These images show Ukrainian drones dropping numerous bombs on scores of Russian soldiers on the front lines.
The footage begins with a drone dropping a bomb on Russian soldiers resting near a shelter. A soldier lying on his back who appears to be injured is the first to spot the bomb about to hit after it is released by the drone.
He can be seen trying to scramble out of the way but his legs are injured and he is unable to move, leaving him only able to brace himself for the impact.
At least seven of his fellow soldiers trying to get out of the way and take cover, with the bomb then landing right in the middle of them.
It explodes and at least three of them can be seen falling to the ground.
The images then show a drone dropping a bomb on a group of at least nine Russian soldiers, with at least two apparently being seriously injured.
The footage then shows at least two other soldiers being targeted, with a bomb exploding right next to one of them and apparently injuring him.
He can be seen writhing in pain before the images then show two other Russian soldiers being hit by a drone bomb.
The footage then shows a final group of Russian soldiers being hit by yet another drone bomb before the footage ends.
The images were obtained from the 53rd Separate Mechanized Brigade named after Prince Volodymyr Monomakh of the Ukrainian Armed Forces on Wednesday, 9th November, along with a statement saying (in English): “The Moscow Horde continues to send its woe warriors to the disposal.
“Meanwhile, the 53rd OMBr [the 53rd Separate Mechanized Brigade] confidently replenishes the collection of videos of the destruction of the occupiers with the help of UAVs and the ammunition drop system.
“The video clearly shows how Ukraine is forcing the russians to make a ‘gesture of goodwill.'” (sic)
The images and statement were also relayed by the Ground Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
Russia invaded Ukraine on 24th February in what the Kremlin is still calling a “special military operation”. Today marks the 260th day of the war.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that between 24th February and 10th November, Russia had lost about 78,690 personnel, 2,804 tanks, 5,682 armoured combat vehicles, 1,805 artillery units, 393 multiple launch rocket systems, 205 air defence systems, 278 warplanes, 260 helicopters, 1,499 drones, 399 cruise missiles, 16 warships, 4,242 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, and 159 units of special equipment.
Russia has claimed that its casualties have been much lower but provides infrequent updates on its latest figures.
Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu has ordered Moscow’s military forces to leave the southern Ukrainian city of Kherson, with General Sergey Surovikin, who is the commander of all of Russia’s forces in Ukraine, saying it was a “very difficult decision”.
Surovikin said that “Kherson cannot be fully supplied and function” and that while the “decision to defend on the left bank of the Dnieper [river] is not easy, at the same time we will save the lives of our military.”
The move comes just weeks after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that Kherson and three other regions were being annexed “forever” by the Russian Federation.
Ukraine has reacted with caution, with Mykhailo Podolyak, a senior adviser to Ukraine’s President, Volodymyr Zelensky, saying: “Until the Ukrainian flag is flying over Kherson, it makes no sense to talk about a Russian withdrawal.”
US President Joe Biden has said that Russia’s retreat from Kherson is “evidence” that its military forces are suffering “real problems”, while NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Russia’s withdrawal is “part of an overall pattern” showing the Kremlin “has absolutely lost the momentum”.
Kirill Stremousov, the deputy head of the Russian-installed administration in Kherson, has reportedly died in a car crash, according to Russian state media. The Kremlin said on Wednesday that Putin has posthumously decorated Stremousov with the Order of Courage.
Putin will not attend the G20 summit in Bali next week, but will be represented by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, according to Indonesian and Russian officials.
General Mark Milley, the Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, has said that he estimates that approximately 100,000 Russian and 100,000 Ukrainian soldiers have been killed or injured in the war so far, adding that approximately 40,000 civilians have died. The estimates are the highest from a Western official so far.