By Lee Bullen
This is the moment Ukrainian marines fire a volley of missiles at Russian targets as a “fiery greeting” to the enemy.
The 35th Marine Infantry Brigade, named after Rear-Admiral Mykhailo Ostrogradsky, of the Ukrainian Navy, said they extended “fiery greetings” to invading Russian troops.
The marine brigade stated on June 7: “For Kherson! Artillerymen of the separate brigade of marines in the southern direction sent ‘fiery greetings’ to the Russian occupiers.”
The 35th Marine Infantry Brigade added: “Glory to Ukraine! Glory to our heroes!”
In the footage, the Ukrainian brigade is seen firing a flurry of missiles from a multiple-launch rocket system in a muddy field.
We contacted Russian and Ukrainian officials for comment but had not received a reply at the time of writing.
Russian troops invaded Ukraine on February 24 in what the Kremlin is still calling a “special military operation.” June 8 marks the 105th day of the campaign.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine has reported that between February 24 and June 8, Russia had lost 31,500 personnel, 1,393 tanks, 3,429 armored fighting vehicles, 703 artillery pieces, 213 multiple launch rocket systems, 96 anti-aircraft systems, 212 warplanes, 178 helicopters, 559 tactical unmanned aerial vehicles, 125 cruise missiles, 13 warships, 2,406 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, and 53 units of special equipment.
More than 1,000 Ukrainian troops captured in Mariupol have been transferred to Russia, according to Russian media.
Satellite imagery has shown significant damage in the key eastern Ukrainian city of Sievierodonetsk, where heavy fighting is ongoing.
The Ukrainian military said that Ukrainian positions had come under “intense fire” around Avdiivka, Novopavlivska, and Zaporizhzhia.
It added that storming operations were underway around Slovyansk and that Russia had also intensified its aircraft use around Bakhmut.
The Ukrainian Center for Strategic Communications (StratCom) said on June 6 that Russian Major General Roman Kutuzov was killed in a battle near Popasna in the Luhansk region. This has now been confirmed by Russian state media.
The United Kingdom and the United States have announced that they are sending long-range missile systems to Ukraine.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned of more attacks in Ukraine if the West sends long-range weapons.
Russian missiles struck Kyiv on Sunday in the first assault on the Ukrainian capital in weeks.
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has said that Russian attacks on the cities of Sievierodonetsk and Lysychansk has turned them into “dead cities”, but added that Ukrainian forces could still hold Sievierodonetsk despite being outnumbered.
Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations, Vassily Nebenzia, walked out of a Security Council meeting after his country was blamed by European Council president Charles Michel for triggering a global food crisis.
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