Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense has shared shocking footage of hundreds of artillery rounds being fired off in rapid succession — as Russian troops were forced to withdraw from the strategic Ukrainian city of Kherson in the southeast.
“For every meter of our land — fire!” the ministry wrote alongside the video posted on Twitter late Thursday.
The video showed the artillery rounds creating dozens of fireballs as they were being fired off — quickly turning the sky into a haze of smoke.
It wasn’t immediately clear when — or exactly where — the footage was shot.
The ministry posted the seemingly boastful video as it emerged that Russian troops had retreated across the western bank of the Dnipro River, which divides Ukraine’s southern Kherson region.
While Russia’s defense ministry said Friday it had completed the pullout without losing one of its 30,000 soldiers, Ukrainians painted a picture of a chaotic retreat that saw Russian troops ditching their uniforms or drowning in efforts to escape.
Ukraine’s defense intelligence agency announced Friday that Ukrainian units were entering Kherson — and warned any Russian soldiers still there to surrender.
The agency said Kherson was coming back under Ukrainian control after being occupied since March and threatened to “destroy” any Russian soldiers who resisted.
“You have only one chance to avoid death – immediately surrender,” the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Defense Ministry said in a statement on the Telegram messaging app.
The statement also guaranteed the safety of any Russian soldiers who surrendered.
Russia’s retreat from Kherson marks yet another huge setback for Russia in its nearly nine-month war in Ukraine.
Recapturing the city could potentially provide Ukraine with a strong position from which to expand its southern counteroffensive to other Russian-occupied areas, including Crimea, which Moscow seized in 2014.
With Post wires