So-Called DPR Says Its Artillery Destroyed Ukrainian Positions

These images reportedly show the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic hitting Ukrainian positions with artillery fire.

The footage, which appears to have been filmed from a drone, begins by showing soldiers that appear to be from the Ukrainian side in a wooded area.

The images then purport to show the area being hit by pro-Russian ordnance.

The images were obtained from the People’s Militia of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) on Wednesday, 30th November, along with a statement claiming they show “the destruction of Ukrainian militants by artillery fire from the 3rd Brigade of the 1st Army Corps.

“The artillery of the 3rd Guards Brigade of the first 1st Army Corps, whose fire was corrected with the help of UAVs, inflicted heavy losses on the enemy.”

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 280th day of the war.

Picture shows an explosion among trees in Ukraine. The footage was obtained from the People’s Militia of the DPR on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022. (@nm_dnr/Newsflash)

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that between 24th February and 30th November, Russia had lost about 88,880 personnel, 2,914 tanks, 5,872 armoured combat vehicles, 1,902 artillery units, 395 multiple launch rocket systems, 210 air defence systems, 280 warplanes, 261 helicopters, 1,562 drones, 531 cruise missiles, 16 warships, 4,429 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, and 163 units of special equipment.

Russia has claimed that its casualties have been much lower but provides infrequent updates on its latest figures.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has renewed his pledge that Ukraine will eventually become a member of the world’s biggest security alliance.

Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has called NATO a “criminal entity” and warned the Alliance against providing Ukraine with Patriot missile defence systems.

Medvedev said added: “If, as Stoltenberg hinted, NATO were to supply the Ukrainian fanatics with Patriot systems along with NATO personnel, they would immediately become a legitimate target of our armed forces.”

Ukraine’s state energy company Ukrenergo, has said that it is still struggling to restore power a week after Russian missile strikes hit power facilities across the country.

Artur Lorkowski, the director of Energy Community, an international organisation made up of the European Union and a number of non-EU countries, which are coordinating an emergency response to get Ukraine the spare parts it needs to survive the winter, has said that the energy situation in Ukraine is critical.

Picture shows an explosion among trees in Ukraine. The footage was obtained from the People’s Militia of the DPR on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022. (@nm_dnr/Newsflash)

Lorkowski added: “They have some equipment which they stored before the war, but this storage is running out. The stored equipment will not to be enough continue the repair activities.”

Ukraine is reportedly in dire need of spare parts, with Russia targeting the country’s substations, in an attempt to fragment its grid “into small isolated units”.

Lorkowski said that transformers are the “top priority”, which are used in substations and “are being intensively targeted by Russia” to render the network incapable of transmitting “the output of [electricity] generation units for Ukraine.”

Roman Starovoyt, the Governor of the Kursk region in Russia has said that a power plant in Kursk was hit on Tuesday in multiple attacks that caused electricity outages

Starovoyt said: “In total, there were about 11 launches. A power plant was hit.”

Ukraine has not claimed responsibility for the attacks.

China’s President Xi Jinping has said that he is ready to “forge a closer partnership” with Russia to “maintain international energy security”.

Picture shows a running Ukrainian soldier among trees in Ukraine. The footage was obtained from the People’s Militia of the DPR on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022. (@nm_dnr/Newsflash)

Xi said: “China is willing to work with Russia to forge a closer energy partnership, promote clean and green energy development and jointly maintain international energy security and the stability of industry supply chains.”

Germany’s Minister of Justice Marco Buschmann has said that his country contributed to the outbreak of Russia’s war in Ukraine by “adhering” to the Nord Stream 2 pipeline despite Russia annexing Crimea in 2014.

Buschmann added that Russian missile strikes on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure were a “terrible war crime”.

He said he was “certain that at the end, we will see war crimes cases at the international criminal court against senior Russian leadership.”