Ukraine blew up 83 of Russia’s BTR-82A armored vehicles in Krynky like tin cans

A destroyed Russian armored personnel carrier is seen in the village of Khreschenivka, Ukraine, on October 7, 2023. Ukrainian forces have destroyed several Russian BTR-82A APCs in the annexed southern Kherson region of the country, new footage appears to show. Dimitar DILKOFF/AFP via Getty Images

Ukrainian forces have destroyed several Russian armored personnel carriers (APCs) in the annexed southern Kherson region of the war-torn country, new footage appears to show.

A new clip circulating online has captured a snippet of combat footage appearing to show Ukrainian forces targeting a number of Russian APCs close to the village of Krynky, on the east bank of the Dnieper River in Russian-held territory.

The ISW said that Russia lost 83 BTR-82A in the village near Krynky. The BTR-82A is fitted with kevlar mesh inside the hull that can protect the crew against small arms fire, but cannot protect the crew from explosive charges such as grenades, rockets, and top-attack guided munitions.

In a longer video posted on Sunday by Robert Brovdi, a Ukrainian soldier who heads up the Magyar Birds aerial reconnaissance unit, named after his call sign, “Magyar,” what looks to be more Russian vehicles are targeted by Ukrainian first-person view drones.

Hotspots of fighting in the months since Kyiv launched its counteroffensive in June have been largely concentrated in the eastern Donetsk and southern Zaporizhzhia regions. Russia formally annexed Donetsk, Zaporizhzhia, Luhansk, and Kherson in September 2022, but it does not fully control these regions of southern and eastern Ukraine.

In recent days, attention has increasingly turned to Kherson. Ukraine is “maintaining positions” in the village of Krynky, around 18 miles northeast of Kherson City and just over a mile from the Dnieper River, the U.S.-based Institute for the Study of War think said on Saturday. Kyiv’s forces have been carrying out operations on the east, or left, bank of the Dnieper in recent days, the ISW added.

The Dnieper River broadly marks the current front lines in southern Ukraine. Russia controls territory to the east of the river, retreating to positions east of the Dnieper in November 2022 after Ukraine’s first counteroffensive pushed back the front lines.

“Not a single unit of military equipment or weapons have been left on the right (western) bank,” Russia’s Defense Ministry said in mid-November last year. “All Russian servicemen crossed to the left bank,” it added at the time.

Ukraine is thought to have carried out some raids on the East Bank, looking to establish a more secure foothold in Russian-controlled villages in the area.

Ukrainian forces are “constantly working on landing marines and others” on the left bank, Oleksandr Tolokonnikov, a spokesperson for Ukraine’s Kherson military administration, told The New York Times earlier in October.

Russian military bloggers have also claimed Ukraine has established bridgeheads on the eastern bank, the ISW said on Sunday.

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