Zenger obtained the aerial footage from the elite Ukrainian Air Assault Forces (DShV) earlier today (Friday, 6th May).
The DShV said (in Ukrainian): “The video shows how in one of the areas of combat missions, artillerymen of the 79th Separate Assault Brigade of the Mykolayiv DShV of the Armed Forces of Ukraine destroyed a Ural truck with ammunition and a dugout of the Russian occupiers.
The General Staff of the AFU reported that from 24th February to 6th May, Russia had lost 24,900 troops, 1,110 tanks, 2,686 armoured fighting vehicles, 502 artillery systems, 171 multiple launch rocket systems, 83 anti-aircraft systems, 199 warplanes, 155 helicopters, 1,926 vehicles and fuel tankers, 11 vessels, 324 tactical unmanned aerial vehicles, 38 units of special equipment and 90 cruise missiles.
Russia invaded Ukraine on 24th February in what the Kremlin is calling a “special military operation”. Today marks the 72nd day of the campaign.
As the Ukraine-Russian war enters its 72nd day, Russia has claimed victories including the destruction of multiple Ukrainian positions in heavy fighting overnight saying they killed 600 Ukrainian soldiers.
The Kremlin has also gone on the defensive to deny Ukrainian claims that the troops are currently storming the last Mariupol strongholds, and insisted that the humanitarian corridors were still open. Russian President Vladimir Putin has also told Kyiv that they should persuade the troops in the area to lay down their weapons to end the fighting in the besieged city.
They have also accused the West of feeding intelligence to Ukraine to support their fight against what Russia calls a “special military operation”. The US has denied the claim, including the suggestion that they told Ukrainians how they could track down and target Russian generals for assassination by snipers. It was also suggested more recently that intelligence in Washington is what helped Ukraine sink the Russian warship Moskova.
Russia is believed to be desperate to take Mariupol before the May 9 Victory Day parade in Moscow which marks the Soviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany.
So far some 500 civilians have been evacuated from Mariupol and some other areas of southern Ukraine in a rescue operation organized under the auspices of the UN International Red Cross. The numbers were confirmed by the Ukrainian president’s office.
Meanwhile, a host of international organizations have banned Russia, already hit by economic sanctions, from taking part in sporting and cultural events, such as this year’s FIFA World Cup in Qatar, in response to the country’s invasion.