A Ukrainian official reports that Russian soldiers are fleeing so quickly as a counteroffensive by Ukraine retakes large areas of land that they are leaving “half of their equipment” behind.
Significant gains made by Ukrainian forces in the east of the country have compelled Russia to withdraw troops from the area in order to prevent being besieged as the war entered its 200th day on Sunday.
According to Anton Gerashchenko, a consultant at the Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs, Russian soldiers have retreated so quickly that they have left a sizable number of weaponry behind.
Gerashchenko posted a video on Twitter that appeared to show a Russian tank that had been abandoned in Izyum, a significant Russian military installation in the Kharkiv region.
Russian soldiers left half of their equipment behind as they fled so quickly.
I’ll be marking my jokes for a while, He annotated the video footage. Russian soldiers left half of their equipment behind as they withdrew so quickly.
Since September 6, Ukrainian forces have reclaimed more than 3,000 square kilometers of land, according to a report released on Saturday by the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) in the United States.
According to the ISW, Russian forces are “hurriedly fleeing” the area to avoid being surrounded in the city of Izyum, which Ukrainian forces will likely soon take control of if they haven’t already.
The Donbas region of eastern Ukraine is where two separatist regions have been declared sovereign by Russia.
Volodymyr Zelensky, the president of Ukraine, praised the armed forces in a video message posted on the Telegram platform on Saturday night.
Zelensky also made fun of Russia for removing troops, claiming that the Russian army was showing its back, which is what it does best.
In the end, their decision to flee was the right one. The occupiers are not and never will be welcome in Ukraine said he.
Zelensky posted a video of Ukrainian soldiers raising the flag over Chkalovske, a town they had taken back from the Russians during the counteroffensive, on Sunday.
Denys Shmyhal, the prime minister of Ukraine, praised the developments as extremely encouraging on Saturday and commended NATO countries for their generous donations of several weaponry, notably the M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System.