Ukrainian forces shared images on social media of their success in battling the much larger and better equipped Russian army, claiming to have “destroyed columns and groups” of Russian invaders.
“The enemy does not go unpunished. Allied artillery inflicted heavy fire, destroying columns and groups of Russian occupation forces,” the Ukrainian Joint Forces Operation (JFO) said while sharing the video on social media.
“Ukrainian artillery is operating, as always, clearly, precisely and as efficiently as possible,” the statement said.
The footage also shows Ukrainian personnel overseeing the rapid launch of dozens of missiles at Russian formations.
In a separate post, the 93rd Independent Kholodnyi Yar Mechanized Brigade, a formation of the Ukrainian Ground Forces, shared footage of a destroyed Russian military column in the Ukrainian region of Sumy Oblast.
The brigade said the column “attempted to pass along a bridge which the occupiers forced local residents to rebuild”.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said on social media: “Yesterday it was reported about the disgraceful behavior of the Russian occupiers in Sumy Oblast. They thought they were “towering warriors”, in the sense of being fearless.
“The Ukrainians have shown what an occupier without a tower really looks like. Photo courtesy of the 93rd Kholodnyi Yar Independent Mechanized Brigade.
“They wanted to destroy us so many times. They could not. We have been through so much! And if anyone thinks that after overcoming all this Ukrainians will be scared, broken or will surrender, he knows nothing about Ukraine and he has no business in Ukraine,” the Ukrainian president said on Thursday. Volodymyr Zelensky. “We have nothing to lose but our own freedom.”
However, Russian bombs and missiles continued to cause significant damage in Ukraine. A massive fire broke out at an oil terminal in the northern Ukrainian city of Chernihiv on Thursday morning after it was bombed, and at least 22 people were killed in an attack on a residential area in the town.
Russian and Ukrainian negotiators discussed for the second time on Thursday ways to end a war that is now in its eighth day.
“Unfortunately, the results that Ukraine needs have not yet been achieved,” Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak said. tweeted at the end of Thursday’s talks, while Russia’s chief negotiator said the two sides had agreed to open “humanitarian corridors” for civilians to leave Ukrainian towns.
Vladimir Medinsky said the two sides had agreed on a possible “temporary ceasefire” in some “sectors” related to the humanitarian corridors and called the decision a “substantial achievement”.
The United Nations said on Thursday that more than a million people had fled Ukraine since the conflict began.
Also on Thursday, US President Joesph R. Biden Jr. met virtually with the prime ministers of Australia, India and Japan to discuss the dispute and other issues.
“They have agreed to establish a new humanitarian assistance and disaster relief mechanism that will enable the Quad to address future humanitarian challenges in the Indo-Pacific and provide a channel of communication as they address and each respond to the crisis in Ukraine,” White said. House said in a statement.
The United States, Australia and Japan had backed a United Nations General Assembly resolution calling for an immediate halt to Moscow’s attack on Ukraine and the withdrawal of all Russian troops. India abstained in Wednesday’s vote.
Edited by Richard Pretorius and Kristen Butler