These images show Ukrainian soldiers being trained by intelligence operatives to fight in close combat.
The images show the Ukrainian soldiers learning how to storm buildings, how to take cover from grenades, how to detain enemy soldiers and how to perform sweeps on rooms.
The images were obtained from the ‘East’ Regional Directorate of the Ukrainian Territorial Defence Forces on Thursday, 9th March, along with a statement saying: “Intelligence of the Regional Directorate of the Territorial Defence Forces ‘East’ is working at full capacity!
“Recently, intelligence instructors conducted training with one of the intelligence units of the Kryvorizka Separate Territorial Defence Brigade.
“A complex of tactical exercises, which will find their application in close combat in an urbanised area, will significantly increase the chances of destroying as many enemies as possible, and returning from a combat mission in full force. Glory to Ukraine!”
Russia invaded Ukraine on 24th February 2022 in what the Kremlin is still calling a “special military operation”. Today marks the 380th day of the full-scale war.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that between 24th February 2022 and 10th March 2023, Russia had lost about 156,990 personnel, 3,448 tanks, 6,742 armoured combat vehicles, 2,475 artillery units, 491 multiple launch rocket systems, 256 air defence systems, 304 warplanes, 289 helicopters, 2,107 drones, 907 cruise missiles, 18 warships, 5,337 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, and 240 units of special equipment.
Russia has claimed that its casualties have been much lower but provides infrequent updates on its latest figures.
At least nine people were reportedly killed yesterday in Russia’s largest wave of missile strikes in three weeks.
Ukraine’s Air Force said that Russia launched 81 missiles in total and eight Shahed drones. It said that it had shot down 34 missiles and four drones.
The Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Rafael Grossi, has warned that urgent action is required to protect the safety and security of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant.
The facility was briefly disconnected from the grid as a result of Russian missile strikes grew.
The Russian Ministry of Defence said that the “massive retaliatory strike” was payback for a cross-border raid last week.
Grossi said: “Due to a series of attacks there had been a complete cut of the off-site power lines thereby [leaving] the plant without any source for its cooling systems, which are essential for the safety of the reactors.
“Hence the emergency generators kicked in – the largest nuclear power plant in Europe for the sixth time since the beginning of the war has been working on emergency diesel generators, which has been absolutely mindboggling.”
He added: “This proves again how fragile and terribly dangerous this situation is at Zaporozhzhia.
“The danger as I’ve been saying would be the reactors eventually when you stop having a cooling function, you eventually melt down thus leading to a major accident with severe radiological effects…
“Here we’re talking about six nuclear power reactors – the biggest site in Europe – so you can see how enormously incredible the situation is.”
Grossi also said: “Don’t shoot at a nuclear power plant.”
Ukraine appears intent on holding the eastern city of Bakhmut despite reportedly suffering an estimated 100 to 200 casualties every day.
Ukraine’s national security chief, Oleksiy Danilov, has said that one Ukrainian is killed for every seven Russians, adding that Ukrainian soldiers are killing as many as 1,100 of Moscow’s soldiers every day.
The President of Belarus, the authoritarian leader Alexander Lukashenko, has signed a bill that introduces capital punishment for government officials and members of the military who are convicted of high treason.