Russia releases video of artillery shelling of Ukrainian military convoy

The Russian Defense Ministry has released a video showing its forces shelling and destroying nearly 40 Ukrainian tanks and armored vehicles that are counterattacking.

“Two Ukrainian motorized infantry battalions armed with tanks and armored personnel carriers attempted to counterattack units of the Russian armed forces near the Vishnevoe residential area in Zaporizhia province,” the ministry said in a statement today.

However, the Ukrainian forces were spotted by Russian unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and reconnaissance equipment while in the assembly position. Russian artillery then ambushed the group of Ukrainian tanks and tanks as they entered the line of attack.

Russian tanks, armored and infantry units repelled the advance of two Ukrainian battalions. Russian artillery then pursued and destroyed the retreating Ukrainian military convoy.

Russia stopped Ukraine's counterattack in the central region

Russian forces ambushed two Ukrainian motorized battalions near Vishnevoe in Zaporizhia province in video released on May 17. Video: Russian Defense Forces.

The video released by the Russian Defense Ministry shows many shells firing at the position of Ukrainian armored vehicles, some vehicles hit by bullets and bursting into flames. “As a result of this futile counterattack, 26 Ukrainian tanks and 12 infantry fighting vehicles were destroyed and 100 Ukrainian soldiers were killed,” the agency said.

Ukraine has not yet commented on the information.

The Vishnevoe residential area is located south of the city of Zaporizhzhia in the province of the same name in south-eastern Ukraine. This is the area between the land corridor from Ukraine’s eastern border to the Crimean Peninsula, which Russian forces have been controlling for weeks.

Russian forces are said to be consolidating their military presence at controlled targets in southern Ukraine while fighting anger in the eastern Donbass region. In the north-eastern region, however, Russia had to withdraw its troops from Kharkov province to protect the border and prevent the enemy from attacking a key logistics line in Belgorod.

Location of the residential area Vishnevoe, Ukraine (red).  Graphic: Washington Post.

Location of the residential area Vishnevoe, Ukraine (red). Graphic: Washington Post.

Nguyen Tien (Corresponding Zvezda)