A video reportedly shot from a Ukrainian tank and uploaded onto Twitter was geolocated to Kupiansk on the east bank of the Oskil River.
It showed the smashed-up and destroyed city. On the left of the video footage lie the wrecks of two smouldering and seemingly abandoned Russian tanks, one painted with the letter Z which has become a Russian pro-war symbol.
Another video of a Ukrainian soldier celebrating the destruction of a Russian armoured personnel carrier has also been geolocated to the east bank of the Oskil River. “All will soon be Ukraine,” the soldier says in the video. Russian forces have taken huge losses since the Kremlin ordered the invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24.
The Pentagon has estimated that the Russian army has sustained at least 75,000 dead or injured, far greater than the Soviet Union’s losses in a decade of fighting in Afghanistan in the 1980s.
Analysts have said the Russian army’s rout from the Ukrainian offensive showed that it was exhausted, suffering from a breakdown around its command and control structures and that morale was poor.
And there is evidence from messages on the Telegram social media app that Russian soldiers are finding it hard to sustain their defence against Ukrainian attacks.
In one conversation leaked onto the Telegram social media app and reported by the BBC, one Russian officer apparently explained to a friend back home that he had lost two more sniper units and that losses were becoming unsustainable.
“You have no idea how tiring it is to say hello to someone in the morning and then have to identify his remains later that day,” he said, according to the Telegram post.