Nine Russian attempts to cross river in Donbas thwarted by Ukrainian paratroopers

14 May, 05:22 PM
Paratroopers destroyed at least 73 units of equipment (Photo:80th Air Assault Brigade of the Armed Forces / Facebook)

Paratroopers destroyed at least 73 units of equipment (Photo:80th Air Assault Brigade of the Armed Forces / Facebook)

For the ninth time, Ukrainian paratroopers have defeated Russian soldiers trying to build a pontoon bridge across a river in eastern Ukraine, the press service of the 80th Separate Assault Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported in a Facebook post on May 13.

"When the enemy tried to construct a pontoon crossing and conduct a forced crossing of the river on the eastern axis, the artillery of 80th Separate Air Assault Brigade once again dealt a heavy blow to the enemy, destroying pontoons and thwarting nine attempts to cross," the statement reads. 

Reportedly, the paratroopers destroyed at least 73 units of equipment, including: 

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●       T-72 tanks;

●       infantry fighting vehicle;

●       airborne combat vehicle;

●       armored personnel carriers;

●       trucks;

●       other special equipment. 

"By ruining the enemy's plan to cross the river for a further offensive, the paratroopers destroyed an entire battalion-tactical group of invaders," the press center added. 

Russia is attempting to ford the Siverskyi Donets river in order to push their assault further into Ukrainian territory in Donbas.

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