Ukrainian special ops team carries out several successful raids on Russian territory – The Times

The Ukrainian special forces team conducts several successful raids on Russian territory
The newspaper received interviews with anonymous militants who took part in these operations and were known by their callsigns "Adonis" and "22".
It is unclear to The Times what the ultimate goals of Ukraine's military operations on Russian territory are, but evidence suggests acts of sabotage at Russian oil refineries, ammunition dumps and communications infrastructure are undermining Russia's offensive capabilities.
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The British newspaper mentions that the Shaman Battalion of Ukraine is involved in these operations and is going deeper into Russia. Shaman Battalion is known to be the name for the 10th Special Operations Division, normally tasked with conducting intelligence operations and assisting in short-term offensives.
The Shaman Battalion only accepts those soldiers who have completed advanced training, including diving, skydiving, and mountaineering. Excellent physical condition is a mandatory requirement for joining this military group.
At this stage of the war, the Shaman Battalion is focused on damaging Russian infrastructure used to invade Ukrainian territory. For this, the shaman fighters have carried out several raids on Russia that have not been publicly announced.
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The Shaman Battalion relies on helicopters to transport its fighters into Russian territory, using the tactic of flying as close to the ground as possible to avoid being noticed by Russian air defenses.
"Operations on enemy territory are the most interesting missions," the Shaman fighters told the Times. "We use explosives during them after we cross the front lines and the state line."
"Adonis" says Russians mostly do not believe that actually the Ukrainian army is behind these raids. "Most of the time, they just can't believe we paid them a visit," he says.
Both "Adonis" and "22" have been fighting Russia since 2014, when it invaded Crimea and Donbass. In order to be accepted into the special operations department, they went through a complicated training program.
But raids on Russian territory are not the only missions for the shaman fighters. Alongside these duties, they conduct training for newly recruited soldiers, focusing on tactical technologies.
In the early stages of the war, the Shaman Battalion took part in the Ukrainian Defense Operation in Hostel, which was one of the biggest battles of the Russian war against Ukraine when it still had plans to capture Kyiv, using paratrooper groups to defeat as many Russian troops land northern Ukraine as possible.
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After the Hostomel operation, Shaman was deployed to Moshchun, a village west of Kyiv which is an important geographical location and is close to the bridge over the Irpin River and the neighboring swamps. This route could have been used by the Russian army to invade Kyiv from the west, but the Russian advance was halted there over the course of several weeks.
As Russian troops began retreating from the outskirts of Kyiv, shaman fighters followed them to the Belarusian border, hitting their positions and hastening their retreat.

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