Defending Troops Bomb Russian Armored Vehicle On Quiet Country Lane
In a newly released video, Ukrainian soldiers bomb a Russian armored vehicle driving along a quiet country lane.
The 30th Mechanized Brigade, named after Prince Konstanty Ostrogski, a formation of the Ukrainian Ground Forces, joked that the “demilitarization of the Russians continues” as the conflict enters its 97th day.
The Ukrainian brigade said: “Stunning destruction of an enemy BMP with full ammunition and toasted racists! The demilitarization of the Russians continues.”
The footage shows an armored vehicle winding along the country lane before apparently taking a direct hit and being blown to pieces.
The Ukrainian military did not state where or when the strike took place.
Russian troops invaded Ukraine on February 24 in what the Kremlin is still calling a “special military operation.” May 31st marks the 97th day of the campaign.
From February 24 to May 30, the total combat losses of Russian troops stand at around 30,350 personnel, according to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
The Ukrainian military also claims that Russia has lost 1,349 tanks, 3,282 armored fighting vehicles, 643 artillery systems, 205 multiple launch rocket systems, 93 anti-aircraft systems, 207 warplanes, 174 helicopters, 2,258 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, 13 vessels, 507 unmanned aerial vehicles, 48 units of special equipment, and 118 cruise missiles.
Last week, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree that makes it easier for Ukrainians in occupied areas to become citizens of Russia. He also scrapped the upper age limit for contractual service in the military.
Ukraine has called Russia’s offer to lift the blockade of its Black Sea ports in return for the lifting of some sanctions “blackmail”. The blockade has led to shortages in wheat and cooking oil across the world.
Meanwhile, Russian troops entered the outskirts of Sievierodonetsk on the morning of May 30th and are advancing on the city center.
The Ukrainian military said: “Two Sievierodonetsk residents were killed with Russian shells, and five more injured. Most of them are from the same residential quarter in the old part of the city. They were cooking food in the yard as the shelling suddenly began. Two Syrotyne residents were seriously injured. All the injured received first aid and were taken to hospitals in Donetsk region.”