A Ukrainian goat has allegedly injured several Russian soldiers in the Zaporizhzhia region after accidentally triggering their tripwire and setting off a series of grenades.
According to Ukraine’s Chief Intelligence Directorate, the incident happened in the village of Kinski Rozdory.
A total of 40 Russian soldiers were reportedly stationed at a local hospital in Kinski Rozdory. The Russian army had installed a ‘circular defense’ by placing tripwires around the hospital’s perimeter.
However, a goat from a nearby farm is said to have escaped and paid a visit to the hospital.
Ukrainian reports say that the animal was frightened and moved chaotically around the area, accidentally clipping the tripwire, thereby setting off a series of explosions that allegedly injured several Russian soldiers.
Whether the goat itself survived the incident remains unknown.
Russia Take Efforts To Start Grain Shipment From Zaporizhzhia
The news comes as Russia continues to defend and undertake economic integration efforts in the occupied areas of Zaporizhzhia Oblast to make way for potential annexation into the Russian Federation, according to the latest reports from Ukraine.
According to the latest situation report by Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia Regional Military Administration, dated June 22, over the past 24 hours, Russia has fired around 42 shells with artillery and Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) at the Ukrainian positions along the line of contact.
Also, the Russian forces have been undertaking demining operations to enable the export of grain from the Berdiansk Commercial Port. The Zaporizhzhia Regional Military Administration noted the arrival of trains to Melitopol for grain transport to Russia.
Russia plans to use the Black Sea ports of Berdyansk and Mariupol to export grains out of Ukraine amid the global burgeoning food crisis that was kicked off by the Ukraine war. Millions of tons of grain are sitting in warehouses, and Ukrainian ports are unable to be exported due to the war, according to the head of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.
Okonjo-Iweala told BBC on June 8 that around 20 to 25 million tons of wheat are stuck in Ukraine because of the Russian blockade of Black Sea ports, and Russian and Ukrainian mines along the coast, while global grain prices continue to spiral upwards.
On June 21, the Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu said, “The demining of the Mariupol seaport has been completed. It is functioning normally and has received the first cargo ships. The seaports of Mariupol and Berdyansk are operating normally and are ready for grain shipment.”
Talks are underway between Russia and Turkey on a potential safe sea corridor in the Black Sea to export from Ukraine, according to the latest announcement from the defense ministries of both the countries on June 22.
These talks have also had a breakthrough, with a Turkish dry cargo vessel, the Azov Concord, safely leaving Mariupol, becoming the first foreign ship to leave the port since the onset of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24.
HIMARS Arrives In Ukraine
Meanwhile, the war continues in the eastern Donbas region of Ukraine, with Russia advancing toward the city of Lysychansk and engaging in street battles with Ukrainian forces in the town of Severodontetsk in Luhansk Oblast.
“The Russian army is massively shelling Lysychansk,” Sergiy Gaiday, governor of the Lugansk region, which includes both cities, wrote on Telegram.
“They are just destroying everything there… They destroyed buildings, and unfortunately, there are casualties.”
At the same time, Russia has also launched fresh rocket attacks on Kharkiv after withdrawing from the city in mid-May following the major counter-offensive by Ukrainian forces.
The recent rocket strikes have claimed the lives of at least 20 people between June 21-22, as per the latest estimates by Ukrainian authorities.
According to the Ukrainian Presidential adviser Oleksiy Arestovych, the latest attacks on Kharkiv are an attempt by Russia to divert the focus of Ukrainian forces from the key Donbas region, which is central to the Russian military campaign in Ukraine.
“The idea is to create one big problem to distract us and force us to divert troops,” Arestovych said in a video address. “I think there will be an escalation.”
The Russian military’s heavy use of long-range artillery and MLRS systems has long been a problem for Ukrainian forces because the Russian army has been operating them from positions beyond the reach of Ukrainian weapons.
However, that might change now with the first American-made HIMARS MLRS system arriving in Ukraine, which can significantly extend the effective engagement range of Ukrainian forces up to 70 kilometers.
The Minister of Defense of Ukraine Oleksiy Reznikov said in a tweet on June 23, “HIMARS has arrived in Ukraine. Thank you to my American colleague and friend, Defense Minister Lloyd Austin, for these powerful tools.”
HIMARS have arrived to Ukraine.
Thank you to my ?? colleague and friend @SecDef Lloyd J. Austin III for these powerful tools!
Summer will be hot for russian occupiers. And the last one for some of them. pic.twitter.com/BTmwadthpp
— Oleksii Reznikov (@oleksiireznikov) June 23, 2022
“Summer will be hot for Russian occupiers. And the last one for some of them,” Reznikov continued.