These images show Ukrainian paratroopers attaching a bomb to a drone before it flies off into the air and attacks Russian soldiers and military equipment.
The footage shows the drone dropping bombs on Russian soldiers in trenches and in other positions, with Russian military vehicles then seen being damaged and destroyed.
The images were obtained from the 79th Air Assault Brigade of the Ukrainian Air Assault Forces on Saturday, 5th November, along with a statement saying: “UAV pilots of the brigade destroyed 30 enemy servicemen and disabled 5 pieces of equipment.
“UAV pilots of the 79th Separate Air Assault Brigade not only point artillery at the enemy but also successfully destroy it themselves.
“Drones with special devices are actively used for this. So, thanks to their clear and skilful actions, about 30 military units of the Russian Federation and up to 5 units of enemy armoured vehicles were destroyed recently.”
The Air Assault Forces quoted an unnamed commander of the unit who reportedly destroyed the Russian servicemen and equipment as saying: “Every enemy soldier must understand that because he came to our land, death will await him everywhere.”
The Air Assault Forces added: “Death to the Russian invaders! Glory to Air Assault Forces! Glory to Ukraine!”
Russia invaded Ukraine on 24th February in what the Kremlin is still calling a “special military operation”. Today marks the 257th day of the war.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that between 24th February and 7th November, Russia had lost about 76,460 personnel, 2,771 tanks, 5,630 armoured combat vehicles, 1,782 artillery units, 391 multiple launch rocket systems, 202 air defence systems, 277 warplanes, 260 helicopters, 1,472 drones, 399 cruise missiles, 16 warships, 4,199 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, and 157 units of special equipment.
Russia has claimed that its casualties have been much lower but provides infrequent updates on its latest figures.
Ukraine is preparing for further electricity blackouts and new Russian attacks on its energy infrastructure, with President Volodymyr Zelensky saying that Russia “is concentrating forces and means for a possible repetition of massive attacks on our infrastructure, primarily energy.”
About 500 power generators are reportedly being sent to Ukraine by 17 European Union countries.
Vitali Klitschko, the Mayor of Kyiv, has said that residents should prepare for a worst-case scenario and make plans to evacuate the city.
Klitschko said: “If you have extended family or friends outside Kyiv, where there is autonomous water supply, an oven, heating, please keep in mind the possibility of staying there for a certain amount of time.”
Moscow has accused Ukraine of “sabotage” after the city of Kherson was reportedly cut off from electricity and water on Sunday following an airstrike on the Kakhovka dam.
American officials have reportedly told the Ukrainian government that it needs to signal an openness to negotiate with Moscow, with US officials in Washington warning that “Ukraine fatigue” could get worse should Kyiv continue to remain closed to negotiations and with Ukraine’s allies worrying about the economic fallout from a lengthy conflict.
There has reportedly been fierce fighting in the Donetsk region in eastern Ukraine, with President Zelensky saying that Russia is driving inexperienced soldiers “to their deaths”.
He said that “very fierce Russian attacks in the Donetsk region continue”, adding: “The enemy suffers serious losses there, but despite everything, despite any losses, he [Russian President Vladimir Putin] continues to drive his mobilised soldiers and mercenaries to their deaths.”