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An aerial video captured the moment when Ukrainian troops fired at Russian soldiers as they tried to advance in the capture of the Kharkiv region in northeastern Ukraine.
The released images, which appear to have been taken from a drone, show that Russian positions are repeatedly attacked and hit by Ukrainian artillery fireand reports say they also damaged Russian military equipment.
The images were obtained from the Center for Strategic Communications and Information Security, which is part of the government of Ukraine, under the Ministry of Culture and Information, and were captured on the afternoon of Monday, June 20, and the Center said: “! Minus 23 occupants! Successes of the Armed Forces in the Kharkiv region.
Here the images of the Ukrainian counteroffensive:
“In the Kharkiv region, the enemy tried to carry out another attack, but received a decisive response from the Armed Forces,” the Strategic Communications Center said.
“As a result of the joint work of combatants from the 92nd Mechanized Brigade, the 40th OABR and the 125th Terror Defense Battalion, on June 19, 23 ‘orcs’ were neutralized and more than 50 were wounded.”
Ukrainian forces regularly refer to Russian troops as “orcs.”
The Center also said: “The enemy also suffered equipment losses, which were neutralized or damaged: three T-72 tanks, three [Multiple Launch Rocket Systems] MLRS, BTR-80, BMP-2 and KAMAZ and radar stations”.
The Center signed saying: “Our defenders hold the line and inflict losses on the enemy! We believe in the Armed Forces!”
Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24 in what the Kremlin calls a “special military operation” to “liberate Donbas.” June 21 marks the 118th day of the invasion.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that between February 24 and June 21 Russia had lost about 34,100 troops, 1,496 tanks, 3,606 armored fighting vehicles, 752 artillery units, 239 rocket launch systems missiles, 98 air defense systems, 216 combat aircraft, 181 helicopters, 611 drones, 137 cruise missiles, 14 warships, 2,537 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, and 59 special equipment units.
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