Ukrainian troops are using fast and furious tactics in their ongoing “surprise” offensive in Kharkiv Oblast, as can be seen in several videos circulating online.
Two videos posted on social networks on Sept. 8 show footage from body cameras of Ukrainian soldiers, one from the viewpoint of a machine gunner, and the other from the driver of a vehicle, as they storm a Russian-occupied village in Kharkiv Oblast.
Judging by the footage, the tactics of the Ukrainian military were aimed at rapidly breaking through Russian lines with suppressive fire aimed directly at enemy positions, followed by the dismounting of infantry and the swift capture of the settlement.
According to comments on the video, both Ukrainian military and fighters from the International Legion took part in the offensive of the village using U.S. M1151A1 armored vehicles, known as Humvees.
Meanwhile, the counter-offensive of the Ukrainian army on the southern part of the front continues.
The Ukrainian army has kept the strategic Antonivskyi Bridge and other crossings across the Dnipro River in Kherson Oblast under sustained fire, thereby preventing Russian troops from restoring critical supply routes.
As Ukrainian troops block the deployment of Russian units, the capabilities of the Russian Armed Forces in the region are being severely diminished, military experts say.
In addition to Kherson Oblast, an active counter-offensive kicked off in Kharkiv Oblast on Sept. 6.
And while the Ukrainian military’s General Staff has refrained from commenting on updates regarding the liberation of Kherson, earlier reports emerged about the liberation of a number of settlements, including Vysokopillia. Its strategic position next to road and rail links makes it a key objective for Ukraine’s liberation operation.
In addition, a Russian invaders’ group in Balakliya in Kharkiv Oblast found itself encircled, which, in the case of the capture of Kupiansk, opens the way to cut off Russian-occupied Izyum from the main Russian forces.
Additionally, Ukrainian partisans continue to eliminate pro-Kremlin collaborators who have voluntarily agreed to work for the invading Russian forces in Kherson Oblast.
Due to Ukraine’s ongoing success in liberating the region, the occupying authorities decided against holding a sham referendum on “joining” the Ukrainian territories under occupation to Russia.