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These images show a Russian soldier driving straight over a row of mines and he appears to survive after they explode and destroy his vehicle.
The footage shows what appears to be a Russian armoured personnel carrier advancing towards two rows of mines.
As soon as it rolls over the first row, the mines detonate, seriously damaging his vehicle, which can be seen with a white ‘Z’ symbol on its side.
The ‘Z’ is one of the symbols, as well as the letters ‘V’ and ‘O’ that can be seen painted on Russian military vehicles taking part in the invasion of Ukraine.
The images then cut to a Russian soldier who appears to have been the one driving the vehicle crouching in the road behind the remains of the armoured personnel carrier, apparently in shock.
Smoke can be seen gushing out of the vehicle as the footage ends.
The images were obtained from the Office of Strategic Communications (StratCom) of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on Thursday, 13th October, along with a statement saying: “A morning is not a morning without a dead Russian. Have a great day everyone. Glory to Ukraine!”
Ukrainian media have reported, however, that the soldier survived the incident. It is currently unclear if there were other soldiers inside the armoured personnel carrier.
Russia invaded Ukraine on 24th February in what the Kremlin is still calling a “special military operation”. Today marks the 232nd day of the war.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that between 24th February and 13th October, Russia had lost about 63,800 personnel, 2,511 tanks, 5,167 armoured combat vehicles, 1,556 artillery units, 357 multiple launch rocket systems, 183 air defence systems, 268 warplanes, 240 helicopters, 1,182 drones, 316 cruise missiles, 16 warships, 3,935 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, and 140 units of special equipment.
Russia has claimed that its casualties have been much lower but provides infrequent updates on its latest figures.
The General Assembly of the United Nations has overwhelmingly voted to condemn Russia’s annexation of parts of Ukraine, with 35 countries abstaining, including Pakistan, South Africa, India and China.
The resolution “condemns the organisation by the Russian Federation of so-called referendums within the internationally recognised borders of Ukraine” and Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “attempted illegal annexation”, which he announced last month.
The Ukrainian military has announced that it has recaptured more territory near the southern city of Kherson. It is understood that five settlements in the Beryslav district of the north-eastern part of the Kherson region have been recaptured. They have been named as Novovasylivka, Novogrygorivka, Nova Kamyanka, Tryfonivka, and Chervone.
NATO allies have delivered new air defence systems to Ukraine after Russia launched a wave of missile attacks across the country, targeting civilian areas.
The Minister of Defence of Ukraine, Oleksiy Reznikov, said: “A new era of air defence has begun in Ukraine.”
He added: “Iris-Ts from Germany are already here. Nasams [from the US] are coming. This is only the beginning. And we need more.”
The United Kingdom has also said that it will provide AMRAAM air defence missiles that are capable of shooting down cruise missiles.
The European Commission is set to present plans next week geared towards mitigating rising energy costs.
Energy Commissioner Kadri Simson said that there are plans to set up joint gas purchases by 2023 to harness the bloc’s collective purchasing power and to “avoid member states outbidding each other on the market”, which “drives up” prices.
Putin has claimed that Russia is prepared to resume supplying gas to Europe via part of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline that remains operational, saying that it was up to the European Union to decide if it wanted gas supplied by this pipeline.