Russian forces are being tracked by Ukraine's shadow army.

Date: 2022-08-30
Two young Ukrainian lads concealed themselves in bushes on the Dnipro River's banks, stalking Russian forces with a remote-controlled drone's camera. The resistance network known as "Rukh Oporu," which is tasked with pursuing Russian soldiers in southern Ukraine, includes Oleksiy and Mykola (not their actual names).
Before providing information to the Ukrainian armed forces, their responsibility is to acquire intelligence on Russian army movements and placements.
Before departing, they told a soldier that they had seen a number of trucks and newly strengthened Russian positions.
Currently, all they required was a big screen to thoroughly review today's film in order to identify prospective targets and communicate with the troops.
A large number of agents
Oleksiy used to run the family company, but after viewing pictures of Russian crimes in Bucha, a city south of Kiev, he made the decision to join the resistance network. Mykola has a prior career in tourism.
Oleksiy attempted to explain his ties with the regular army while comfortably ensconced in a neighbouring apartment where he could examine the most recent pictures.
We operate horizontally, he declared.Theoretically, I ought to have travelled to the army headquarters in Mykolaiv to show them, but doing it ourselves will be quicker.
The first significant city west of Kherson, which the Russians took early in the conflict, is Mykolaiv.
The most recent counteroffensive by Ukraine aims to retake it.
Thus, Mykolaiv has evolved into the southern Ukrainian resistance's focal point.
Oleksiy met Oleg, a prominent player in Rukh Oporu who is 50 years old, at a plain-looking building. Oleg is a senior figure in Rukh Oporu.
Oleg consented to provide some insight into the resistance network he oversaw, with his face concealed by a mask.
He described the "agents" working surreptitiously within Russian-occupied territory as "not one or two persons here."
"Thousands of individuals are occupied in various cells."
He said, "Almost majority of them are civilians, and their primary duty is to track Russian army movements.
- "Very effective"
He said that the continuing "counter-offensive partially depends on our data."
"We are aware of the locations of the major command centres, where they convene, where the weapons are delivered, and the major supply lines.
"Just this morning, I spoke with a man who claimed to have seen 100 automobiles massing in one location.
Oleg said, "This man, he's not frightened of anything." He fights because he understands his motivation.
Rukh Oporu's contribution was acknowledged by Roman Kostenko, a former soldier who is currently a deputy in the Ukrainian parliament.Kostenko, who is in charge of the defence committee, claimed that the resistance effort had been quite effective.
We utilise the data from drones and satellites, but we also require confirmation from humans as to where our targets are, he told AFP.
Ukraine has been bringing the battle into the territory under Russian control for a few weeks now.
Strikes have been made on Russian military facilities, and targeted deaths happen virtually every day.
On Monday, a former Ukrainian lawmaker who had cooperated with Kherson's recently established occupying regime was assassinated.

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