KEY POINTS

  • The SSU in a report said it destroyed two personnel carriers and three Ural trucks
  • It did not specify whether any Russian soldiers were killed in the attack
  • The SSU also said that it successfully destroyed two Russian SU-25 fighter jets last week

The Armed Forces of Ukraine has successfully destroyed several Russian war equipment as the war stretches into its sixth month, Ukrainian authorities said.

The Security Service of Ukraine (SSU) in a report said that its Special Operations Center used attack drones to bomb war equipment that the Russian army attempted to hide in the bushes. Among the equipment destroyed in the attack were two armored personnel carriers, three Ural trucks and Russian artillery.

It is unclear when and where the attack occurred. The SSU also did not specify whether any Russian soldiers died in the attack.

Last week, the SSU said it destroyed two Russian SU-25s, also known as Frogfoot in the West. The SU-25 is a single-seat, twin-engine fighter jet developed by the Soviet Union in the 1970s.

The recent attack comes as the Ukrainian military steps up efforts to retake places in the south temporarily occupied by the Russians, including the regions of Kherson and part of Zaporizhzhia.

In some places in Kherson, the Russian forces reportedly retreated and fled the battlefield as Ukraine’s armed forces continue to advance.

"According to residents of various districts across the region, the occupiers are very scared. They go to the houses of locals and change into civilian clothes to escape from the battlefield," Dmytro Butriy, the head of the Ukrainian regional administration, was quoted as saying by The New Voice of Ukraine.

According to the report, the Ukrainian military has killed scores of Russian soldiers and destroyed Russian ammunition dumps in the Kherson region. Additionally, Ukrainian forces have also successfully destroyed key bridges that connect the Russian army in Kherson to its supplies in the Crimean Peninsula and parts of Ukraine’s east.

"(We’ve) stuck bridges, vital to the enemy’s war effort," Natalia Humeniuk, a spokesperson of the Ukrainian military, said. "The enemy is enraged by Ukrainian successes there; supply lines are getting cut, prompting logistical problems."

As of Monday, over 41,030 Russian soldiers had been killed in the war in Ukraine, according to estimates from the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine. It is unclear how many losses the Ukrainian military has suffered. In early June, Ukrainian officials said they lose between 100 and 200 soldiers in combat every day, with another 500 injured a day.

A view shows a destroyed building, as Russia's attack on Ukraine continues, following shelling in Mykolaiv, Ukraine, in this handout picture released on July 31, 2022. Press service of the Mykolaiv Regional Prosecutor's Office/Handout via REUTERS
A view shows a destroyed building, as Russia's attack on Ukraine continues, following shelling in Mykolaiv, Ukraine, in this handout picture released on July 31, 2022. Press service of the Mykolaiv Regional Prosecutor's Office/Handout via REUTERS Reuters / PRESS SERVICE OF THE MYKOLAIV RE
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