Russian forces waging Putin’s already failed war of conquest in Ukraine have suffered a fresh new rout at the hands of the plucky Ukrainian defenders.
It is an enormous one, as the latter managed to destroy a total of 58 Russian tanks and other vehicles, along with killing hundreds of invaders in a single river crossing ambush in the Donbass region.
Russian Fist in Donbass That Never Came
Launching a large-scale offensive in the Donbass region has been the main strategy of Putin’s commanders since early April, after the initial shock-and-awe invasion of Russians was defeated.
As per the latest update from the Ukrainian government, the nation’s defenders have also destroyed close to 7,000 units of Russian military equipment.
After its abject defeat in the battle for Kyiv at the end of March, the Russian command has been concentrating all of its remaining forces on a fist-like offensive in the Donbass region.
Moscow’s concentration attempt in Donbass, however, has been failing because of the notoriously inadequate Russian war logistics and the increasing efficiency of the Ukrainian defenders, who are holding their ground.
An entire Russian column of dozens of tanks, armored vehicles, and supply trucks was recently obliterated in another devastating defeat for Putin’s hordes.
— Arslon Xudosi 🇺🇦 (@Arslon_Xudosi) May 11, 2022
A tally of Russian losses from the infamous failed Russian Siverskyi Donets river crossing near Bilohorivka.
In total 73 Russian equipment were destroyed/abandoned, including a BTG worth of AFVs.
Great thanks to J.P. for counting and sending it to me.
— BlueSauron👁️ (@Blue_Sauron) May 12, 2022
Artillerymen of the 17th tank brigade of the #UAarmy have opened the holiday season for ruscists. Some bathed in the Siverskyi Donets River, and some were burned by the May sun. pic.twitter.com/QsRsXmnJ65
— Defence of Ukraine (@DefenceU) May 11, 2022
Russians attempted to cross Donets River, Ukraine launched ambush – inflicting heavy losses dozens destroyed tanks and infantry vehicles. Russians tried to disguise crossing with burning nearby fields – sound of boat engines putting bridge in place gave them away. #Ukrainewar pic.twitter.com/1uTnuqnR6f
— chris west (@cwest0583) May 12, 2022
Obliterating 58 Russian Vehicles in Single Ambush
The rout in which at least 58 Russian tanks and other hardware got destroyed occurred as the Russian troops tried to cross the Donets River using a pontoon bridged, but got ambushed and wiped out.
The Ukrainian Defense Ministry released drone and satellite footage, along with photos showing the aftermath of the rout.
Ukrainians managed to figure out the spot where the Russians tried to put up a pontoon bridge. They then called in massive artillery and drone strikes, blasting away the Russian troops and their hardware.
However, about 30-50 Russian vehicles with infantry survived on the Ukrainian-controlled side of the river, resulting in a follow-up battle in which they were wiped out as well.
In other latest developments from the front lines in the Donbass region, and north to the city Kharkiv, Ukraine is now managing to throw the Russians back across the border into Russia.
However, there were two cases of Putin’s most modern tanks – T-90M, which costs about $5 million per unit to produce – that were destroyed. In one case, it involved a Swedish anti-tank missile launcher costing $18,000 and a $700 shell.
Another spectacular sight just revealed is the blowing-up of a Russian tank outside the now almost fully conquered city of Mariupol on the Azov Sea.
This was captured on footage by a Chinese state TV reporter, and in which the tank turret was sent shooting up some 250 feet into the air.
#Ukraine: A Russian tank lost it's turret outside Mariupol on May 6th.
According to the original source (Chinese Phoenix Television), it was a T-72B3 & was taken out 6km from the “humanitarian corridor” in the city. Quite curious that area was still harassed by UA forces. pic.twitter.com/lLG0pVpxyd
— 🇺🇦 Ukraine Weapons Tracker (@UAWeapons) May 11, 2022
— Woofers (@NotWoofers) May 11, 2022
An absolute disastrous Russian attempt to cross the Seversky Donets river in Donetsk Oblast.
A defeat handed out by Ukraine’s 17th Separate Tank Brigade.
— BlueSauron👁️ (@Blue_Sauron) May 11, 2022
On the ambush of a Russian attempt to bridge a river in the east of Ukraine. This story illustrates exactly what the combination of years of military training and recent military hardware adds up to.
1,500 dead Russians and lots of destroyed equipment and advance defeated. https://t.co/KRf2nuacvF
— Paul Niland (@PaulNiland) May 12, 2022
These are the indicative estimates of Russia’s combat losses as of May 12, according to the Armed Forces of Ukraine. pic.twitter.com/USjOIzNcCU
— The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) May 12, 2022