DRAMATIC footage shows the moment a column of Russian tanks is destroyed by a Ukrainian ambush near Kyiv.
The attack has claimed the life of yet another senior Russian commander as Vladimir Putin’s forces press on the capital city of Ukraine.
Video taken from a Ukrainian drone shows the tanks bombarded with artillery in the devastating ambush and forced to turn back, near Brovary.
Moscow’s forces have continued making rapid advances towards the Brovary, a large eastern suburb of Kyiv.
An intercepted radio conversation appears to reveal the column took heavy losses with the regimental commander killed.
It was reported the dead officer was Colonel Andrei Zakharov, commander of a tank regiment, who was awarded the Order of Courage from Vladimir Putin himself in 2016.
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His death adds to the toll of Russian commanders killed during the invasion of Ukraine, which includes nine generals.
Earlier this week, Major General Vitaly Gerasimov was killed in fighting outside Ukraine’s second city Kharkiv.
Other footage taken from the scene of the ambush, shows burning Russian vehicles on the road.
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Fighting has intensified in the Brovary area, with Ukrainian forces trying to repel the Russian tank.
“They shoot to scare people and force them to stay at home, steal what they can to get supplies and settle among the inhabitants, so that the Ukrainian forces do not bomb them,” said Volodymyr, a 41-year-old resident of Velyka Dymerka, nine miles from Brovary.
Overnight, the Ukrainian General Staff said Russian forces were continuing their “offensive operation” to encircle Kyiv, while pressing attacks on a string of other cities across the country.
Vadym Denysenko, adviser to the interior ministry, said Ukrainian forces had managed to stop the attack in Irpin and were counter-attacking on Thursday morning with battles now underway.
“The night was quite difficult, but in general we can say that the Ukrainian army counterattacked near Kyiv,” he said.
Analysts at the Institute for the Study of War said the Russian mission to assault the Ukrainian capital is now underway.
Meanwhile, in Mariupol in the south of Ukraine, pictures show corpses being put in body bags and dumped in mass graves following heavy shelling.
Workers can be seen digging a 25 yard trench at one of the old cemeteries in the besieged port city, making the sign of the cross as they push the dead bodies into the pit.
It comes after Russia shelled a maternity hospital in Mariupol, killing three, including a six-year-old girl.
A further 17 people were injured, including heavily-pregnant women.