Chechen Leader Claims Troops Have Seized Zolote And Gorskoye
This aerial footage reportedly shows Chechen troops bombing a Ukrainian stronghold amid claims they have seized the towns of Zolote and Gorskoye.
Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov said on Friday, June 24: “Efficient work with unmanned aerial vehicles makes it possible to smoke out Ukrainian nationalists and Banderites from their trenches.
“It was this method that was used during the liberation of the settlement of Zolote from the enemy.
“Under the command of my dear brother and Hero of Russia, Zamid Chalaev, our fighters successfully destroyed enemy forces in their controlled area, and the rest of the demoralized Ukro-nazi detachments left their positions in a hurry, leaving us with a huge amount of captured weapons.
“I am sincerely glad that our fighters managed to solve the problem of liberating Zolote without a single casualty among the personnel. This suggests that the guys are moving in the right direction and are improving their efficiency day by day.
“The capture of Zolote was preceded by the liberation of the village of Katerinovka, which was taken by storm in two days. The enemy had to retreat despite tactical superiority quickly. As always, our fighters and the 6th Cossack Regiment of the LPR did a brilliant job. Thanks to this, our special forces managed to get behind enemy lines and encircle Zolote and Gorskoye.
“Fighting in the LPR proceeds at lightning speed and the situation changes unpredictably in a matter of hours. While we were sharing the good news with you, dear brother Zamid Chalaev announced the liberation of the settlement of Gorskoye.”
We have not been able to verify the claims or the images independently.
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