Ukrainian Marines Say They've Tracked and Killed Russian Troops in Donetsk

This footage shows how marines tracked and killed Russian soldiers hiding in damaged buildings in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine, according to Ukrainian forces.

The images were obtained from the 503rd Separate Marine Corps Battalion of the Ukrainian Navy on August 20, along with a statement saying: "The closer to Independence Day, the more actively the Russians are trying to seize our land.

"They come in small groups, try to gather strength, thinking that we don't know about them, or we won't see them. But, they still don't understand who they are dealing with. Well, now they will find out for themselves why we have such fertile black soil because people like them are buried four layers deep."

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Russian soldiers allegedly go close to a building in a field area in the Donetsk direction of Ukraine, Saturday, Aug. 20, 2022. According to Ukrainian forces, the military units of its Navy destroyed two tanks and 12 Russian soldiers. Zenger/@503obmp

The Ukrainian Navy, relaying the footage, said on August 21: "On August 20, servicemen of the military units and units of the Marine Corps Command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine are part of the groups steadfastly and courageously resisted the Russian invaders on the fortified areas of the front.

"In the Donetsk direction, marines destroyed two tanks, an armored personnel carrier, and a vehicle with enemy ammunition. Our artillery units struck a concentration of personnel and equipment of the invaders, as a result of which 12 invaders were killed and wounded, and one Hyacinth-S self-propelled howitzer was destroyed.

"The final losses of the enemy are being confirmed. Glory to Ukraine!"

The images were also relayed by the Office of Strategic Communications (StratCom) of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Zenger News contacted the Ukrainian Navy and they said that the "footage was authentic and the information accurate."

Zenger News also contacted the Russian Ministry of Defense for a comment but had not received a reply at the time of writing.

Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24 in what the Kremlin is still calling a "special military operation." Tuesday marks the 181st day of the war.

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that between February 24 and August 22, Russia had lost about 45,400 personnel, 1,919 tanks, 4,230 armored combat vehicles, 1,032 artillery units, 266 multiple launch rocket systems, 145 air defense systems, 234 warplanes, 198 helicopters, 815 drones, 194 cruise missiles, 15 warships, 3,149 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, and 99 units of special equipment.

Russia has said that its casualties have been much lower but provides infrequent updates on its latest figures.

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Picture shows an explosion close to buildings in a field area in the Donetsk direction of Ukraine, Saturday, Aug. 20, 2022. The footage was released by the 503rd Separate Marine Corps Battalion of the Ukrainian Navy. Zenger/@503obmp

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky has said that "Russia may try to do something particularly ugly, something particularly vicious" as Ukraine prepares to celebrate 31 years of independence from the Soviet Union on Wednesday, August 24. Large gatherings have been banned in Kyiv for four days beginning Monday, August 22.

Ukraine's military has warned that Russian forces are positioning missile-capable warships and submarines in the Black Sea and air defense systems in Belarus.

Zaporizhzhia Regional Governor Valentyn Reznichenko has said that the city of Nikopol, which is located on the right bank of the Dnipro River, not far from the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant–Europe's largest–was shelled during the night of Sunday to Monday.

The U.S., the U.K., Germany, and France have urged for military restraint around the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and French President Emmanuel Macron have agreed to send a team from the International Atomic Energy Agency to inspect the plant, the Élysée Palace said in a statement.

Ukrainian officials have said that five Russian Kalibr cruise missiles were fired from the Black Sea at the Odesa region. Two were shot down by Ukrainian air defenses while three of the Russian missile hit agricultural targets and caused no casualties.

Russia said on Sunday that the missiles had hit an ammunition depot that contained U.S.-made HIMARS rockets, but Ukraine said that the Russians had hit a granary.

This story was provided to Newsweek by Zenger News.