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Ukrainian troops fighting Vladimir Putin’s army in eastern Ukraine destroyed a ‘significant’ number of Russian armored vehicles in a failed attempt to cross a river by invading forces, it has been reported the British Ministry of Defense on Friday.
The announcement comes after Ukraine released images allegedly showing more than two dozen burnt-out Russian tanks and other armored vehicles scattered along the banks of the Siverskyi Donets River. One of the images appears to show partially sunken pontoon bridges.
“Footage indicates that while crossing the Siverskyi Donets River west of Severodonetsk, Russia lost significant armored maneuver elements of at least one battalion tactical group as well as deployed bridging equipment” , the ministry said in a tweet.
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“Conducting river crossings in a contested environment is a very risky maneuver and demonstrates the pressure on Russian commanders to make progress in their operations in eastern Ukraine,” the ministry added.
But “Russian forces failed to make significant advances despite the concentration of forces in this area after the withdrawal and redeployment of units from Kyiv and Chernihiv oblasts,” he concluded.
In its own tweet, the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense said that “the gunners of the 17th tank brigade of the #UAarmy opened the holiday season” for the Russian army, because “some bathed in the river Siverskyi Donets, and some were scorched by the May sun.”
Yesterday the British Ministry said the withdrawal of Russian troops from an encircled Ukrainian region at the start of the war proves their “inability to capture the main Ukrainian towns”.
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In an intelligence update, the ministry said “Ukrainian forces continue to counterattack north of Kharkiv, retaking several towns and villages towards the Russian border.”
“Despite Russia’s success in encircling Kharkiv early in the conflict, it reportedly withdrew units from the area to reorganize and rebuild its forces after heavy casualties,” the ministry added.