On September 7, the Russian Rybar channel on Telegram released never before seen footage of recent operations by the reconnaissance groups of the Main Directorate of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, commonly known by its previous abbreviation GRU, behind Ukrainian front lines.
The operations include a series of deadly ambushes against Kiev forces in the northeastern Ukrainian regions of Chernihiv and Sumy.
Video footage shows Russian reconnaissance groups targeting several military vehicles with assault rifles, rocket-propelled grenades and explosive devices. The dead bodies of several Ukrainian troops who were killed in the ambushes can be seen in the footage.
According to Ryabr, the aim of these ambushes was to collect intelligence. Russian reconnaissance groups seized encoded communication devices, maps and other documents during each ambush.
In one operation, a reconnaissance group blew up a bridge regularly used by Kiev forces to move military equipment. The exact location of the bridge is not known yet.
Rybar’s video provides a rare look at Russian reconnaissance and intelligence operations behind Ukrainian lines. The Russian military keeps such operations under tight wraps. The strict Ukrainian military censorship also prevents the publication of any information about such operations.
While the Russian military has been conducting operations deep into Ukraine since the start of the special operation, the extent of these operations will not likely be known before the conflict is over.