Russian Battalion Wiped Out In Failed River Crossing – UK
A Russian battalion lost almost all of its armoured vehicles in a failed attempt to cross a river near Severodonetsk in Eastern Ukraine, the UK says.
Images from the scene show dozens of burnt-out tanks after Ukrainian forces shelled pontoon bridges across the Siversky Donets in Luhansk region.
The UK’s Ministry of Defence says the incident reveals the pressure Russian commanders are under to make progress.
It is not clear how many soldiers were killed in the battle, but Moscow’s forces appear to be making gains elsewhere in the area.
UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss says Vladimir Putin is “humiliating himself on the world stage” and calls for tougher sanctions on Moscow.
Speaking at a G7 meeting, she says sanctions should not be eased until all Russian troops have left Ukraine.
Meanwhile, a Russian soldier is due to stand trial today for killing an unarmed Ukrainian civilian – the first alleged war crime case since the war began.
Source: BBC News