The video was obtained from the 40th Artillery Brigade of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
Ukrainian Artillerymen Joke They Are Helping Russian Troops Provide Further Gestures Of Goodwill
Ukrainian artillery took out a large group of Russian forces including multiple vehicles and joked that they are helping them to provide more “gestures of goodwill”, as these images show.
The footage, shot from a drone, appears to show at least seven Russian tanks and armored personnel carriers hiding among civilian buildings along a road.
The area is then apparently shelled by Ukrainian artillery units, reportedly resulting in the destruction of the Russian tanks and other vehicles.
The footage was obtained from the 40th Artillery Brigade of the Ukrainian Armed Forces – officially the ’40th Separate Artillery Brigade named after Grand Duke Vytautas’ – on Thursday, July 7, along with a statement saying: “Thunder and flames! A couple more gestures of goodwill from Muscovites with the help of the 40th Artillery Brigade.”
The footage was also relayed by the Office of Strategic Communications of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
The Russian Ministry of Defense claimed that the Russian withdrawal from Snake Island in the Black Sea – which is now flying the Ukrainian flag again – was a planned “gesture of goodwill”, leading Ukrainian forces, who shelled their positions for days, to begin jokingly using the expression as a euphemism for retreat or, as appears to be the case here, obliteration.
We contacted the 40th Artillery Brigade of the Ukrainian Armed Forces for further comment, as well as the Russian MoD, but haven’t received a reply at the time of writing.
Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24 in what the Kremlin is calling a “special military operation.” July 7 marks the 134th day of the invasion.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that between February 24 and July 7, Russia had lost about 36,650 personnel, 1,602 tanks, 3,797 armored combat vehicles, 815 artillery units, 247 multiple launch rocket systems, 107 air defense systems, 217 warplanes, 187 helicopters, 667 drones, 155 cruise missiles, 15 warships, 2,665 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, and 66 units of special equipment.
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