Ukrainian armed forces unit at the forefront of the recent fighting to liberate the village of Andriivka has released drone footage of what it claims is Russian artillery firing on its own troops as they try and surrender.

The 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 Moscow’s soldiers surrender and are made to lie on the floor as they’re secured. Then what appears to be an artillery round explodes right on top of troops from both sides.

As the smoke clears it becomes clear the Ukrainian troops have been incredibly lucky – all survived.

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As for the Russian troops, according to the 3rd Separate Assault Infantry Brigade commentary on the Telegram post “one is captured in pieces, two are lucky and are taken out to live.”

It adds: “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, realizing that the village is lost and his soldiers are surrendering en masse, orders to open fire on their own.’

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A Ukrainian officer said the situation in the Kharkiv sector remains difficult, though he added there have been no significant changes in frontline positions.

“The shell arrives. There is silence at the command post, everyone is gray. The smoke clears – all our targets, one is captured in pieces, two are lucky and are taken out to live. Luck plays a role in war. The most important shots of the operation are ahead.

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

Ukraine's 3rd Separate Assault Brigade fighting on the ground said it had led a "lightning operation" and "practically liquidated the whole of (Russia's) 72nd infantry brigade."

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Later on Friday, it was reported Kyiv’s troops had pushed all Russian forces out of Klishchiivka, a tactically important town south of Bakhmut,

Although not officially confirmed, it would mean a local Kyiv victory after a grinding two-month battle in the hotly contested sector.

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

Images published by the military information platform showed heavily armed infantry walking upright down a Klishchiivka street, against no opposition.

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