Firefight: Street Fight Between Ukrainian Forces and Russian SOF in Kharkiv

Firefight on a street in Kharkiv, Ukraine involving Ukrainian forces and the Russian SOF (Special Operations Forces) with destroyed, smoking Russian vehicles visible in the videos.

The second video (middle video) is purported to show the very beginning of the firefight.


Kharkiv (edited from Wikipedia) …

Kharkiv, also known as Kharkov, is the second-largest city and municipality in Ukraine. Located in northeast Ukraine near the border with Russia, Kharkiv is the largest city of the historic Slobozhanshchyna region. Kharkiv is the administrative center of Kharkiv Oblast and of the surrounding Kharkiv Raion. The latest population is 1,433,886 (2021 est.).

Kharkiv was founded in 1654 as Kharkiv fortress, and after these humble beginnings, it grew to be a major center of industry, trade and Ukrainian culture in the Russian Empire. At the beginning of the 20th century, the city was predominantly Russian in population, but after the Soviet government’s policy of “Ukrainization” the city became populated mainly by Ukrainians, while a significant number of Russians remained in the city. Kharkiv was the first capital of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, from December 1919 to January 1934, after which the capital relocated to Kyiv.

Presently, Kharkiv is a major cultural, scientific, educational, transport and industrial centre of Ukraine, with numerous museums, theatres and libraries, including the Annunciation and Dormition Cathedrals, the Derzhprom building in Freedom Square, and the National University of Kharkiv. Kharkiv was a host city for UEFA Euro 2012 (European Football Championship).

Industry plays a significant role in Kharkiv’s economy, specialized primarily in machinery and electronics. There are hundreds of industrial facilities throughout the city, including the Morozov Design Bureau and the Malyshev Tank Factory (leaders in world tank production from the 1930s to the 1980s); Khartron (aerospace, nuclear power plants and automation electronics); Turboatom (turbines for hydro-, thermal- and nuclear-power plants); and Antonov (the multipurpose aircraft manufacturing plant).