Ukrainian Soldiers Carry Out Night Combat Training

These images show Ukrainian soldiers carrying out night combat training with assault rifles and hitting mock targets.

The footage, filmed with a special night vision device, shows Ukrainian soldiers carrying out the special nocturnal warfare training with assault rifles.

Streaks of light can be seen as the soldiers open fire on mock targets with their weapons.

The images were obtained from the Separate Brigade Of Territorial Defence of the city of Dnipro on Wednesday, 17th May, along with a statement saying: “An ordinary video camera cannot record night training shootings – it is too dark.

“But a night vision device can help you see how things are going. All fighters go through similar training, because they are on duty at positions both during the day and at night.”

Russia invaded Ukraine on 24th February 2022 in what the Kremlin is still calling a “special military operation”. Today marks the 449th day of the full-scale war.

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that between 24th February 2022 and 18th May 2023, Russia had lost about 201,100 personnel, 3,773 tanks, 7,373 armoured combat vehicles, 3,198 artillery units, 563 multiple launch rocket systems, 318 air defence systems, 308 warplanes, 294 helicopters, 2,759 drones, 990 cruise missiles, 18 warships, 6,073 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, and 418 units of special equipment.

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

Ukrainian fighters equip night vision gadgets preparing for night battles in Ukraine in undated footage. The footage was released by Separate brigade of territorial defense of the city of Dnipro on Wednesday, May, 18, 2023. (@BrTODnipro/Newsflash)

The Black Sea grain deal has been extended for an additional two months, with United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres saying that it was “good news for the world”.

The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has said that Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba told a top Chinese diplomat during talks in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv that his country would not accept any peace proposals that involved freezing the conflict or losing territory.

On Wednesday, Ukraine denied that a Russian hypersonic missile had taken out a US-made Patriot missile defence system during an air strike on the Ukrainian capital Kyiv.

US officials have said that a Patriot missile defence system had most likely been damaged but did not appear to have been destroyed.

Ukrainian military spokesperson Serhiy Cherevatyi has said that his side has made fresh advances in Bakhmut. He reportedly said: “We are successfully conducting a defensive operation, counterattacking and during this day our units have penetrated up to 500 metres in some parts of the Bakhmut front.”

UK Defence Minister Ben Wallace has said that Britain can help Ukraine’s military by enabling other countries to supply fighter jets and other military equipment if they wish to do so.

He said: “What we can obviously contribute is training and support, again, within limits, because we don’t have F16 pilots.”