Russian Navy Conducts Exercises in Far East

Russian warships were firing rockets and artillery in military exercises held in the country's far east.

Zenger News obtained the video from the Ministry of Defense (MoD) of the Russian Federation on Wednesday.

The MoD said (in Russian): "Warships of the Pacific Fleet carried out rocket and artillery firing near Kamchatka.

Pacific Fleet of Russia firing practice
Ships of the Pacific Fleet of Russia conducted firing practice off the coast of Kamchatka, Russia, in May 2022. Ministry of Defense of Russia/Zenger

"The small missile ships 'Iney' and 'Smerch' as part of the ship's strike group worked out joint actions to conduct a sea battle with a mock enemy, performing rocket and artillery firing.

"The event was held as part of a planned tactical exercise with the ship strike group of the Pacific Fleet in the sea training ground of Avacha Bay."

The Pacific Fleet is the Russian Navy fleet in the Pacific Ocean. Its headquarters are located in Fokino, close to Vladivostok.

Avacha Bay is located on the southeastern coast of the Kamchatka Peninsula, located in the Russian far east.

The update comes after Moscow claimed a strategic victory through the fall of the port city of Mariupol.

Russian authorities said they plan to tear down Azovstal itself and turn Mariupol into a "resort city," according to the Institute for the Study of War.

The Kremlin also says that the Ukrainian fighters from the Azovstal plant have been taken to a former prison colony in a Russian-controlled part of Donetsk.

Russia's defense ministry said 771 Ukrainian fighters from the steelworks had surrendered up until May 19, taking the total to 1,730, and 80 of the fighters were wounded.

However, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called Russia's invasion of Ukraine an "absolute failure" and said Russian leaders were afraid to acknowledge "that catastrophic mistakes were made at the highest military and state level."

Zelensky also said that said Ukraine is determined to reclaim control over the southern cities of Kherson, Melitopol, Berdiansk, Enerhodar, and Mariupol, now occupied by Russian forces.

On the ground, Ukrainian forces have retaken villages around the northeastern city of Kharkiv, but Russian forces have advanced slowly in the east of the country.

The Ukrainian Armed Forces claim to have killed about 28,500 Russian soldiers since the Russian invasion of Ukraine began on February 24.

They also say that between February 24 and May 19, the enemy lost 1,254 tanks, 3,063 armored fighting vehicles, 595 artillery systems, 199 multiple launch rocket systems, 93 anti-aircraft warfare systems, 203 aircraft, 167 helicopters, 2,157 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, 13 ships/boats, 455 unmanned aerial vehicles, 43 pieces of special units and 103 cruise missiles.

This story was provided to Newsweek by Zenger News.