Ukraine: Russians surrender guns after being ‘captured’

Footage appears to show 14 battle-hardened Russian soldiers sitting on the ground after Ukrainian troops captured them on the Luhansk battlefield

Many of the soldiers were blindfolded and their hands tied

Footage of Russian soldiers allegedly surrendering their weapons after being captured by Ukrainian forces has been shared online.

The clip, posted on social media platform Telegram, reportedly shows a group of 14 defeated Russian soldiers.

They are believed to have been captured by the Ukrainian army during intense fighting in the country’s eastern region near the city of Sievierodonetsk, the Daily Express reports.

In the footage, the captured soldiers can be seen sitting on the ground by the side of the road.

Most are blindfolded and their hands tied, and some also appear to be injured.

The footage, which has not been independently verified, comes from a period when Luhansk continues to be heavily bombed by Russian forces.

Serhiy Gaidai, the governor of Luhansk, said Vladimir Putin is sending additional troops to the region to capture the city of Sievierodonetsk.

“Today, tomorrow or the day after tomorrow they will use whatever reserves they have because there are already so many of them that they have reached critical mass,” he said.

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Russians surrender weapons after Ukrainian troops captured them on the battlefield

Some of the soldiers appeared to be wounded

Ukrainian forces attempting to defend Sieverodonetsk suffered setbacks as Russian forces successfully pushed into the city’s outskirts.

Ukrainian MP Ivanna Klympush-Tsintzadze told Sky News the country is losing territory and risks being defeated in its battle to the east unless more arms arrive.

She added that Russia was 10-1 inferior to Ukraine in military resources.

The call for help comes as Moscow’s separatists claim to have taken Toshkivka, a town on the predominantly Ukrainian-held west bank of the Siverskyi Donets River, south of Sievierodonetsk.

Ukraine acknowledged Moscow was successful at Toshkivka and said the Russians were trying to gain a foothold there in a bid to break through into the wider Ukrainian-held pocket of the eastern Donbass region.

It also confirmed a Russian claim of capturing Metyolkine on the eastern outskirts of Sievierodonetsk.

Oleksander Stryuk, the mayor of Seyerodonetsk, said Russian forces controlled about two-thirds of the city, including most of the residential areas, and Moscow continued to throw forces at Ukrainians to try to take it over completely.

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