According to the Ukrainian defense officials, The legendary and “elite” Russian 4th Guards Tank Division, famous in Russian military annals for helping to liberate Poland from Nazi occupation in World War II, has suffered a galling defeat at the hands of the Ukrainian forces, specifically from Ukraine’s 93rd Mechanized Brigade, known as the “Kholodhny Yar,” during the battle of Trostyanets in Sumy some 220 miles from Kyiv and just 15 miles from the Russian border.

The town of Trostyanets had been in the Russian forces’ control in the early onset of the invasion and kept control of the area for 25 days till reports of morale issues among the Russian troops had reached the media. It can be hypothesized that the 4th Guards Tank Division had fallen ill with the lack of food and supplies. This leaves them vulnerable to a counterattack from the Ukrainian forces, which are armed with various anti-tank and anti-armor missiles from its Western allies, such as the Javelin, NLAWs, some Panzerfaust 3s, and their very own ATGM system, the Stugna-P.

The news of the defeat came from the Facebook page of Ukraine’s Kholodhny Yar, the 93rd Mechanized Brigade, where they stated that they had liberated the city of Trostyanets, providing photographic evidence of their victory.