Ukrainian Defenders Light Up Sky With Flurry of Rockets

Ukrainian defenders fired a flurry of rockets into the night sky to extend what they called a "fiery greeting" to their Russian counterparts.

The attack was reportedly carried out by members of the 59th Motorized Brigade, named after Yakov Gandziuk, a formation of the Ukrainian Ground Forces.

The Ukrainian military said they sent a "fiery greeting" to the Russians to show them how "brightly Ukrainian artillery shines" in the night sky.

In the official footage, defending soldiers are seen sending a barrage of rockets into the air from the safety of their foxhole.

pThe People's Militia of the Donetsk People's Republic of the Russian Federation completely cleared the village of Novoselovka from the infantry of the Ukrainian national battalions on the way to Novgorodsky, renamed New York by the Ukrainian parliament (
The Peole's Militia of the Donetsk Peole's Reublic of the Russian Federation comletely cleared the village of Novoselovka from the infantry of the Ukrainian national battalions on the way to Novgorodsky, renamed New York by the Ukrainian arliament (The Peole's Militia of the Donetsk Peole's Reublic/Zenger).

The Ukrainian Center for Strategic Communications (StratCom) said on May 26: "That's how brightly Ukrainian artillery shines for the occupiers!

"The fiery greeting was conveyed to the enemy by the 59th separate motorized infantry brigade named after Yakov Gandziuk.

"We never get tired of looking at the work of our defenders, we believe in the Armed Forces."

In related news, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Donbas could be left uninhabited by the ongoing invasion and accused Russia of carrying out a "genocide" in the region.

The city of Sievierodonetsk is currently suffering an onslaught of Russian shelling and there were reports of three explosions overnight in the city of Dnipro.

The death toll from shelling in Ukraine's second-largest city Kharkiv on May 26 has now reached nine people, including a baby.

Zelensky said Thursday night that lives are lost in Ukraine every moment the West delays putting more pressure on Russia.

His foreign minister Dmytro Kuleba said Ukraine would not be able to counter the Russian offensive without more heavy weapons.

U.S. officials said the Biden administration is considering supplying Ukraine with the M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System.

The maximum firing range of the light multiple rocket launcher developed in the late 1990s for the U.S. Army is 186 miles.

Novoselovka cleared by Russian forces
The People's Militia of the Donetsk People's Republic of the Russian Federation reportedly cleared the village of Novoselovka from the infantry of the Ukrainian national battalions on the way to Novgorodsky, renamed New York by the Ukrainian Parliament. People's Militia of the DPR/Zenger

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported earlier Friday that from February 24 to May 27, Russia had lost about 29,750 troops in addition to 1,322 tanks, 3,246 armored fighting vehicles, 623 artillery systems, 201 multiple launch rocket systems, 93 air defense systems, 206 warplanes, 170 helicopters, 503 unmanned aerial vehicles, 115 cruise missiles, 13 warships, 2,226 military vehicles and fuel tankers, and 48 units of special equipment.

While the Russian MoD reported earlier Friday that over the same period, Ukraine had lost 179 warplanes, 127 helicopters, 1,019 unmanned aerial vehicles, 323 air defense systems, 3,266 tanks and armored fighting vehicles, 433 multiple launch rocket systems, 1,682 artillery systems, and 3,190 military vehicles.

Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24 in what Russian President Vladimir Putin initially called a "special military operation" to "demilitarize and denazify" Ukraine.

The Kremlin is still calling it a "special military operation" but now says the goal is to "protect Donbass." May 27 marks the 93rd day of the invasion.

This story was provided to Newsweek by Zenger News.