Russian Troops Demine Kharkiv Region While Shelling Elsewhere
This footage purports to show Russian troops clearing occupied land in Ukraine of mines in controlled blasts.
The official clip comes as Russian forces shell other areas of the country, resulting in fatalities.
Zenger News obtained the footage from the Ministry of Defense (MoD) of the Russian Federation on Thursday, May 26.
The Russian MoD said the clip showed “demining of settlements in Kharkov Oblast”.
The focus of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is now firmly on the eastern Donbas region. However, Russian troops are also currently occupying swathes of northern and eastern Kharkiv Oblast, where the footage was allegedly filmed.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said the Donbas could be left uninhabited by the invasion and accused Russia of carrying out a genocide in the region.
The city of Sievierodonetsk is currently suffering an onslaught of Russian shelling and there are reports of three explosions overnight in the city of Dnipro.
The death toll from shelling in Ukraine’s second-largest city Kharkiv on May 26 has now reached nine people, including a baby.
And President Zelenskyy said last night that lives are lost in Ukraine every moment the West delays putting more pressure on Russia.
His foreign minister Dmytro Kuleba said Ukraine would not be able to counter the Russian offensive without more heavy weapons.
US officials said the Biden administration was considering supplying Ukraine with the M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System.
The maximum firing range of the light multiple rocket launcher developed in the late 1990s for the United States Army is 186 miles.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported earlier today that from February 24 to May 27, Russia had lost about 29,750 troops in addition to 1,322 tanks, 3,246 armored fighting vehicles, 623 artillery systems, 201 multiple launch rocket systems, 93 air defense systems, 206 warplanes, 170 helicopters, 503 unmanned aerial vehicles, 115 cruise missiles, 13 warships, 2,226 military vehicles and fuel tankers, and 48 units of special equipment.
While the Russian MoD reported earlier today that over the same period, Ukraine had lost 179 warplanes, 127 helicopters, 1,019 unmanned aerial vehicles, 323 air defense systems, 3,266 tanks and armored fighting vehicles, 433 multiple launch rocket systems, 1,682 artillery systems, and 3,190 military vehicles.
Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24 in what Russian President Vladimir Putin initially called a “special military operation” to “demilitarize and denazify” Ukraine.
The Kremlin is still calling it a “special military operation” but now says the goal is to “protect Donbass”. May 27 marks the 93rd day of the invasion.