Ukrainian Drones Drop Bombs On Russian Soldiers Under Trees And In Trenches

These images show Ukrainian drones dropping bombs on Russian soldiers who can be seen under trees and in trenches.

The footage shows a bomb being dropped from a Ukrainian drone on Russian positions in a tree line before the images show a second soldier being targeted.

The footage then shows a Ukrainian drone targeting a trench, with the images also showing a soldier receiving a direct hit from a drone bomb.

The images were obtained from the 109th Separate Mountain Assault Battalion of the 10th Separate Mountain Assault Brigade of the Ukrainian Ground Forces on Saturday, 25th February, along with a statement saying: “The 367th day of the heroic confrontation of the 109th Separate Mountain Assault Battalion of the 10th Separate Mountain Assault Brigade ‘Edelweiss’.

“We will destroy the enemy until the last projectile, until the last breath. Every day, every minute of our lives, until we win! For every soldier, for every Ukrainian, for our cities and villages, for every piece of native land.”

Russia invaded Ukraine on 24th February 2022 in what the Kremlin is still calling a “special military operation”. Today marks the 369th day of the full-scale war.

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that between 24th February 2022 and 27th February 2023, Russia had lost about 148,690 personnel, 3,385 tanks, 6,621 armoured combat vehicles, 2,380 artillery units, 475 multiple launch rocket systems, 247 air defence systems, 300 warplanes, 288 helicopters, 2,048 drones, 873 cruise missiles, 18 warships, 5,248 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, and 230 units of special equipment.

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

CIA Director William Burns has said that he is “confident that the Chinese leadership is considering the provision of lethal equipment” to support Russia in Ukraine.

Picture shows Russian soldier in snowy trench in Ukraine in undated footage. The footage was released by the 109th battalion of the Ukrainian Ground Forces on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2023. (@109OGSHB/Newsflash)

But he also added: “We also don’t see that a final decision has been made yet, and we don’t see evidence of actual shipments of lethal equipment.”

White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan has said: “Beijing will have to make its own decisions about how it proceeds, whether it provides military assistance, but if it goes down that road, it will come at real costs to China.”

US President Joe Biden has said that the idea that China could negotiate peace between Russia and Ukraine is “just not rational”.

Biden said: “I’ve seen nothing [that] would indicate there’s something that would be beneficial to anyone other than Russia. The idea that China is going to be negotiating the outcome of a war that’s a totally unjust war for Ukraine is just not rational.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused the West of trying to “dismember” Russia and turn the world’s largest country into a group of weak, mini-states.

Ukraine’s military has rebuked claims by Russia’s notorious Wagner mercenary organisation that it had captured the village of Yahidne, on the outskirts of Bakhmut.

The head of Wagner, Yevgeny Prigozhin, claimed on Saturday that his forces had taken the villages of Yahidne and Berkhivka, but Ukraine said that the Russian offensives and the two settlements, as well as on for others, had been “unsuccessful”.

The Ukrainian military did however say that all were currently being targeted by heavy shelling.

Picture shows an explosion in Ukraine in undated footage. The footage was released by the 109th battalion of the Ukrainian Ground Forces on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2023. (@109OGSHB/Newsflash)

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky has dismissed a senior military commander who had been tasked with fighting Russian troops in eastern Ukraine.

Zelensky reportedly fired Eduard Moskalyov as commander of the joint forces of Ukraine without providing an explanation.

Members of Belarus’ opposition in exile have claimed that partisans destroyed a Russian plane at an airstrip near the country’s capital Minsk on Sunday.

Franak Viacorka, a close adviser to opposition politician Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, said that partisans had “confirmed a successful special operation to blow up a rare Russian plane at the airfield in Machulishchy near Minsk.”

He added: “This is the most successful diversion since the beginning of 2022.”

He also said that two Belarusians who had carried out the operation had made use of drones and had already left the country.

German Defence Minister Boris Pistorius has said that he expects contracts for the backfilling of howitzers that Germany provided Ukraine last year to be signed by the end of March, which is months earlier than originally expected.

The United States and Germany are reportedly in talks with Warsaw to hold joint military manoeuvres in Poland as a response to Russia’s threat to NATO’s eastern border, according to German Defence Minister Pistorius.