VIDEO: Shelling Out: Donetsk Fighters Load Howitzers And Blast Ukrainian Targets
This is the moment pro-Russian Donetsk fighters load up howitzers and shell Ukrainian targets.
The attack was filmed near the city of Avdiivka in the eastern Ukrainian region of Donetsk Oblast.
The People’s Militia of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) said on 13th May: “DPR artillery suppressed the activity of Kiev nationalists in the area of Avdiivka.
“Detachments of the NM of the DPR, with the support of the RF Armed Forces, are confidently advancing on the Avdiivka area.”
The People’s Militia added: “The artillery of the NM DPR suppressed firing points, the concentration of enemy equipment and personnel, including all types of weapons. Maneuvers from the air caused the most accurate fire damage.”
Russian troops invaded Ukraine on February 24 in what the Kremlin is still calling a “special military operation”. Today marks the 79th day of the campaign.
From February 24 to May 13, the total combat losses of Russian troops stand at around 26,900 personnel, according to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
The Ukrainian military also claims that Russia has lost 1,205 tanks, 2,900 armored fighting vehicles, 542 artillery systems, 193 multiple launch rocket systems, 88 anti-aircraft systems, 200 warplanes, 162 helicopters, 2,042 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, 13 vessels, 405 unmanned aerial vehicles, 41 units of special equipment and 95 cruise missiles.
The Ukrainian military said Russia’s biggest losses yesterday were sustained in the Kurakhiv area.
The update comes as UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss says Russian President Vladimir Putin is “humiliating himself on the world stage”.
She called for tougher sanctions on Russia and said they should not be relaxed until the last Russian troop departs Ukraine.
Meanwhile, in a first, a Russian soldier will stand trial today for the war crime of killing an unarmed Ukrainian civilian.
And Russia is expected to up its bombardment of the Azovstal steelworks now that all civilians have been evacuated from there, say the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
The metallurgical plant is the last area of the strategic port city of Mariupol not under Russian control.