukrainian forces have retaken villages around the north-eastern city of Kharkiv, but Russian forces have advanced slowly in the east of the country.

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