These images show Ukrainian special forces soldiers dodging Russian artillery while carrying out a mission.
The footage begins by showing some of the operatives driving in a car, with one of the soldiers saying that the area is the Russians’ “favourite” place to shell.
The footage then shows the soldiers sheltering in a basement while waiting for some more Russian shelling to end.
After things have quietened down, believe the basement and launch a drone.
The soldier flying the drone can be seen operating it using a smartphone attached to a DJI control pad and saying that they have spotted a Russian observation post that they are planning to target.
The soldier can then be seen targeting Russian forces on the ground with the drone, dropping bombs on them, and for a truck, a dugout, and personnel.
The images then show the soldiers sheltering in the basement again as they are shelled again.
They can then be seen leaving the area in their car while being targeted by what they said was a tank.
The images were obtained from the Command of the Special Operations Forces (SSO) of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on Thursday, 8th December, along with a statement saying: “Get to the place of the task in one piece. Try to launch the drone. Hide from Russian artillery. Drone again. Artillery again. Launch the drone. Artillery. Reconnaissance of enemy positions.
“Certain events that cannot be talked about. And again enemy shelling. Pack up and head back. Almost died on the way from an enemy tank. Arrive at the meeting place and prepare for the next departure.
“This is a brief description of the events filmed in the southern area while working with the operators of one of the divisions of the SSO of Ukraine. And these are just a few hours of the life of our soldiers, captured on camera during the day. Our military routine consists of such days.”
Russia invaded Ukraine on 24th February in what the Kremlin is still calling a “special military operation”. Today marks the 288th day of the war.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that between 24th February and 8th December, Russia had lost about 93,080 personnel, 2,937 tanks, 5,911 armoured combat vehicles, 1,925 artillery units, 395 multiple launch rocket systems, 211 air defence systems, 281 warplanes, 264 helicopters, 1,603 drones, 592 cruise missiles, 16 warships, 4,528 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, and 164 units of special equipment.
Russia has claimed that its casualties have been much lower but provides infrequent updates on its latest figures.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that the war in Ukraine could become a “long-term process”.
He also denied that large numbers of Moscow’s forces were deserting from the Ukrainian battlefields.
Putin also said that Russia would not use nuclear weapons first in any conflict.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said today, Thursday, that the risk of nuclear weapons being used in the Ukraine war has decreased as a result of the international community putting pressure on Russia.
Scholz said: “One thing has changed for the time being: Russia has stopped threatening to use nuclear weapons. In response to the international community marking a red line.”
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky has said that Russian shelling killed 10 people and wounded numerous others in the eastern Ukrainian town of Kurakhove.
Vitali Klitschko, the Mayor of Kyiv, has warned of an “apocalypse” scenario for the Ukrainian capital this winter if the country’s energy infrastructure continues to be targeted by Russian airstrikes.
Jens Stoltenberg, the Secretary-General of NATO, said that Moscow is trying to “freeze” the conflict in Ukraine over the winter period as it prepares for renewed assaults early next year.
Stoltenberg urged the alliance’s allies to keep sending weapons to Ukraine over the winter period, saying that the conditions for peace talks are “not there now”.
Dmytro Kuleba, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister, has said that 31 “suspicious packages” had so far been sent to Ukrainian diplomatic missions in 15 countries, in what Kyiv has described as a “campaign of terror and intimidation”.
The United Kingdom has ordered “several thousand” NLAW anti-tank weapons to replace the 7,000 supplied to Ukraine in 2022.