Ukrainian Paratroopers Take Out Russian Invaders In Soledar

These images show Ukrainian paratroopers taking out Russian invaders in Soledar.

The footage shows the Ukrainian soldiers opening fire on the Russian enemy with rocket launchers, assault rifles, military vehicles and artillery.

The images were obtained from the 46th Separate Airmobile Brigade of the Ukrainian Air Assault Forces on Sunday, 15th January, along with a statement saying: “The destruction of the enemy is preceded by careful planning, taking into account the tactics of the enemy.

“In Soledar, Ukrainian soldiers oppose the occupiers with maximum concentration, flexibility of actions and effective fire damage.”

They quote their fighters as saying: “The enemy is not easy, but we will find the key to defeating them, so that he will not be able to carry out offensive actions in this direction in the future.

“Until we destroy it, there will be no peace for our relatives and our country.”

The statement continued: “For this, they do everything in their power. And even more. Believe in them, and Ukrainian Air Assault Forces will not let you down!”

The images and statement were also relayed by the Ukrainian Air Assault Forces.

Russia invaded Ukraine on 24th February in what the Kremlin is still calling a “special military operation”. Today marks the 328th day of the war.

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that between 24th February 2022 and 17th January 2023, Russia had lost about 116,950 personnel, 3,121 tanks, 6,215 armoured combat vehicles, 2,104 artillery units, 441 multiple launch rocket systems, 220 air defence systems, 286 warplanes, 276 helicopters, 1,872 drones, 749 cruise missiles, 17 warships, 4,877 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, and 190 units of special equipment.

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

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said on Monday that over 7,000 civilians have been killed in Ukraine since the beginning of the Russian invasion.

The OHCHR added that it believes that the actual death toll is “considerably higher” but said that it is currently hard to determine due to numerous pending reports and the inaccessibility of parts of the country where intense fighting is currently ongoing.

Turkish ombudsman Seref Malkoc has said that Russia and Ukraine have been putting together a large prisoner exchange deal they could see 1,000 prisoners swapped between the two countries.

Ben Wallace, the Defence Secretary of the United Kingdom, has confirmed that the UK will send a squadron of Challenger 2 tanks to Ukraine.

Speaking to the British Parliament, he defined the military support as “the most significant package of combat power to date to accelerate Ukrainian success”.

The announcement makes the UK the first Western power to supply Ukraine with main battle tanks, with Wallace also urging Germany to allow for Leopard tanks to be supplied to Kyiv.

Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has said that Germany should take “decisive actions” and send “all sorts of weapons” to Ukraine to help the country defend itself against Russian aggression.

Russia and Belarus have begun joint air force drills, increasing fears in Kyiv and among Ukraine’s western allies that Moscow could be pushing its ally into launching a new offensive on Ukraine.

The Norwegian authorities have said that a Russian citizen, named as Andrey Medvedev, who reportedly fought for the notorious Wagner group, a private mercenary organisation that has been operating closely with conventional Russian forces in Ukraine, has crossed into Norway and requested political asylum.