Ukrainian soldiers have released footage showing dozens of Russian tanks and armored vehicles destroyed during the failed river crossing.
The Ukrainian military claims it destroyed nearly 80 Russian armored vehicles, including main battle tanks and infantry fighting vehicles, when they attempted to cross the River Siverskyi Donets in eastern Ukraine.
Unprepared Russian units that were bombed into gratings while attempting to cross a river in northeastern Ukraine last week are emerging as one of the deadliest skirmishes of the war.
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Estimates based on currently available public evidence indicate that more than 400 Russian soldiers were killed or wounded.
According to reports, the destruction unit of about 80 armored vehicles is trying to cross the river to strengthen the Russian position near Bilohorivka, west of Lysychansk.
On 11 May, the Russian High Command is said to have sent about 550 soldiers of the 74th Motorized Rifle Brigade of the 41st Combined Armed Corps across the Donets River at Bilohorivka, in eastern Luhansk, to encircle Ukrainian forces near Rubizhne. The Russian army’s attempt to cross the River Siverskyi Donets stopped on May 13.
Artillery soldiers of the 17th tank brigade of #UAarmy opened the holiday season for specialists. Some bathed in the River Siverskyi Donets, and some were burned by the May sun. pic.twitter.com/QsRsXmnJ65
– Defense of Ukraine (@DefenceU) May 11, 2022