Russian tanks destroyed in ambush, Ukraine celebrates important victory

Russian tanks destroyed in ambush, Ukraine celebrates important victory

Russia’s military has suffered another crushing defeat, with satellite imagery showing the expended shells of dozens of tanks prevented from crossing a key route near Ukraine’s second-largest city, Kharkiv.

The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense on Wednesday shared images of the destroyed military vehicles scattered around the Siverskiy Donets River, an area Russia previously controlled about 25 miles east of Kharkiv.

Some of the still smoking vehicles were parked right on the banks of the river, where at least two pontoon bridges appeared to have been blown up to stem the advance.

Ukraine’s defense ministry rejoiced on Wednesday that some of the destroyed tanks “were bathed in the Seversky Donets River and some were burned by the May sun.”

Reuters said it confirmed that Ukraine now controls much of the territory around the river after heavy fighting.

“It burned out, just like all Russian tanks,” a Ukrainian soldier told Reuters near Rubizhne, next to the ruins of a Russian tank. “The weapons help a lot, the anti-tank.”

After fierce fighting, Ukraine now controls large tracts of land around the river.
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Destroyed military vehicles lie around the Seversky Donets River.
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Ukraine’s advances near Kharkiv could bring some of Russia’s key supply lines to eastern Ukraine, which is across the river, within range of Ukrainian artillery, Reuters noted.

The dramatic turnaround in the region was also highlighted by the on Thursday The UK Ministry of Defense in its latest intelligence update.

“Despite Russia’s success in encircling Kharkiv in the early stages of the conflict, it reportedly withdrew units from the region to reorganize and replenish its forces after heavy casualties,” the British agency said.

Russian main battle tank T-90M Proryv destroyed by Ukrainian forces.
A Russian T-90M Proryv main battle tank destroyed by Ukrainian forces.
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Russian paratroopers on the BMD-4 infantry fighting vehicle fired from the Kornet anti-tank missile during the battle in Kharkiv.
Russian paratroopers on a BMD-4 infantry fighting vehicle fire an anti-tank missile during combat in Kharkiv.
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“The Withdrawal of Russian Forces from Kharkiv Oblast [region] is a tacit acknowledgment of Russia’s inability to capture key Ukrainian cities where they expected limited popular resistance.”

Ukraine’s General Staff said in an update overnight the Russians would regroup around Kharkiv “to prevent our forces from advancing any further.”

While areas have been “liberated” from the invaders, some Russian units have managed to cross the river, the defense ministry said, noting “fighting continues.”

At least two pontoon bridges appear to have been blown up to thwart the Russian advance.
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Ukraine’s advances near Kharkiv could put some of Russia’s key supply lines to eastern Ukraine within range of Ukrainian artillery.
Defense of Ukraine/Twitter

Russia’s withdrawal has begun to allow some residents to return to the retaken villages around Kharkiv and volunteers to bring aid to those left behind.

But the areas remain unsafe – littered with mines and booby traps and still within Russian firing range.

Both sides reported overnight strikes across the border. Ukrainian officials reported shelling across the border from the Russian city of Tyotkino; Russia said Ukraine met Solokhi near Belgorod.

With mail wires

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