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Watch the Ukrainian 40th Artillery Brigade destroy Russian tanks in Kharkiv

Video footage from Ukraine 40e The Artillery Brigade shared online last week shows Russian armored vehicles being destroyed by indirect fire in Kharkiv Oblast. The incidents took place in an area just west of Luhansk Oblast, the so-called People’s Republic which Russia declared independent at the start of the invasion.

As fighting in Luhansk Oblast has intensified in recent months and Russia took full control of the region last weekend, fighting has continued westward.

The footage shows how two BMP-1/2 infantry fighting vehicles and two T-72B series tanks were destroyed, along with an additional unidentified armored vehicle.

The film shows the vehicles in flames, black smoke billowing from the impact sites. It is also backed by dramatic sound and compiled in a way that suggests Ukraine is mocking Russia. Videos of this style have been released frequently since February by propagandists on both sides of the conflict.

See Russian destruction in Lugansk Oblast

To the east, Russia seems to have the advantage over Ukraine. While Luhansk Governor Serhiy Haidai denies that Russia has taken full control of the region, the Russian military is certainly behaving as if it has. After taking control of the city of Lysychansk on Sunday – the last Ukrainian-controlled city in the region – the army has since moved south to Donetsk Oblast.

Footage and images from Luhansk show destroyed Ukrainian equipment, including several armored vehicles, reconnaissance cars and command vehicles.

Last Sunday, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoifu told Russian President Vladimir Putin that their forces had achieved “full control” of the region. Ukrainian officials also announced that all troops had been withdrawn from the town of Lysychansk for fear of “deadly consequences”.

On Thursday, Putin threatened to continue the military conflict in Ukraine, saying his operation in Ukraine “hasn’t even started in earnest yet.”

The comments appeared to be a suggestion that Russia intended to move forward with its plans to capture Donetsk, before potentially moving on to other parts of Ukraine.

In a meeting with parliamentary leaders, the Russian president said his decision to prolong the war was also motivated by the West’s continued support for Ukraine, saying NATO countries wanted to weaken Russia Consequently.

No one knows how long the conflict will last, but more images of destruction in Ukraine are definitely to be expected in the days and weeks to come.

Jack Buckby is a British author, counter-extremism researcher and journalist based in New York. Reporting from the UK, Europe and the US, it strives to analyze and understand left and right radicalisation, and reports on Western government approaches to pressing issues of today. His books and research papers explore these themes and offer pragmatic solutions to our increasingly polarized society.