Russian artillery reportedly targeted Ukrainian forces before opening fire on them and quickly moved to new locations, presumably to avoid being hit by returning fire.
The Russian Defense Ministry (MoD) said in a statement obtained on Monday: “Crews of the Akatsiya 152-mm self-propelled artillery system in combat action as part of the Western MD offensive [Military District] troops in the AFU [Armed Forces of Ukraine] positions.”
The Western Military District is one of the five military districts belonging to the Russian Armed Forces and mainly focuses on the central-western region of European Russia.
The Russian Defense Ministry also claimed: “The Akatsiya system and the Msta-B howitzer batteries launched an attack on the areas of concentration of manpower and equipment of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) in from sheltered positions.
“The enemy convoy was detected by unmanned aerial vehicle crews.”
Zenger News was unable to independently verify the Russian Defense Ministry’s claims or the footage. Zenger has contacted the Russian Defense Ministry for further comment, as well as the Ukrainian Defense Ministry, but has not received a response at the time of writing.
Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24 in what the Kremlin still calls a “special military operation.” Monday marks the 124th day of the invasion.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that between February 24 and June 27, Russia lost about 35,000 men, 1,552 tanks, 3,687 armored fighting vehicles, 771 artillery units, 243 multiple rocket launcher systems, 101 air defense systems, 217 warplanes. , 184 helicopters, 636 drones, 137 cruise missiles, 14 warships, 2,575 motor vehicles and tankers and 60 units of special equipment.
At least 14 missiles hit the Ukrainian capital Kyiv, according to Ukrainian officials. The strikes come as G7 leaders gather in Bavaria, Germany for a three-day summit. Military support for Ukraine is high on the agenda. The G7 is made up of Germany, France, Italy, Japan, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Other missiles reportedly hit the central city of Cherkassy, as well as the strategically vital port city of Odessa.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addressed G7 leaders and said he wanted the war to end before the end of the year. He reiterated his demand for air defense systems, as well as new sanctions against Russia. He also reiterated his request for help in exporting grain from Ukraine.
Russian troops have been accused of looting large quantities of grain from farmers in occupied areas of Ukraine, as well as other crops, including sunflower seeds. They were also accused of stealing fertilizers and agricultural equipment.
The city of Severodonetsk in eastern Ukraine is now in Russian hands after Ukrainian troops were ordered to withdraw after weeks of siege.
The United Kingdom and the United States, as well as Japan and Canada, are about to ban imports of Russian gold. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the ban “will strike at the heart of Putin’s war machine”.
Last week, the European Union approved Ukraine’s application to become a candidate for membership in the bloc, which is currently made up of 27 countries. The decision was hailed in Brussels and Kyiv as a “historic moment”, with Zelensky saying “Ukraine’s future is in the EU”.
This story was provided to Newsweek by Zenger News.