This video shows Russian radiomen carrying out communication work in Ukraine as the invasion enters its 91st day.
The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) shared the video on social media with the message: “Combat work of military signalmen during the special military operation.”
Earlier this week, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said the offensive in Ukraine is intentionally slowing down to allow for the evacuation of civilians, adding that the Russian military will remain in the country until all ‘special military operation’ tasks are completed.
Shoigu said: “For citizens to leave the surrounded settlements, ceasefires are announced and humanitarian corridors are created. Of course, this slows down the pace of the offensive, but it is done deliberately to avoid civilian casualties.”
Shoigu stressed that the Russian Armed Forces, unlike the Ukrainian Army, do not strike at residential infrastructure where civilians may be.
Russian troops invaded Ukraine on 24th February in what the Kremlin is still calling a “special military operation”. Today marks the 91st day of the campaign.
From 24th February to 25th May, the total combat losses of Russian troops stand at around 29,450 personnel, according to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
The Ukrainian military also claims that Russia has lost 1,305 tanks, 3,213 armoured fighting vehicles, 606 artillery systems, 201 multiple launch rocket systems, 93 anti-aircraft systems, 206 warplanes, 170 helicopters, 2,217 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, 13 vessels, 491 unmanned aerial vehicles, 44 units of special equipment, and 112 cruise missiles.
Meanwhile, Russian forces are currently trying to encircle the eastern cities of Sievierodonetsk, Lysychansk and Rubizhne, according to the UK Ministry of Defence.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Russian forces are trying to destroy “everything living” in the embattled Donbas region and he reiterated that his country remains disposed to exchange prisoners with Russia.
Last week, President 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”.