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Video shows Russians ‘driven’ from Kherson by artillery fire: Ukraine

Ukrainian officials have shared a new video of Russian soldiers allegedly fleeing an attack as Ukraine continues to liberate Kherson.

Last Wednesday, Russia officially confirmed that its troops would withdraw from the strategically vital city of Kherson in southern Ukraine, the latest and arguably the biggest blow to the Russian war effort so far. day. Russian troops had occupied the city since March, just weeks after the initial invasion. The Kremlin in September declared the annexation of the Kherson region, where the city is located, alongside three other key regions.

The victory over Russia in Kherson led to widespread celebration from Ukrainians of all stripes, with numerous videos and images making the rounds online showing jubilant locals and fleeing Russians. One of the latest examples of the latter was shared by the official Facebook page of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on Tuesday.

According to the message, the video allegedly shows a Russian military vehicle, specifically a GAZ-66 truck, fleeing along a rural road in Kherson. As it concerns Newsweek was able to glean from the video, the truck stops along a treeline and is then the target of several artillery fire. Eventually, the vehicle appears to sink deeper into a wooded area as the strikes continue. At various points in the video, close-ups appear to show Russian soldiers leaving the truck. At the end of the clip, the truck burst into flames, presumably having been hit by one of the artillery strikes.

“Heading to Kherson. The soldiers of the 45th Separate Artillery Brigade still ‘hunted’ the Russian occupiers from the GAZ-66,” the message read after being scanned through online translation software. “Have faith in warriors!”

Above is a photo of a Russian military truck in occupied Kherson at the start of the invasion. Ukraine’s military shared a video on Tuesday purporting to show a Russian military truck driven out of Kherson by artillery strikes.
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Newsweek contacted the Russian Ministry of Defense for comments.

Ukraine announced on Saturday that in the previous 24 hours, Russian forces had lost 810 troops in liberating Kherson, bringing the death toll from the invasion to more than 80,000 since February. He also said that Russia had lost 24 tanks and 34 armored personnel carriers, and that the Ukrainian Air Force had carried out strikes against 16 targets.

Russia’s ongoing unrest in Ukraine has drawn a wave of pessimism and unusual criticism from state media hosts and analysts in the country. Igor Shatrov, head of the Expert Council of Russia’s Strategic Development Fund, said in a recent appearance on the program Meeting point that the country was unprepared for war and that President Vladimir Putin’s reluctance to call it a war hampered the country’s ability to move forward.

“We weren’t ready for the war we started,” Shatrov said. “We keep calling it a ‘special military operation’ – we’re too timid to call it a war, which is a huge problem. Because with war, other laws come into play.”