Videos Show Russian Soldiers Looting Banks and Grocery Stores in Ukraine

Videos on social media appear to show Russian soldiers looting banks and grocery stores in Ukraine.

One video which has circulated widely on Twitter over the last few hours purportedly shows armed Russian soldiers taking items from a Ukrainian supermarket.

It was not immediately clear where the incident took place, and Newsweek is still trying to verify the details.

Meanwhile, another video appears to show Russian soldiers who had broken into a bank in the Kherson region of Ukraine.

The soldiers allegedly stole a safe from the bank, reporter Alec Luhn wrote alongside a video on Twitter, citing the the Ukrainian military.

It comes as Ukraine's deputy defense minister Hanna Maliar said Russian troops had sustained heavy losses and warned they would resort to looting businesses to replenish supplies.

"The Russian Federation's invasion of our country is now on its third day. Primary targets and enemy attempts to succeed are not realized," Maliar said in a statement on Saturday.

"The enemy takes heavy losses, and the enemy is exhausted. Its ability to replenish fuel, ammunition and food is compromised. It is essential to prevent this replenishment.

"The enemy is expected to exploit opportunities to replenish their supplies at the expense of civilians, commercial establishments, small and medium-sized businesses, mainly through looting, plundering, and other criminal means.

"The Armed Forces of Ukraine appeal to citizens to unite and resist as much as possible in their territorial communities."

On Sunday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's office confirmed on Telegram that a delegation from Ukraine would meet with Russian officials at an unspecified location on the Belarusian border.

"We agreed that the Ukrainian delegation would meet with the Russian delegation without preconditions on the Ukrainian-Belarusian border, near the Pripyat River," he wrote.

"[Belarus President] Alexander Lukashenko has taken responsibility for ensuring that all planes, helicopters and missiles stationed on Belarusian territory remain on the ground during Ukrainian delegations travel, talks and return."

The announcement came after Russia announced that its delegation had flown to Belarus to await talks.

Zelenskyy had initially rejected the move, saying any talks should take place somewhere other than Belarus, where Russia placed a large contingent of troops before it invaded Ukraine earlier this week.

News of the meeting came shortly after Vladimir Putin ordered Russian nuclear forces put on high alert in response to what he called "aggressive statements" by NATO countries.

Update 2/27/22, 10 a.m. ET: This article has been updated with additional information and a picture.

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A video on social media appears to show Russian soldiers looting a grocery store in Ukraine. Twitter