Pro-Russian Separatists Accuse Ukraine of Firing Tactical Missile at Village

Pro-Russia separatists in the so-called Luhansk People's Republic have accused Ukraine of firing a tactical missile at a village.

The footage shows debris from what LPR military officials claim was a tactical missile fired by Ukrainian forces into the village of Horoshee in the eastern part of the country.

The images were obtained from the LPR, a breakaway state in eastern Ukraine, on Tuesday, along with a statement saying: "Ukrainian Nazis used a tactical missile against the inhabitants of the village of Horoshee."

Horoshee village hit by Ukrainian shelling
Footage shows debris from what Luhansk People's Republic military officials claim was a tactical missile fired by Ukrainian forces into the village of Horoshee in the eastern part of the country. @millnr/Zenger

The LPR added: "The blow was delivered from a Tochka U tactical missile system.

"During our investigation, we found that a high-explosive fragmentation type tactical missile was used. That is, [one that is] designed to destroy housing construction, various communications, and so on. It carries a great destructive ability."

Zenger News has not been able to independently verify the images or the claims.

Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24 in what the Kremlin is calling a "special military operation." Tuesday marks the 118th day of the invasion.

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that between February 24 and June 21, Russia had lost about 34,100 personnel, 1,496 tanks, 3,606 armored combat vehicles, 752 artillery units, 239 multiple launch rocket systems, 98 air defense systems, 216 warplanes, 181 helicopters, 611 drones, 137 cruise missiles, 14 warships, 2,537 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, and 59 units of special equipment.

Russia recently conducted an anti-ship missile exercise in the Baltic Sea amid escalating tensions with NATO member Lithuania after the country blocked the transit of goods to the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad.

Ukrainian forces have said that they have been successfully thwarting fresh Russian attempts to advance in the Kharkiv region of northeastern Ukraine.

And Iryna Vereshchuk, Ukraine's deputy prime minister and minister for Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories, has urged locals in the Kherson region to evacuate the area so as to help Ukrainian forces "de-occupy" the area.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky visited Ukraine's southern frontline as Ukrainian forces mount a counterattack in the region to push back Russian troops.

The new head of the British Army, General Sir Patrick Sanders, has told British forces that they need to be ready to face Russia on the battlefield and said the British Army now needs to be capable of defeating Russia.

Meanwhile, Zelensky said that a "historic week" has begun as Kyiv awaits a decision from Brussels regarding its EU candidate status. The European Parliament adopted a resolution recommending that the European Union grant Ukraine the status of candidate country for EU membership. Some 438 members of the European Parliament voted in favor of the resolution, with 65 voting against and 94 abstaining.

Zelensky, speaking to the African Union on Monday, also accused Russia of holding Africa "hostage" over grain and fertilizer shortages.

Independent Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov has auctioned off his Nobel Peace Prize medal for $103.5 million, with all the proceeds going to help Ukrainian refugees.

Muratov, 60, is the editor-in-chief of Russian independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta, which he co-founded in 1993. The paper has regularly defied numerous threats and covered themes that make the Kremlin uneasy.

Novaya Gazeta has reported on Russian government corruption, human rights violations, and police violence as well as publishing articles that are critical of Putin.

Muratov has been a vocal advocate for the freedom of the press and argued that it needs to remain independent from government influence.

This story was provided to Newsweek by Zenger News.