Russian soldiers ‘run and panic’ to leave liberated Ukrainian towns; Bodies scattered everywhere

According to a report, Russian army soldiers are now fleeing areas liberated by the Ukrainian military as its counter-offensive pushes further into the occupied Lugansk region.

The village of Torske in Donetsk Oblast served as one of the strongholds of the Russian army, with many soldiers occupying the homes of Ukrainian civilians living in the area. However, a fierce Ukrainian counter-offensive that began in late August forced them to flee in panic to neighboring Kreminna.

“It was terrible. there was no life Our neighbors have left and the Russian soldiers have taken over their homes,” Antonina, a pensioner living in newly liberated Torske, told Al Jazeera. “But as they left, they ran into the street and panicked.”

“We sat in our basement for three to four days just to survive,” adds Dima, a farmer who also lives in Torske. “There was so much shelling, and then they fled into the woods.”

According to Al Jazeera’s report, the retreating Russians left extensive destruction in their wake, with bomb craters and burned-out vehicles littering the streets of Torske. The Russian military uniforms were also seen hanging in abandoned houses. Aside from the bomb craters and wrecked military vehicles, the retreating Russian army also left the bodies of their comrades scattered across the city, two of whom were hanging from the sides of a wrecked school bus, the report said.

It was not specified when the Russian troops fled the city. Nor did it mention the number of Russian bodies found in the city after the retreat of Russian forces.

The report comes as the war in Ukraine enters its eighth month. In the first months of the war, Russia took over several Ukrainian regions, including Zaporizhia, Kherson, Kharkiv, Donetsk and Luhansk. However, Ukraine launched a counter-offensive in late August with the aim of recapturing and retaking occupied territories.

Since the start of the counteroffensive, the Ukrainian army has successfully recaptured a total of 2,434 square kilometers of land and liberated 96 settlements from Russian occupation, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in a daily address published on his Telegram channel on Saturday.

Since the invasion began in February, Russian forces have lost a total of 62,500 troops, 2,486 tanks, 5,133 armored fighting vehicles, 1,477 artillery systems and 3,890 vehicles, according to estimates by the Ukrainian Defense Ministry.

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