Russian soldiers run for their lives as Ukrainian troops bomb occupied house.

Russian soldiers run for their lives as Ukrainian troops bomb a house they are based in.

The Command of the Special Operations Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said on 17th June: “The SSO of Ukraine sends a reminder that they do not tolerate rats in Ukrainian houses.”

The footage shows Russian soldiers fleeing from a house as it is bombed by the defending forces.

Russia invaded Ukraine on 24th February in what the Kremlin is calling a "special military operation" to "liberate the Donbass". Today marks the 117th day of the invasion.

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that between 24th February and 20th June, Russia had lost about 33,800 personnel, 1,477 tanks, 3,588 armoured combat vehicles, 749 artillery units, 235 multiple launch rocket systems, 98 air defence systems, 216 warplanes, 181 helicopters, 601 drones, 130 cruise missiles, 14 warships, 2,527 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, and 55 units of special equipment.

The new head of the British Army, Gen Sir Patrick Sanders, has told British forces that they need to be ready to face Russia on the battlefield and said the British Army now needs to be capable of defeating Russia.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has visited Ukraine's southern frontline as Ukrainian forces mount a counter attack in the region to push back Russian troops.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has said that the war in Ukraine could last years, adding that while the costs were high, the cost of allowing Russia to achieve its military goals would be even greater.

Washington told China last week that it risked ending up on the "wrong side of history" following Chinese President Xi Jinping's assurance to Russian President Vladimir Putin that Beijing supports Russian "sovereignty". Russia has now become China’s top oil supplier amid ongoing sanctions on Russia over the war in Ukraine.

Thousands of civilians remain trapped in the key eastern Ukrainian city of Sievierodonetsk, where the water supply is reported to be dwindling. Hundreds of civilians are taking shelter in the bunkers beneath the city's Azot chemical plant.

Luhansk Oblast governor Serhiy Haidai said all three bridges into Sievierodonetsk had been destroyed, making delivering supplies and evacuating civilians impossible.

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