A Ukrainian Armed Forces unit at the forefront of recent fighting to liberate the village of Andriivka has released drone footage that purportedly shows Russian artillery fire on its own troops attempting to surrender.

Video posted on Telegram by the 3rd Separate Assault Infantry Brigade shows Ukrainian troops still under fire as they clear Russian positions in the now-destroyed village near Bakhmut.

Three of the Moscow soldiers surrender and are laid on the ground for safety. Then what looks like an artillery shell explodes directly above the troops on both sides.

As the smoke clears, it becomes clear that the Ukrainian troops were incredibly lucky – everyone survived.

As for the Russian troops, the 3rd Separate Assault Infantry Brigade’s comment on the Telegram post said: “One is blown to pieces, two are lucky and come out alive.”

It continues: “Just a fantastic story that happened during the storming of Andriivka.

“Assault Group 2 of the Mechanized Battalion takes another group of prisoners. At the same time, the enemy realizes that the village is lost and his soldiers are surrendering en masse, and orders to open fire “himself.”

“The grenade is coming. There is silence at the command post, everyone is gray. The smoke clears – all our targets, one is blown to pieces, two are lucky and come to life. Luck plays a role in war. The most important images of the operation are in front of us.”

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Ukraine announced on Friday the liberation of the village of Andriivka near the Russian-controlled city of Bakhmut.

Ukraine’s 3rd Separate Assault Brigade, fighting on the ground, said it led a “blitz operation” and “virtually liquidated the entire (Russia’s) 72nd Infantry Brigade.”

Later on Friday, it was reported that Kiev’s troops had driven out all Russian forces from Klishchyivka, a tactically important town south of Bakhmut.

Although not officially confirmed, it would mark a local Kiev victory after a tough two-month battle in the hotly contested sector.

Fighters from the Belarusian Kalinovsky Volunteer Regiment cleared the village, which had a pre-war population of 550, Realna Viina reported, but there was no official confirmation.

Images published by the military information platform showed heavily armed infantrymen walking upright and without resistance along a Klishchyivka street.

Source : www.kyivpost.com

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