Ukrainian Drone Destroys Russian Mines By Dropping Bomb On Them

These images show a Ukrainian drone dropping a bomb on Russian mines and destroying them.

The footage shows the Ukrainian drone dropping its bomb on a cluster of mines after they were spotted near what appears to be a dirt road near a body of water.

The bomb can be seen hitting them and causing a large explosion.

The images were obtained from the K2 group of the 54th Mechanized Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on Monday, 20th March, along with a statement saying: “In this video, we want to show how our boys and girls remove an enemy mine barrier. A short video, but with a long preparation for the task and a bright finale.

“Drones in our battalion are not only for aerial reconnaissance and correction, but also for dropping ammunition, remote demining, removing mine obstacles and performing other tasks. Therefore, there are never too many drones in modern warfare. And our pilots know how to perform tasks of any complexity, and most importantly – to cause death to the enemies.”

The images and statement were also relayed by the Office of Strategic Communications (StratCom) of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Russia invaded Ukraine on 24th February 2022 in what the Kremlin is still calling a “special military operation”. Today marks the 390th day of the full-scale war.

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that between 24th February 2022 and 20th March 2023, Russia had lost about 165,610 personnel, 3,537 tanks, 6,869 armoured combat vehicles, 2,577 artillery units, 507 multiple launch rocket systems, 270 air defence systems, 305 warplanes, 290 helicopters, 2,160 drones, 907 cruise missiles, 18 warships, 5,416 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, and 265 units of special equipment.

Ukrainian drone operators destroy mine barrier by dropping a bomb on it in Ukraine in undated footage. The footage was released by the K2 group of the 54th OMBr of Ukraine on Monday, Mar. 20, 2023. (@k2_bat/Newsflash)

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

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky has said that an arrest warrant issued by the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague against Russian President Vladimir Putin is a “turning point” in the ongoing conflict.

He said that the warrant signified a “truly significant international legal result for Ukraine, for justice […].”

Zelensky added that it represents “the moment after which it becomes undeniable that the end of this aggression for Russia will be the full range of its responsibility.”

Ministers of justice from over 40 countries are set to meet in London to hold discussions about boosting support for the ICC regarding its investigations into Russian war crimes in Ukraine.

Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vucic, who has previously stated he has a close personal relationship with Putin, has criticised the international arrest warrant against him, saying that it will prolong the conflict.

He said: “I think issuing an arrest warrant for Putin, not to go into legal matters, will have bad political consequences and it says that there is a great reluctance to talk about peace [and] about truce.”

Ukrainian drone operators destroy mine barrier by dropping a bomb on it in Ukraine in undated footage. The footage was released by the K2 group of the 54th OMBr of Ukraine on Monday, Mar. 20, 2023. (@k2_bat/Newsflash)

Chinese President Xi Jinping is set to begin a state visit to Russia, reportedly seeking to present his country as a global peacemaker and strengthen ties with Russia.

Putin has reportedly visited a command post located in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don, according to the Russian state-owned news agency TASS.

The move comes after Putin visited Russian-occupied Mariupol and Crimea.

The Ministry of Defence of Ukraine has said that Putin visited Mariupol “under the cover of night” to avoid showing the Russian people the scale of the destruction in the city.

The Ukrainian MoD said that “darkness allows them to highlight what he wants to show, and keeps […] It’s few surviving inhabitants away from prying eyes.”

There is reportedly a shortage of explosives in Europe including gunpowder, plastic explosives and TNT, which could mean that Europe’s defence industry is hampered when it comes to meeting orders from the European Union to supply Ukraine with ammunition.