Ukrainian Special Forces Work With Artillery Units, Take Out Russian Forces

Footage from the Ukrainian military reportedly shows its special forces working with artillery units to take out Russian equipment, ammunition, and troops.

The coordinated operation was reportedly carried out by the Special Operations Forces (SSO) of Ukraine, which is a branch that is exclusively made up of "Spetsnaz" units, a type of special forces that typically carry out special reconnaissance operations, acts of sabotage, and psychological warfare.

It is currently unclear where exactly the images were filmed, but the footage was obtained Thursday evening from the Command of the Special Operations Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, along with a statement saying: "SSO operators of Ukraine together with artillerymen masterfully set up tasks for the destruction of enemy equipment, ammunition and manpower."

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Footage from the Ukrainian military reportedly shows its special forces working with artillery units to take out Russian equipment, ammunition, and troops. @usofcom/Zenger

"This was preceded by an accurate reconnaissance of enemy clusters. SSO soldiers determined several locations where the Russian military kept heavy weapons and ammunition.

"Later, our artillery joined the cause of destroying the enemy forces. Thanks to precise adjustments by the SSO operators of Ukraine, the Russian occupiers suffered considerable losses."

The footage and a statement were also relayed by the Strategic Communications Department (StratCom) of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Zenger News contacted the Command of the Special Operations Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine for further comment, as well as the Russian Ministry of Defense, but had not received a reply at the time of writing.

Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24 in what the Kremlin is calling a "special military operation." Friday marks the 121st day of the invasion.

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that between February 24 and June 24, Russia had lost about 34,530 personnel, 1,507 tanks, 3,637 armored combat vehicles, 759 artillery units, 241 multiple launch rocket systems, 99 air defense systems, 216 warplanes, 183 helicopters, 622 drones, 137 cruise missiles, 14 warships, 2,553 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, and 60 units of special equipment.

The European Union on Thursday approved Ukraine's application to become a candidate for admission to the bloc, which is currently made up of 27 countries. The decision has been hailed in Brussels and Kyiv as a "historic moment," with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky saying that "Ukraine's future is in the EU."

The head of the International Energy Agency, Fatih Birol, warned Russia might stop supplying gas to Europe this winter. Several European countries have already received less Russian gas than expected in the last few weeks, with European imports of natural gas from Russia dropping from approximately 40 percent to 20 percent.

Germany has taken a step closer to gas rationing after a drop in supplies from Russia.

British intelligence has estimated that the pro-Russian, so-called Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) has lost 55 percent of its original forces.

U.S. intelligence has revealed that Russia is mining the Black Sea ports of Odesa and Ochakiv to throttle Ukraine's ability to export grain.

Russia is now thought to control all of the eastern Ukrainian city of Severodonetsk, apart from the Azot chemical plant.

Ukrainian officials have said there are currently no safe towns for civilians in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine as fighting intensifies.

This story was provided to Newsweek by Zenger News.