These images show Ukrainian forces destroying a Russian ammo depot and military equipment in the Luhansk region of eastern Ukraine.
A building that appears to be a farmhouse in a forested area can be seen being hit by Ukrainian ordnance before bursting into flames in footage apparently filmed by a Ukrainian drone.
The images were obtained from the National Guard of Ukraine on Thursday, 24th November, along with a statement saying: “The history of the acquaintance of the Russian occupiers with the artillery and aerial reconnaissance of the 8th regiment named after Bohun of the National Guard in Luhansk region.
“The work of aerial scouts is very important on the battlefield. Thanks to their skill, the enemy’s vehicles, anti-tank vehicles and manpower were discovered and destroyed.”
The images were also relayed by the Western Territorial Administration of the National Guard of Ukraine along with a statement saying: “Drones are an extremely important element in modern warfare. It is thanks to drones that aerial reconnaissance is carried out, enemy positions are revealed and artillery fire is directed, with snipers also taking out the rashist invaders.”
‘Rashist’ is a term that is often used by the Ukrainian forces when referring to the Russian invaders. It is a combination of the words ‘Russia’ and ‘fascism’.
Russia invaded Ukraine on 24th February in what the Kremlin is still calling a “special military operation”. Today marks the 274th day of the war.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that between 24th February and 24th November, Russia had lost about 85,720 personnel, 2,898 tanks, 5,839 armoured combat vehicles, 1,889 artillery units, 395 multiple launch rocket systems, 209 air defence systems, 278 warplanes, 261 helicopters, 1,547 drones, 531 cruise missiles, 16 warships, 4,400 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, and 161 units of special equipment.
Russia has claimed that its casualties have been much lower but provides infrequent updates on its latest figures.
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky has called on the United Nations to take action against Russia over its continued air strikes on Ukraine’s civilian infrastructure, accusing Moscow of “crimes against humanity”.
This comes after Russia reportedly unleashed a new barrage of missiles across Ukraine on Wednesday that killed 10 people and forced the Ukrainian authorities to shut down all its nuclear power plants.
The International Atomic Energy Agency has again voiced concern about the Russian-controlled Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, which is Europe’s largest and which has suffered further damage from repeated shelling.
Vitali Klitschko, the mayor of the Ukrainian capital Kyiv, said that at least 80 percent of the capital’s residents do not currently have power or running water.
Maia Sandu, the President of Ukraine’s western neighbour Moldova, said her country was suffering massive power outages as a result of Russian attacks on Ukraine, saying they have left her country “in the dark”.
Moldova’s Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Spinu has said that more than half of the country has been left without electricity.
The governments of the European Union failed to reach a consensus on Wednesday regarding placing price caps on marine imports of Russian oil.
Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said on Wednesday that Russia was confident in the “success” of its actions in Ukraine.
Peskov said: “The future and the success of the special operation are beyond doubt.”
European cities have been urged to send generators to Ukraine to help the country through the cold winter months and to counter Russia’s relentless attacks on its electricity infrastructure.
Ukraine’s security service has raided a monastery in the capital Kyiv in an operation that it said was geared towards stopping Russian agents using the site as a base to carry out sabotage and intelligence activities.
The Defence Secretary of the United Kingdom, Ben Wallace, has said that Britain is sending helicopters to Ukraine for the first time since the war began.
Ukrainian crews have been training in the United Kingdom for the last six weeks, learning to fly and operate the aircraft, which are geared towards providing search and rescue capabilities.
Three former British military Sea Kings will be provided to Ukraine and the first has reportedly already been delivered.
Wallace also said that the UK is sending Ukraine an additional 10,000 rounds of artillery.