These images show Ukrainian forces destroying a Russian infantry fighting vehicle and causing its crew to flee for their lives before one of the soldiers appears to abandon his injured comrade to his fate.
The footage begins by showing the Russian infantry fighting vehicle driving along a road at speed before it can be seen being hit by Ukrainian ordnance.
The images then appear to show it burning profusely.
Two Russian soldiers can be seen fleeing, running back down the road where they came from and hiding among some trees before that area is hit as well and they continue to flee on foot.
They appear to continue to be targeted, with one of the soldiers then apparently hit. His colleague can be seen attempting to drag the injured soldier along the ground before seemingly giving up and running away on his own.
The area where the injured soldier is lying is then hit by Ukrainian ordnance as the footage ends.
The images were obtained from the 6th Separate Rifle Battalion of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on Monday, 5th December, with a short statement mocking the Russian soldiers for abandoning their comrades.
Russia invaded Ukraine on 24th February in what the Kremlin is still calling a “special military operation”. Today marks the 288th day of the war.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that between 24th February and 8th December, Russia had lost about 93,080 personnel, 2,937 tanks, 5,911 armoured combat vehicles, 1,925 artillery units, 395 multiple launch rocket systems, 211 air defence systems, 281 warplanes, 264 helicopters, 1,603 drones, 592 cruise missiles, 16 warships, 4,528 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, and 164 units of special equipment.
Russia has claimed that its casualties have been much lower but provides infrequent updates on its latest figures.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that the war in Ukraine could become a “long-term process”.
He also denied that large numbers of Moscow’s forces were deserting from the Ukrainian battlefields.
Putin also said that Russia would not use nuclear weapons first in any conflict.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said today, Thursday, that the risk of nuclear weapons being used in the Ukraine war has decreased as a result of the international community putting pressure on Russia.
Scholz said: “One thing has changed for the time being: Russia has stopped threatening to use nuclear weapons. In response to the international community marking a red line.”
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky has said that Russian shelling killed 10 people and wounded numerous others in the eastern Ukrainian town of Kurakhove.
Vitali Klitschko, the Mayor of Kyiv, has warned of an “apocalypse” scenario for the Ukrainian capital this winter if the country’s energy infrastructure continues to be targeted by Russian airstrikes.
Jens Stoltenberg, the Secretary-General of NATO, said that Moscow is trying to “freeze” the conflict in Ukraine over the winter period as it prepares for renewed assaults early next year.
Stoltenberg urged the alliance’s allies to keep sending weapons to Ukraine over the winter period, saying that the conditions for peace talks are “not there now”.
Dmytro Kuleba, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister, has said that 31 “suspicious packages” had so far been sent to Ukrainian diplomatic missions in 15 countries, in what Kyiv has described as a “campaign of terror and intimidation”.
The United Kingdom has ordered “several thousand” NLAW anti-tank weapons to replace the 7,000 supplied to Ukraine in 2022.