Ukrainian forces, whose US-made Bradley armored vehicles were damaged or destroyed in an attack on Russian positions last week, vowed on Sunday to resume fighting soon.
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A group of Ukrainian Bradley fighting vehicles backed by German-made Leopard tanks came under fire on Wednesday as the 47th Brigade launched an offensive southeast of Zaporizhia.
Footage of the ambush, provided by drones and broadcast on Russian propaganda channels, showed several vehicles being hit.
A group of Ukrainian soldiers taking a break outside the small town of Orekiv in the southern Zaporizhia region said they had lost most of their Bradleys.
Of the nine vehicles attached to the group’s mechanized infantry unit—not the only ones involved in the attack—six were destroyed, three damaged but repairable, and one unharmed.
The group said it was confident that Russian forces, who taunted the Ukrainians over their radios overnight, had been informed of the impending attack, suspecting an informant.
When asked about the success or lack thereof of the attack, a Ukrainian soldier noted that his battalion had recaptured a very small part of the territory.
Another Ukrainian soldier confirmed: “When our vehicles are fixed, we will be back.”
No casualty figures have been released, but a source told AFP the number was lower than initially expected, with soldiers even using damaged vehicles for protection.
“We still have this anger and no other choice but to succeed,” a soldier told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity.
On Saturday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky confirmed that “offensive and defensive countermeasures” were being carried out along the front line with Russia, but Kiev declined to provide details about its strategy.
The 47th Brigade is one of the newly created units, equipped with equipment provided by the West.
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