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POV of Ukrainian special forces inside an armored racing car as the Russians bomb them

One of the Ukrainian special forces units revealed what needs to be done to replenish the front-line troops under constant enemy shelling.

“Not today or tomorrow, of course, but it all depends on our reserves and supplies,” said Major General Vadym Skibitsky, deputy head of military intelligence.

The caption accompanying the video reads: “Maneuvering in difficult conditions under constant enemy artillery fire, (the Kraken Regiment is) responsible for personnel and fire support of the units at Chasiv Yar.”


The Kraken unit overcomes enemy bombardments while transporting its troops to the front at Chasiv Yar

The Kraken unit overcomes enemy bombardments while transporting its troops to the front at Chasiv Yar

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Business Insider could not independently verify the contents of the video, although Ukraine’s Defense Ministry confirmed it was taken in Chasiv Yar, a strategic town on high ground that has been relentlessly attacked by Russian forces in recent months.

According to the Washington Post, the Kraken regiment, which has become one of Ukraine’s best-known volunteer forces, was formed by veterans of the Azov Brigade on the day Russia invaded Ukraine. The Azov Unit became known around the world in 2022 thanks to its heroic position within the Azovstal steel complex in the port city of Mariupol.

Like the Azov fighters, whose name comes from the Sea of ​​Azov, the name and insignia of the regiment evoke the mythical sea monster, the Kraken, which resembles a giant squid.

Militarnyi reports that the vehicle in the video is a Turkish-made Cobra II.

The manufacturer, Otokar, describes the Cobra II as a “4×4 wheeled tactical armored vehicle.”

Its modular platform features superior technical and tactical characteristics, allowing the vehicle to easily maneuver in difficult terrain.

“COBRA II provides higher ballistic and mine protection, increased payload capacity and internal volume,” the description states.


The Kraken unit overcomes enemy mortar attacks while transporting reinforcements to the front line at Chasiv Yar

The Kraken unit overcomes enemy mortar attacks while transporting reinforcements to the front line at Chasiv Yar

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Chasiv Yar and its surrounding areas have become highly contested in recent weeks as Russia steps up its eastern offensive and launches a second front in the northern Kharkiv region.

The Institute for the Study of War, a Washington DC-based think tank, said in its latest update that Russian forces had “stepped up their efforts” to seize Chasiv Yar, seeking to “exploit the manner of Russian offensive operations in the north of Kharkiv Oblast and ongoing offensive operations throughout the country.” eastern Ukraine have generated increased pressure on Ukrainian forces theater-wide. »

In response to increased Russian attacks, Ukrainian forces transferred elements of a Ukrainian brigade defending the Chasiv Yar region to the Vovchansk region, which also came under increased fire, ISW reports.

As a result, “Russian forces likely intensified offensive operations near Chasiv Yar to quickly take advantage of weakened Ukrainian defenses.”

A breakthrough on the front line will likely take place at Chassiv Yar, “where Russian forces have the most immediate prospects of a significant operational advance.” The front west of Avdiivka, the town that fell to Russia in February, is also a possibility.

One of Ukraine’s top intelligence officials said earlier this month that Chasiv Yar was most likely at risk of falling to Russian forces.

In his evening speech on Saturday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky thanked the soldiers who managed to repel the Russian assault on Chasiv Yar.

“Our warriors destroyed more than twenty armored vehicles of the occupier. Well done guys!” he said.

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