Footage released by Ukrainian military officials reportedly shows the moment when Ukrainian forces located and destroyed a Russian self-propelled artillery unit hidden among some trees.
The footage, which appears to have been sped up, begins with an explosion occurring in what appears to be a small town, with the camera seemingly searching for a target. He soon identifies an enemy vehicle, which has been described as a self-propelled artillery unit.
With artillery shells falling near him, the Ukrainian forces appear to open fire. Eventually, one of them appears to score a direct hit, shattering the enemy unit.
It is unclear exactly where in Ukraine the footage was filmed, but the footage was obtained Wednesday from the 40th Separate Artillery Brigade, officially the “40th Separate Artillery Brigade named after Grand Duke Vytautas.” , and the Department of Strategic Communications of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
The 40th Separate Artillery Brigade is usually based in Pervomaisk, a city in the Mykolaiv Oblast region of southern Ukraine.
The Department for Strategic Communications (StratCom) said the footage shows “the 40th Separate Artillery Brigade named after the Grand Duke destroying the occupiers’ self-propelled artillery.”
Self-propelled artillery units are usually mobile military vehicles that look like tanks but have much longer barrels. They are often tracked, but often engage in long-range bombardment support operations when on the battlefield.
Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24 in what the Kremlin calls a “special military operation.” Wednesday marks day 119 of the invasion.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that between February 24 and June 22, Russia had lost about 34,230 troops, 1,496 tanks, 3,614 armored fighting vehicles, 752 artillery units, 239 missile delivery systems, multiple rockets, 99 air defense systems, 216 combat aircraft. , 182 helicopters, 614 drones, 137 cruise missiles, 14 warships, 2,543 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, and 60 units of special equipment.
The Ukrainian military said it launched airstrikes on Zmiinyi Island, also known as Snake Island, causing “significant losses” to Russian forces there in an operation it says is ongoing.
Russia carried out an anti-ship missile exercise this week in the Baltic Sea amid escalating tensions with NATO member Lithuania after the latter country blocked the transit of goods to the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad.
Russian Foreign Ministry Press Secretary Maria Zakharova said Moscow’s response to Lithuania’s EU-sanctioned ban on the transit of goods to Kaliningrad will not only be diplomatic but also practical.
Ukrainian forces have said they have successfully thwarted further Russian attempts to advance into Ukraine’s northeastern Kharkiv region, but Russian forces have captured several settlements near Lysychansk and Severodonetsk, with 568 civilians still believed to be sheltering. at the Severodonetsk Azot Chemical Plant.
Iryna Vereshchuk, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Reintegration of Ukraine’s Temporarily Occupied Territories, urged locals in the Kherson region to evacuate, to help Ukrainian forces “empty” the area.
British intelligence has claimed that the so-called pro-Russian Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) may have lost around 55 percent of its original forces.
Zelensky said a “historic week” has begun as Kyiv awaits a decision from Brussels regarding its EU candidate status, with the EU expected to approve the application by the end of the week.
This comes after the European Parliament adopted a resolution on June 8, recommending that the European Union grant Ukraine the status of a candidate country for EU membership. Some 438 members of the European Parliament voted in favor of the resolution, with 65 votes against and 94 abstentions.
Zelensky, speaking to the African Union on Monday, also accused Russia of holding Africa “hostage” over grain and fertilizer shortages.
This story was provided to Newsweek by Zenger News.