Watch: Polish Armor in Action as Ukrainian Commander Praises Allies

Images released by Ukraine military show a Polish howitzer in action against Russian troops as the commander-in-chief of the Ukrainian Armed Forces praises the country's allies for their military support.

The footage was obtained from the commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Valerii Zaluzhnyi, 48, on Friday, along with a statement saying: "We did not attack anyone. We protect our own. We are the first army of peace.

"Arms, ammunition, and equipment provided by partner countries help us protect peace in Ukraine and throughout Europe.

"The video shows the work of Polish self-propelled guns 'Krab.'"

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The Polish AHS Krab, a self-propelled tracked gun-howitzer in action. CinC AF of Ukraine/Zenger

The footage shows a Polish AHS Krab, a self-propelled tracked gun-howitzer in action. The video ends with an on-screen message saying: "The Armed Forces of Ukraine are sincerely grateful to the Polish people for the effective support and assistance. We feel your reliable shoulder to lean on!"

The information was also relayed by the General Staff and the Office of Strategic Communications (StratCom) of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

The Polish howitzer was originally designed by the Polish defense contractor Huta Stalowa Wola by combining a British AS-90M Braveheart turret with a South Korean K9 Thunder chassis. Later versions use French and German parts.

Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24 in what the Kremlin calls a "special military operation." Friday marks the 128th day of the invasion.

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that between February 24 and July 1, Russia had lost about 35,750 personnel, 1,577 tanks, 3,736 armored combat vehicles, 796 artillery units, 246 multiple launch rocket systems, 105 air defense systems, 217 warplanes, 186 helicopters, 645 drones, 143 cruise missiles, 15 warships, 2,610 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, and 61 units of special equipment.

Polish AHS Krab
Polish self-propelled artillery installations AHS "Krab" successfully operating on the front line in Ukraine, used by the Ukrainian Army. CinC AF of Ukraine/Zenger

A missile strike on Odesa killed 18 people, including two children, according to regional governor Maksym Marchenko, with more than 30 people hospitalized. Ukrainian Brigadier General Oleksii Hromov said that Russia is using inaccurate missiles from old Soviet stockpiles in over half of its strikes on the country.

Ukraine's top brass has said that they have forced the Russians to abandon Snake Island and have derided Kremlin officials for claiming that they left as a "gesture of goodwill." Ukraine's military added that the Russians had fled the island in speedboats after being hit by a barrage of missile strikes and artillery.

The situation in the eastern Ukrainian city of Lysychansk has been described as "extremely difficult," with Russian shelling making it impossible for civilians to evacuate.

U.K. Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said that pushing Russian forces out of Ukraine completely was a "realistic" ambition and justification for providing additional weapons.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that a new "iron curtain" is appearing between Russia and the West.

Russia accused Norway of disrupting critical supplies from being delivered to Svalbard on Wednesday, threatening to retaliate. But Norway said that it was not blocking access to the archipelago in the Arctic, stating that it was only applying international sanctions and that the Russians had other ways of getting there.

This story was provided to Newsweek by Zenger News.