An armored assault by Moscow’s forces in Kupyansk descended into chaos last week due to a mix of fierce Ukrainian resistance and what appears to be mass Russian confusion.

Drone footage of the attack on the village of Synkivka begins with a large column of Russian armored vehicles winding its way through a snowy landscape.

As artillery shells begin to fall nearby, a mine-clearing vehicle at the front of the column makes a hasty retreat leaving the others to make their way into the village.

When they arrive at a building, the vehicles bunch together and Russian troops dismount and the chaos begins.

A Ukrainian drone takes advantage of the closely-packed Russians, dropping bombs among them before flying away.

As the armored vehicles move back, one unfortunate soldier tries to dismount but snags something and is dragged along the road. Eventually he is released, shakes himself off and takes cover in a nearby building only to come under withering machinegun fire.


Further up the road, three other vehicles stop and some of the crew can be seen swiftly retreating on foot.

Meanwhile back at the building near their drop off point, Russian soldiers come within metres of defending Ukrainian troops.

The video stops shortly after a grenade goes off among them.

While the exact date of the footage is now known, the Institute for the Study of War in its latest report said Russian forces had in recent days made “marginal gains” in the north of Synkivka and “continued positional engagements” near the village.

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The Ukrainian Armed Forces chief assured that corrective measures have been taken on the ground, including allocating additional ammunition resources and necessary reserves.

Last week Col.-Gen. Oleksandr Syrsky, commander of the Armed Forces Ukraine’s (AFU) ground forces, reported via his Telegram that the fiercest battles are ongoing in the Kupyansk, Lyman, and Bakhmut sectors.

Syrsky is the general credited for Ukraine’s stunning counteroffensive last year, which had brought the northeastern Ukrainian towns Kupyansk and Lyman back under AFU control.

According to the commander, the Russians are concentrating their main efforts around Bakhmut and are using the most combat-capable units of the landing forces, the marines, and the “Storm Z” and “Storm V” units formed of convicts to conduct assault operations.


Russia’s goal in this direction is an offensive on the settlement of Chasiv Yar, then on Kostyantynivka, Druzhkivka, Slovyansk, Kramatorsk, with further access to the borders of the Donetsk region.

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As long as the west provide the means, then there is 0% chance of Russia winning this war. Put the money in now for a huge all out assault next summer and make this war untenable for Russia for once and for all.
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No ceasefire until Russia has learnt its lesson and fully withdrawn from all Ukrainian territory. No lifting of any sanction until full restitution has been made for Ukraine's losses and the cost to its allies supporting Ukraine has been recouped. No peace deal with lying thugs like putin at Russia's helm. Most definitely, all currently frozen russian assets should be redeployed for Ukraine's immediate use in its defence. The next russian government post putin's thug regime, can decide whether it wants to compensate those Russians whose assets were confiscated due to their nations' criminal invasion. Its' retribution time putin supporters.
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When russia say they are mobilising 400k "soldiers" they neglect to mention how many have 4 limbs and how many have any combat experience, any weapons or equipment.

At the people they deploy become less capable, these farcical attacks become more the norm.
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It has been reported that Putin privately wants to find some way out of the war that he created. This is very strange behaviour for someone who some in the West say is winning the war.

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@Imokru2, Him saying that is probably just because he wants the West to waver even more in how much we should support Ukraine. I really don't hope that anyone falls for his shit. The guy is not stupid.
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I don't believe anything coming out of russia. Do so at your own peril. putin cares about putin. Even in a real election the head of state during wartime is rarely removed by voters...So the war will continue until Ukraine gets the tools necessary to kick his bony ass back to moscow where it belongs. Geroyam Slava!!