In a video appears to show Ukrainian special forces mining a pontoon bridge built by Russian troops to cross a river in the eastern Ukrainian region of Luhansk before blowing it up.
The first segment of the video, which appears to have been shot with night vision technology, shows what appear to be Ukrainian special forces mining the pontoon bridge at night.
The video then cuts to a later date, in daylight, when the pontoon bridge is reportedly blown up. The footage was obtained from the Special Operations Forces (SSO) of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on Thursday, along with a short statement saying: “We do not know what the occupiers thought when they built a pontoon bridge to force [their way across] the river in the Luhansk region.
“After all, there are more than enough bad signs around that place in the form of burnt Russian equipment.”
The exact location of the footage in the Luhansk region is unknown, but the SSO also stated, “We do not know what the enemy was hoping for when the SSO of Ukraine was able to mine a pontoon under his nose in the middle of the night.” But we know exactly how our soldiers felt when they sent another enemy into the air.”
At the time of writing, Zenger News had not received a response from Russian or Ukrainian officials.
Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24 as part of a “special military operation” to “liberate the Donbas.” The 113th day of the invasion is June 16.
Between February 24 and June 16, Russia lost approximately 32,950 personnel, 1,449 tanks, 3,545 armored fighting vehicles, 729 artillery pieces, 233 multiple launch rocket systems, 97 air defense systems, 213 warplanes, 179 helicopters, 591 tactical drones, 129 cruise missiles, 13 warships, 2,494 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, and 55 pieces of special equipment, according to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi arrived in Kyiv for talks on Thursday. They are reportedly hoping to disprove their perceived lukewarm support for Ukraine.
Meanwhile, following Chinese President Xi Jinping’s assurances to Russian President Vladimir Putin that Beijing supports Russian “sovereignty,” Washington has warned China that it risks being on the “wrong side of history.”
Thousands of civilians remain trapped in Severodonetsk, a key eastern Ukrainian city where water supplies are said to be running low. Hundreds of civilians have taken refuge in the city’s Azot chemical plant’s bunkers.
Serhiy Haidai, governor of the Luhansk Oblast, stated earlier this week that all three bridges into Severodonetsk had been destroyed, making delivery of supplies and evacuation of civilians impossible.
President Joe Biden has promised Kyiv another billion dollars in security assistance and weapons, and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Mark Milley says Russia has lost 20 to 30 percent of its armored force during the ongoing invasion.
Ukrainian forces have proven more resilient than expected, but the U.S.-based Institute for the Study of War said that as they use the last of their stocks of Soviet-era weapons and munitions, they will require consistent Western support.