This is the moment Russian soldiers crawl through the dirt and hide among their dead comrades to save themselves during an attack by Ukrainian forces near Bakhmut.
The footage shows Russian invaders wriggling their way across the grass and in and around trenches while their surroundings are being pummeled by Ukrainian gunfire.
But their attempts at saving their lives apparently turn out to be in vain as Ukrainian drone operators spot them hiding among wounded and dead comrades.
Few can be seen left standing after Ukrainian forces fire on their positions and destroy them.
One soldier appears to be desperately trying to save himself by crawling into a trench while dragging his rifle right before the footage cuts.
The images were obtained by Newsflash from the Office for Strategic Communications of the Armed Forces (StratCom) of Ukraine on 2nd January, along with a short statement: “Bakhmut. Disruption of three assault groups by [Ukrainian] forces.”
Russia invaded Ukraine on 24th February in what the Kremlin is still calling a “special military operation”. Today marks the 314th day of the invasion.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that between 24th February and 3rd January, Russia had lost about 108,190 personnel, 3,036 tanks, 6,100 armoured combat vehicles, 2,033 artillery units, 424 multiple launch rocket systems, 214 air defence systems, 283 warplanes, 270 helicopters, 1,839 drones, 723 cruise missiles, 16 warships, 4,735 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, and 181 units of special equipment.
Russia has claimed that its casualties have been much lower but provides infrequent updates on its latest figures.
Ukraine’s Defence Ministry has claimed responsibility for an attack in Makiivka, a Russian-held city in Donetsk that allegedly killed around 400 Russian soldiers.
The Russian Ministry of Defence 63 soldiers of recently mobilised troops died in the attack on Makiivka when Ukraine hit “a temporary deployment facility” with four US-supplied Himars missiles.
Ukraine’s Defence Ministry said it also “successfully” shot down 39 (Iranian-made) Shahed drones, two Orlan-10 drones and a Kh-59 cruise missile.
Russian drones have attacked infrastructure in Ukraine’s capital of Kyiv and the surrounding regions, damaging energy facilities and causing some power outages, according to Ukrainian officials.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned Russia is preparing a drone attack campaign to “exhaust” Ukraine.
“It is probably banking on exhaustion. Exhausting our people, our anti-aircraft defences, our energy,” Zelenskyy said in his Monday address.
Zelenskyy said Ukraine’s armed forces have shot down more than 80 drones since the beginning of 2023.
The UK Ministry of Defence said Russia’s attacks near Bakhmut in Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk region are unlikely to yield a significant breakthrough in the near future.
And former NATO general Hans-Lothar Domrose said a truce between Russia and Ukraine can be expected during 2023, possibly even in the early months.