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Ukrainian troops ridiculed Russian forces with a video of Russian tanks captured by Ukraine. A howitzer with the pro-war symbol ‘Z’ from Russia’s 18th Motorised Rifle Division now has “To Kyiv” and “Crimea is ours” signs on it. “It is especially amusing that Russian self-propelled guns are outlined with boastful inscriptions ‘To Kyiv’ and ‘Crimea is ours’,” Ukrainian 25th Airborne Brigade, who posted the video, said in a Telegram post.
Ukrainian soldiers also claim to have captured an entire battery. The video was filmed 20km from the previous frontline.
The brigade added: “The offensive of the Armed Forces of Ukraine was so swift that even long-range artillery, which was stationed 20 kilometres from the front line, was captured in its positions.”
Ukrainian forces are conducting a successful counteroffensive in the southern Kherson region and the north-eastern Kharkiv region in a military effort to retake Russian-controlled territories.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says Ukrainian troops have recaptured more than 1,000 square kilometres of territory over the last week.
“Our heroes have already liberated dozens of settlements. And today this movement continued, there are new results,” President Zelensky said in a nightly address.”
“In total, more than a thousand square kilometres of our territory have been liberated since 1 September.”
Kharkiv cities like Balakliya were recaptured by Ukrainian soldiers, with footage emerging of residents welcoming soldiers.
Residents can be seen hugging soldiers and some crying in a video shared by Ukrainian journalist Nataliya Gumenyuk.
Ms Gumenyuk said in the tweet: “Ladies greet soldiers in liberated Balakliya after 6 months of occupation. ‘Boys, we have some pancakes left, would you like?’ ‘A bit later, please, better still hide, shelling is still possible’. I can watch endlessly”
Reacting to another video of Balakliya residents, Igor Sushko, who has been translating Russian and Ukrainian content into English since the start of the war, said: “Bittersweet to watch the videos of residents’ reactions to the Ukrainian soldiers liberating cities from Putin’s fascist regime. This is #Balakliya near #Kharkiv.”
President Zelensky acknowledged $675million in military aid announced by the United States on Thursday as US Secretary of State Antony Blinken made an unannounced visit in Kyiv.
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Secretary Blinken tweeted: “Stay strong, Kyiv. I leave with redoubled respect for your ferocity, your courage, and your confidence that Ukraine will prevail.”
President Zelensky also appreciated the $1 billion Ukraine is set to receive from a package put together by several European countries.
“Each of these steps of our partners has a real impact on the strength of our state and the whole of Europe in defence against Russian terror,” he said.
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