Russia lost 73 tanks in the river battle at Donbas

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The Ukrainian military has claimed to have destroyed at least 73 Russian tanks and other equipment during a battle on the Donbas River.

Footage released by Ukrainian forces appears to show several burnt-out military vehicles and segments of a partially submerged bridge after the clash over the Siversky Donets River in Bilohorivka.

The UK Ministry of Defense said Russia lost important elements of the armored maneuver, of at least one tactical battalion group in the attack.

A tactical group of the Russian battalion consists of about 1000 troops.

"Crossing rivers in a disputed environment is a very dangerous maneuver and speaks to the pressure on Russian commanders to make progress in their operations in eastern Ukraine," the ministry said in an intelligence update.21Media