Watch: Ukrainian Forces Destroy Russian Unit Hiding Among Trees

Images released by Ukrainian military officials reportedly show the moment Ukrainian forces located and destroyed a Russian self-propelled artillery unit hiding among some trees.

The footage, which appears to have been sped up, begins with an explosion occurring in what appears to be a small village, with the camera then apparently searching for a target. It soon identifies an enemy vehicle, which has been described as a self-propelled artillery unit.

With artillery shells landing near it, Ukrainian forces then appear to open fire. Eventually, one of them appears to score a direct hit, blowing the enemy unit to smithereens.

40th Separate Artillery Brigade hits Russia artillery
Ukraine's Strategic Communications Department said footage shows "the 40th Separate Artillery Brigade named after the Grand Duke destroying the occupiers' self-propelled artillery." @40OAbrigade/Zenger

It is unclear where exactly in Ukraine the images were filmed, but the footage was obtained Wednesday from the 40th Separate Artillery Brigade, officially the "40th Separate Artillery Brigade named after Grand Duke Vytautas," and the Strategic Communications Department of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

The 40th Separate Artillery Brigade is usually based in Pervomaisk, a city in the Mykolaiv Oblast region of southern Ukraine.

The Strategic Communications Department (StratCom) said the footage shows "the 40th Separate Artillery Brigade named after the Grand Duke destroying the occupiers' self-propelled artillery."

Self-propelled artillery units are typically mobile military vehicles that look like tanks but have much longer guns. They often have caterpillar tracks but usually take part in long-range bombardment support operations when on the battlefield.

Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24 in what the Kremlin calls a "special military operation." Wednesday marks the 119th day of the invasion.

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that between February 24 and June 22, Russia had lost about 34,230 personnel, 1,496 tanks, 3,614 armored combat vehicles, 752 artillery units, 239 multiple launch rocket systems, 99 air defense systems, 216 warplanes, 182 helicopters, 614 drones, 137 cruise missiles, 14 warships, 2,543 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, and 60 units of special equipment.

The Ukrainian military said it has launched airstrikes on Zmiinyi Island, which is also known as Snake Island, causing "significant losses" to Russia's forces there in an operation it says is ongoing.

Russia conducted an anti-ship missile exercise this week in the Baltic Sea amid escalating tensions with NATO member Lithuania after the latter country blocked the transit of goods to the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad.

Russian Foreign Ministry press secretary Maria Zakharova said that Moscow's response to Lithuania banning the transit of goods, sanctioned by the EU, to Kaliningrad will not only be diplomatic but also practical.

Ukrainian forces have said that they have been successfully thwarting fresh Russian attempts to advance in the Kharkiv region of northeastern Ukraine, but Russian forces have captured several settlements near Lysychansk and Severodonetsk, with 568 civilians believed to still be sheltering in Severodonetsk's Azot chemical plant.

Iryna Vereshchuk, Ukraine's deputy prime minister and minister for Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories, has urged locals in the Kherson region to evacuate, to help Ukrainian forces "de-occupy" the area.

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

Zelensky said that a "historic week" has begun as Kyiv awaits a decision from Brussels regarding its EU candidate status, with the EU expected to approve the application by the end of the week.

This comes after the European Parliament adopted a resolution on June 8, recommending that the European Union grant Ukraine the status of candidate country for EU membership. Some 438 Members of the European Parliament voted in favor of the resolution, with 65 voting against and 94 abstaining.

Zelensky, speaking to the African Union on Monday also accused Russia of holding Africa "hostage" over grain and fertilizer shortages.

This story was provided to Newsweek by Zenger News.

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