Self-Proclaimed DPR Says It Dropped Drone Bombs On Ukrainian Soldiers And Took Their Positions

The pro-Russian Donetsk People’s Republic has said that it has dropped drone bombs on Ukrainian soldiers and taken their positions.

The so-called Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) said that they were also supported by artillery and that they caused the Ukrainian soldiers to retreat.

The footage, shot from a drone, shows a bomb being dropped on a Ukrainian soldier who nonetheless continues to walk in what appears to be a trench.

The images then show other drone bombs being dropped, with at least three Ukrainian soldiers then moving at speed in a trench.

The footage then cuts to DPR soldiers who have supposedly occupied the trench that was allegedly abandoned by the retreating Ukrainian forces.

The images were obtained from the People’s Militia of the DPR on Friday, 13th January, along with a statement claiming: “Fighters of the 1st fire brigade, with the support of artillery and attack UAVs, took the position of the enemy.

“Ukrainian fighters, unable to withstand the continuous attacks of artillery and shock copters, left their position and fled, after which it was immediately occupied by the assault group of the 1st separate special forces battalion.”

Picture shows an explosion at Ukrainian positions in a snowy field in Ukraine in undated footage. The footage was released by the People’s Militia of the DPR on Friday, Jan. 13, 2023. (@nm_dnr/Newsflash)

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 324th day of the war.

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that between 24th February and 13th January, Russia had lost about 114,130 personnel, 3,098 tanks, 6,167 armoured combat vehicles, 2,086 artillery units, 437 multiple launch rocket systems, 218 air defence systems, 286 warplanes, 276 helicopters, 1,865 drones, 723 cruise missiles, 17 warships, 4,833 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, and 184 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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Ukrainian soldiers move in a trench in a snowy field in Ukraine in undated footage. The footage was released by the People’s Militia of the DPR on Friday, Jan. 13, 2023. (@nm_dnr/Newsflash)

Ukraine’s military has denied a claim that Russian forces have taken Soledar. Ukraine’s Deputy Defence Minister Hanna Maliar has also said that Ukrainian forces are “holding on” amid “fierce fighting”.

Ukraine’s military has claimed that it killed over 100 Russian soldiers in a single strike in Soledar.

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DPR soldiers move in a trench in a snowy field in Ukraine in undated footage. The footage was released by the People’s Militia of the DPR on Friday, Jan. 13, 2023. (@nm_dnr/Newsflash)

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Sweden still requires Turkey’s approval to join NATO, with the Turkish government saying that Sweden needs to crack down on Kurdish groups that it views as “terrorists”.