These images purport to show Russian mobilised troops training to use assault rifles, rocket launchers and drone bombs.
The images were obtained from the Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) on Wednesday, 23rd November, along with a statement claiming: “Fuel and lubricants service units, consisting of volunteers and military personnel called up from the reserve as part of partial mobilisation, undergo combat coordination in the rear area of Northern Military District.”
The Russian MoD also claimed: “At one of the training grounds of the Western Military District, located in the rear area of the special military operation, military personnel called up from the reserve as part of partial mobilisation and volunteers continue to undergo phased combat training every day.
“Special, fire and tactical training – every day for several hours.
“In order to quickly adapt military personnel to a combat situation, all training sessions at the training ground are conducted under the guidance of experienced instructors who share their rich combat experience gained during a special military operation.
“At the training ground, mobilised and volunteers work out scenarios for a real battle.”
We have not been able to independently verify the claims or the footage.
Russia invaded Ukraine on 24th February in what the Kremlin is still calling a “special military operation”. Today marks the 273rd day of the war.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that between 24th February and 23rd November, Russia had lost about 85,410 personnel, 2,897 tanks, 5,832 armoured combat vehicles, 1,887 artillery units, 395 multiple launch rocket systems, 209 air defence systems, 278 warplanes, 261 helicopters, 1,537 drones, 480 cruise missiles, 16 warships, 4,396 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, and 161 units of special equipment.
Russia has claimed that its casualties have been much lower but provides infrequent updates on its latest figures.
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Zelensky said that thousands of these centres across the country will offer electricity, water, heating, Internet services, and pharmacies, free of charge and around the clock.
President Zelensky said: “If massive Russian strikes happen again and it’s clear power will not be restored for hours, the ‘invincibility centres’ will go into action with all key services.”
Sergey Kovalenko, the head of YASNO, a major private energy provider for the Ukrainian capital Kyiv, has said that blackouts in the country are likely to carry on until at least the end of March.
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The Russian governor of Crimea has said that two Ukrainian drone attacks were repelled on Tuesday thanks to air defence systems.