Video shows a Ukrainian tank chasing Russian soldiers into artillery fire after they refused to surrender

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  • Footage shows Ukraine's 3rd Separate Assault Brigade launching a counter-offensive against Russia. 
  • The video was taken in May amid heavy fighting around besieged Bakhmut, now held by Russia. 
  • It showed the brigade sending a tank to chase Russian soldiers into a field, towards artillery fire.

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A video shows a Ukrainian tank chasing Russian soldiers into artillery fire after they refused to surrender.

The footage was taken by the Ukrainian military in May but only released in late July. It was recorded near Bakhmut, the besieged city which that month fell to a monthlong grinding Russian advance.

It follows Ukraine's 3rd Separate Assault Brigade as they launch a counter-offensive against Russian troops. The subtitled video is around 27 minutes long, and contains some blood and a lot of profane language, mostly in Ukrainian with subtitles.

The incident with the soldiers who refuse to surrender is near the end of the footage.

In the video, a Ukrainian officer in a remote command center orders a tank towards a group of Russian soldiers that appear to not want to give up fighting, even after the Ukrainians encouraged them to give in.

It then cuts to an aerial shot of a tank speeding through a thickly wooded area toward a group of Russian soldiers who start running into an open field.

The military commanders, watching from afar, start to laugh and point at the soldiers who are running through the field, with some artillery fire landing close by. At one point, a Russian soldier appears to surrender, walking with his hands up.

Insider was unable to independently verify the video. It is unclear what happened to the Russian soldiers.

The video description uploaded by the brigade said that the operation depicted allowed the Ukrainians to advance over a 3-kilometer area and capture multiple prisoners of war.

In the weeks that passed since the video was recorded, Ukraine has made efforts to retake Bakhmut.

The 3rd Separate Assault Brigade saw action there in early July, according to Washington DC-based think tank the Institute of the Study of War (ISW), and was able to advance.

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