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Ukraine’s 17th Tank Brigade Destroys Russian Tanks With Artillery Fire

A new video shows how Ukraine’s 17th Tank Brigade battles against the enemy. 

This footage purports to show Ukraine’s 17th Tank Brigade destroying Russian tanks with artillery fire.

The images, which appear to have been shot by a drone, show a long line of fortified Russian positions that include tanks hidden among some trees. At least three can be seen in the footage.

A series of explosions targeting the area sends black smoke into the sky, with Ukrainian forces saying that they had destroyed a number of Russian tanks.

It is unclear where exactly in Ukraine the images were shot but they were obtained from the Land Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, who said that the 17th Tank Brigade had “destroyed the occupiers.”

We contacted Russian and Ukrainian officials for comment but had not received a reply at the time of writing.

Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24 in what the Kremlin is calling a “special military operation” to “liberate the Donbas.” June 17 marks the 114th day of the invasion.

Land forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine claim that the fighters from the 17 separate tank Kryvyi Rih brigade destroyed Russian military equipment in Ukraine. (@UkrainianLandForces/Zenger)

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that between February 24 and June 17, Russia had lost about 33,150 personnel, 1,456 tanks, 3,563 armored combat vehicles, 734 artillery units, 233 multiple launch rocket systems, 97 air defense systems, 215 warplanes, 180 helicopters, 593 drones, 129 cruise missiles, 13 warships, 2,496 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, and 55 units of special equipment.

Washington has told China it risks ending up on the “wrong side of history” following Chinese President Xi Jinping’s assurances to Russian President Vladimir Putin that Beijing supports Russian “sovereignty.”

Thousands of civilians remain trapped in the key eastern Ukrainian city of Sievierodonetsk, where the water supply is reported to be dwindling. Hundreds of civilians are taking shelter in the bunkers beneath the city’s Azot chemical plant.

Land forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine claim that the fighters from the 17 separate tank Kryvyi Rih brigade destroyed Russian military equipment in Ukraine. (@UkrainianLandForces/Zenger)

Luhansk Oblast governor Serhiy Haidai said earlier this week that all three bridges into Sievierodonetsk had been destroyed, making delivering supplies and evacuating civilians impossible.

United States President Joe Biden has promised Kyiv another one billion in security assistance and weapons. And General Mark Milley says Russia has lost around 20 to 30 percent of its armored force during the ongoing invasion.

Former Russian president and staunch Vladimir Putin ally Dmitry Medvedev derided French, German, and Italian leaders visiting the Ukrainian capital Kyiv as “fans of frogs, liverwurst,and spaghetti.”

Land forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine claim that the fighters from the 17 separate tank Kryvyi Rih brigade destroyed Russian military equipment in Ukraine. (@UkrainianLandForces/Zenger)

French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi arrived in the Ukrainian capital by train from Poland for talks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on June 16.

On June 8, the European Parliament adopted a resolution recommending that the European Union grant Ukraine the status of candidate country for EU membership. In the balloting, 438 members of the parliament voted in favor of the resolution, with 65 voting against and 94 abstaining.

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