Breakaway Pro-Russian Forces Say They’ve Recaptured Fortified Area From Ukrainian Forces In Luhansk
The so-called Luhansk People’s Republic claims that it has recaptured a fortified area from Ukrainian forces in the eastern part of the country.
These images were obtained from the separatist, pro-Russian so-called Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR), which is recognized by Russia as a sovereign state but is not recognized by the vast majority of the international community.
The LPR said on the morning of Tuesday, June 7, that its People’s Militia, “together with the allied forces, recaptured the Nazi fortified area near Borovskoye.” Borovskoye is a town in Ukraine that is situated south of the settlement of Voronove , which is located in the Luhanks Oblast region of eastern Ukraine.
The images show LPR troops displaying what appear to be Ukrainian uniforms and weaponry.
In the footage, an LPR soldier says: “We occupied Ukrainian positions, now we are holding them, we occupied them with the 38th battalion, the 40th battalion and the Akhmat group.”
They said their opponents did not put up much resistance and were forced to abandon “positions, things, trophies, bulletproof vests, helmets, and personal belongings.”
They added: “We caught up with them in Borovskoye, and remained in these positions, entrenching ourselves until the next offensive.”
And a spokesperson for the LPR’s People’s Militia further claimed: “A unit of the People’s Militia of the LPR recaptured an important fortified position near the village of Borovskoye from the Ukrainian Nazis.
“The militants did not even try to defend themselves, leaving their personal belongings and their precious foreign weapons, retreating in a hurry into residential areas, hiding behind civilians.
“The seriousness of these fortifications is inspiring: kilometers of trenches, machine-gun emplacements, dugouts for shelter from artillery fire, the Nazis were preparing for a long defense, but all of the above did not help against the decisive onslaught of the liberators.
“The liberation of the Luhansk region continues, the Ukrainian Nazis, who retreated to Borovskoye, doom themselves to certain death, since Severodonetsk is under the control of the People’s Militia of the LPR and allied forces, and there are absolutely no chances for a successful offensive.”
Russian forces and pro-Russian separatists regularly refer to Ukrainian forces as “Nazis.” Russia often invokes its stated mission as being to “denazify” Ukraine, despite President Volodymyr Zelenskyy being Jewish. Russian state media also repeatedly compares events in Ukraine to Russia’s fight against the Nazis in World War II.
Russian troops invaded Ukraine on February 24 in what the Kremlin is still calling a “special military operation.” June 7 marks 104 days since the beginning of the campaign.
We contacted Russian and Ukrainian officials for comment but had not received a reply at the time of writing.
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