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Russia Claims To Have Captured Village In Mykolaiv Region

The footage was obtained from the Russian Ministry of Defense on Monday, August 29. 

Russia has claimed to have captured the village of Blagodatnoye in the Mykolaiv region of southern Ukraine.

The footage purports to show Russian forces attacking Ukrainian positions in the village, with Russia now declaring victory there. Russian soldiers can allegedly be seen firing artillery, rockets and heavy machine guns at the village before a Russian tank, along with Russian troops, are seen apparently storming the settlement.

The Russian Ministry of Defense claimed in a statement obtained on Monday, August 29 that the images show “the liberation by assault detachments of the Airborne Troops of the village of Blagodatnoye in the Nikolaev region from units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.”

‘Nikolaev’ is the Russian name for ‘Mykolaiv’.

The Russian statement also claimed: “The enemy offered fierce resistance, but thanks to the coordinated actions of the assault groups, the courage and courage of our paratroopers, the settlement was taken as soon as possible.”

We have not been able to independently verify the claims or the footage.

Zenger News contacted the Russian MoD for further comment, as well as the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense, but had not received a reply at the time of writing.

Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24 in what the Kremlin is still calling a “special military operation”. Monday marks the 184th day of the war.

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that between February 24 and August 29, Russia had lost about 47,100 personnel, 1,947 tanks, 4,269 armored combat vehicles, 1,060 artillery units, 279 multiple launch rocket systems, 149 air defense systems, 234 warplanes, 203 helicopters, 844 drones, 196 cruise missiles, 15 warships, 3,188 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, and 101 units of special equipment.

Russian soldier prepares to fire from mortar in Blagodatnoye in the Mykolaiv region in undated footage. Russian MoD claims that they have taken the village of Blagodatnoye in the Mykolaiv region from units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. (@mod_russia/Zenger)

Russia has claimed that its casualties have been much lower, but provides infrequent updates on its latest figures.

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky has said that he held a secret meeting with representatives from the country’s defense and security sectors on Sunday, adding: “All the issues we considered are important, but secret, I cannot go into detail.”

The meeting was reportedly attended by armed forces chiefs, the heads of the intelligence agencies, representatives from the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense, and others.

Ukrainian officials said on Sunday that Russian forces had shelled Ukrainian towns across the Dnieper River from the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant with artillery.

Oleksandr Starukh, the Governor of the Zaporizhzhia region, said that Russian forces had hit civilian infrastructure in the city of Zaporizhzhia and in the town of Orikhiv, to the east.

The International Atomic Energy Agency is waiting for its officials to receive clearance so they can visit the plant. But Ukrainian Energy Minister Lana Zerkal has said she is not convinced that Russia is negotiating in good faith.

Russian fires from a bunker on Ukrainian military positions in Blagodatnoye in the Mykolaiv region in undated footage. Russian MoD claims that they have taken the village of Blagodatnoye in the Mykolaiv region from units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. (@mod_russia/Zenger News)

The United States’ State Department has said in a statement that Russia does not want to acknowledge the grave radiological risk at the nuclear power plant, adding that it was the reason it has blocked the final draft of a nuclear non-proliferation treaty deal.

Ukraine is set to experience its coldest winter in decades, according to the head of the state gas company Naftogaz, Yurii Vitrenko. Germany has said that it is replenishing its gas stocks faster than expected despite Russian supply cuts.

The European Union’s foreign ministers are expected to make it harder for Russian tourists to get visas as of next week. The move falls short of banning Russian tourists outright, but it is expected to make obtaining travel documents significantly more complicated and costly.

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