The Russian Army lost almost an entire battalion trying to cross a river in eastern Ukraine. In the last 24 hours, much of a battalion of Russian troopswhich was made up of about 50 tank and 1000 soldiers, tried to cross the Siverskyi Donets River – which runs from west to east between the breakaway provinces of Donetsk and Luhansk – but failed under a Ukrainian artillery attack.
Nearly three dozen armored vehicles and two Russian boats were destroyed by the 17th Tank Brigade of the Ukrainian Army, noted CNN. It was not yet confirmed how many Russian soldiers were killed or wounded during the clash.
This defeat seems to be one more example of the problems faced by the Kremlin’s armed forces to strengthen their presence in that region of Ukraine. “We still consider the Russian ground force in Donbass to be slow and uneven,” a US Defense Department source quoted by Forbes.
According to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Russian troops aimed to attack Lyman, a city of 20,000 inhabitants that is 27 kilometers west of the scene of the confrontation. After the attack, they maintain positions on the right bank of the river, although their ability to operate was seriously diminished after losing three quarters of their vehicles.