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Footage from the war in Ukraine captures the moment artillery strikes hit a Russian base | World | News

Aerial footage of the Russian base in southern Ukraine appears to have been captured by a drone that Ukrainian units used to monitor the movement of Russian military hardware. In the video, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry identified a large number of Russian tanks, armored cars and supply trucks gathered in what appears to be an industrial complex.

Russian troops stationed in and around the plant site appear to have been caught off guard by the sudden influx of gunfire.

Annotations added by the Ukrainian military indicate the location of various pieces of military equipment scattered around the facility.

These vehicles then came out with very precise strikes one by one.

The bombardment leaves sections of the base ablaze with a fire breaking out in what appears to have been a fuel depot.

After putting an end to weeks of resistance by the last Ukrainian fighters in the strategic port of Mariupol, in the south-east, Russia is leading a major offensive in Luhansk, one of the two provinces of Donbass.

Russian-backed separatists already controlled parts of Luhansk and neighboring Donetsk province before the invasion, but Moscow wants to seize remaining Ukrainian territory in the region.

The Russian Defense Ministry said on Sunday that its forces pounded Ukrainian command centers, troops and ammunition depots in Donbass and the Mykolaiv region in the south with airstrikes and artillery.

The Ukrainian General Staff reported the continuation of intensive Russian shelling of the twin cities Sievierodonetsk and Lysychansk in the Luhansk region.

The towns, separated by the Siverskiy Donets River, form the eastern part of a Ukrainian-held pocket that Russia has been trying to invade since mid-April after failing to capture kyiv and shifting its focus east and the south of the country.

The end of the fighting in Mariupol, the largest city captured by Russia, gave Vladimir Putin a rare victory after a string of setbacks in nearly three months of fighting.

The last Ukrainian forces locked in the vast Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol have surrendered, the Russian Defense Ministry announced on Friday.

While Ukraine has not confirmed the departure of all its forces, the commander of the Azov regiment, one of the units at the plant, said in a video that the Ukrainian military command had ordered forces from Mariupol to withdraw in order to preserve their lives.

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Full control of Mariupol gives Russia control of a land route linking the Crimean peninsula, which Moscow seized in 2014, with mainland Russia and parts of eastern Ukraine held by separatists pro-Russian.

Putin calls the invasion a “special military operation” to disarm Ukraine and rid it of radical anti-Russian nationalists.

Ukraine and its allies have dismissed this as a baseless pretext for war, which has killed thousands in Ukraine, displaced millions and destroyed cities.

Meanwhile, Western countries have also stepped up their arms shipments to Ukraine.