Ukraine shared video of the destruction of four Russian armored vehicles over the winter.
The front and rear vehicles were targeted, trapping the other two in between.
According to a WSJ analysis, this is typical of how Ukraine is holding back Russia’s advance.
A video shared by a Ukrainian mounted brigade shows a convoy of Russian armed vehicles carefully destroyed, demonstrating the country’s defense tactics as winter approaches.
Video seen by the drone shows the first of four armed vehicles hit by an explosion. It then cuts to show another strike on the rear vehicle, which traps the two in the middle.
The two stuck vehicles change course – one turns around and the other attempts to move forward – but each is pushed back by further strikes.
The footage, shared on December 28 and ironically set to the tune of Wham!’s “Last Christmas,” shows the actions of the 30th and 14th Mechanized Brigades near Kupiansk in northeastern Ukraine, according to the Facebook post dated 30.
According to The Wall Street Journalwhich produced an in-depth analysis of the raw unedited footage, the video shows a typical set of tactics for the brigades.
The Russians were trying to take control of Synkivka, just northeast of Kupiansk, a battalion commander told the Journal.
The convoy consisted of tanks and infantry fighting vehicles and traced a narrow path through a minefield, the media outlet reported.
In the raw footage, the newspaper reports, the Russian soldiers can then be seen rushing towards a grove of bare trees, who are then also targeted.
He said the footage is an example of the tactics Ukraine used to hold back Russian forces throughout a grueling winter campaign, despite Ukraine’s best efforts. precious little progress themselves.
It also shows how Russia’s devastating defensive lines – which include miles-deep minefields to prevent Ukrainian forces from retaking territory – are proving a trap for their own military progress.
A month after the assault, Russian forces are still trying to advance on Kupiansk, a crucial rail hub for the region.
Volodymyr Fito, spokesman for the Ukrainian ground forces, said that “the enemy has only managed to somewhat improve its tactical position and is now presenting it in its media as the capture of Berlin.” according to Ukrainian Pravda.
Fito did not specify the extent of territory gained by Russia, saying only that 10 assaults had been repelled and that there had been actions in Synkivka, Tabaivka, Terny and Yampolivka, while denying Russian reports that Tabaivka had been captured.
The Russian military is behaving “recklessly,” he said, adding that it has “intensified the use of armored vehicles, actively deploying tanks and infantry fighting vehicles.”
He continues: “Given the scale of the losses, we see that this does not help them much.”
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