Ukrainian Fighters Destroy Russian Fuel Tanker and Armored Vehicles

Ukrainian fighters destroyed a Russian fuel tanker and several armored vehicles found by drones, Ukrainian military officials say.

The 45th Separate Artillery Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said on May 22: "BOOM, effective combat test drive of the Ukrainian UAV SPECTATOR of the 45th OABR!

"There is always work for drones in the unit on the front line. Air reconnaissance provided the data – and there was a worthy target, a hostile object."

Ukraine artillery hits Russian fuel tanker
Combat test drive of the Ukrainian UAV SPECTATOR -Ukrainian artillerymen destroyed the base of the occuiers in May 2022. (@45oabr/Zenger). @45oabr/Zenger

"The drone took off for reconnaissance work in the evening and confirmed the target. In the early morning the next day, they took off again with the support of 2S7 [Pion artillery] and it worked out well.

"The hot smell of the Ukrainian Pion, as it is called, is the last thing the occupiers felt.

"The orcs are down a tanker and several units of armored vehicles. We are in a great mood from our effective cooperation.

"And an invitation to all manufacturers of modern military equipment and the latest weapons - welcome, we have a real, real test site for your products!"

The Ukrainian Center for Strategic Communications (StratCom) said: "The 45th Separate Artillery Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine carried out an attack with the precision of a surgical scalpel.

"As a result, the racists are minus one tanker and several units of light armored vehicles. To be continued...

"Believe in the Armed Forces of Ukraine! Glory to Ukraine!"

Russian troops invaded Ukraine on February 24 in what the Kremlin is still calling a "special military operation." May 23 marks the 89th day of the campaign.

From February 24 to May 23, the total combat losses of Russian troops stand at around 29,200 personnel, according to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

The Ukrainian military also claims that Russia has lost 1,293 tanks, 3,166 armored fighting vehicles, 604 artillery systems, 201 multiple launch rocket systems, 93 anti-aircraft systems, 204 warplanes, 170 helicopters, 2,206 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, 13 vessels, 476 unmanned aerial vehicles, 43 units of special equipment, and 110 cruise missiles.

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, currently occupied by Russian forces.

This story was provided to Newsweek by Zenger News.