These images claim to show Ukrainian troops eliminating Russian soldiers in the Kherson region of southern Ukraine.
Released footage appears to show Ukrainian artillery targeting entrenched Russian positions in the area.
It is unclear where exactly in the region of Kherson Oblast in southern Ukraine the footage was filmed, but it was obtained from the 36th Separate Marine Brigade, part of the Ukrainian Navy , on the evening of Monday, June 20, and they said: “Nikolaev’s Marines are actively preparing to participate in the ‘Kherson referendum’!”
Iryna Vereshchuk, Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for the Reintegration of Temporarily Occupied Territories, urged residents of the Kherson region to evacuate the area in order to help Ukrainian forces “deoccupy” the area.
She said, “Please leave because our army will definitely clear these lands. Our will to do so is unwavering. And it will be very, very difficult to open a humanitarian corridor when there are children there. It was difficult in Mariupol, and in the Kherson region it will be even more difficult.
“Because the enemy learns, becomes even more cynical and uses human shields, especially children. We will know there are children there, and we will be helpless, and we really don’t want that. Believe me, the vacancy will be very fast. There will certainly be a counter-offensive.
The 36th Separate Marine Brigade added that the images show how “the art of the 36th Separate Marine Brigade named after Rear Admiral Mykhailo Bilynsky has once again de-Nazified the command and observation post occupants”.
They signed saying, “Glory to the Marines!”
The 36th Separate Marine Brigade, officially the ’36th Separate Marine Brigade of Rear Admiral Mykhailo Bilynskyi’, was formed in 2015, mostly from Ukrainian marines who evacuated from Crimea after the peninsula was annexed by Russia in 2014.
They were one of two main units – along with the Azov Battalion – which defended Mariupol until the city was taken by pro-Russian forces in May.
We have reached out to Russian and Ukrainian officials for comment, but had not received a response at the time of writing.
Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24 in what the Kremlin calls a “special military operation.” June 21 marks the 118th day of the invasion.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that between February 24 and June 21, Russia lost about 34,100 men, 1,496 tanks, 3,606 armored fighting vehicles, 752 artillery units, 239 multiple rocket launcher systems, 98 air defense systems, 216 combat aircraft. , 181 helicopters, 611 drones, 137 cruise missiles, 14 warships, 2,537 motor vehicles and tankers and 59 special equipment units.
Russia has conducted an anti-ship missile exercise in the Baltic Sea amid escalating tensions with NATO member Lithuania after the latter country blocked the transit of goods to the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad.
Ukrainian forces said they succeeded in thwarting renewed Russian attempts to advance in the Kharkiv region of northeastern Ukraine.
The new head of the British army, General Sir Patrick Sanders, told British forces that they must be ready to face Russia on the battlefield and said that the British army must now be able to defeat the Russia.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy traveled to Ukraine’s southern front line as Ukrainian forces mounted a counterattack in the area to repel Russian troops.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the war in Ukraine could last for years, adding that while the costs were high, the cost of enabling Russia to achieve its military goals would be even higher.
President Joe Biden has promised Kyiv another billion dollars in security aid and weapons. And General Mark Milley says Russia has lost about 20-30% of its armored strength during the current invasion.
Former Russian President and staunch ally of Vladimir Putin, Dmitry Medvedev, has ridiculed French, German and Italian leaders visiting Ukraine’s capital Kyiv, calling them ‘fans of frogs, liver sausages and spaghetti’ .
French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi held talks in Kyiv, the Ukrainian capital, with President Zelensky on June 16.
President Zelenskyy said a “historic week” has begun as Kyiv awaits a decision from Brussels on its EU candidate status.
The European Parliament adopted a resolution recommending that the European Union grant Ukraine the status of a candidate country for EU membership. Some 438 Members of the European Parliament voted in favor of the resolution, 65 voted against and 94 abstained.
Freelance Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov has auctioned off his Nobel Peace Prize medal for $103.5 million, with all proceeds going to help Ukrainian refugees.
Muratov, 60, is the editor-in-chief of the independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta, which he co-founded in 1993. The paper has regularly defied many threats and covered topics that worry the Kremlin.
Novaya Gazeta has reported on Russian government corruption, human rights abuses and police violence, as well as published articles critical of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Muratov was a strong advocate of press freedom and argued that it should remain independent of state influence.