These images show Ukrainian special forces troops taking out four Russian soldiers with a bomb dropped from a drone after they wounded them the night before in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine.
The footage shows the Russian soldiers apparently slowly moving across a field before they are suddenly hit by a large explosion after the Ukrainian drone dropped its bomb on them.
The images were obtained from the 8th Special Purpose Regiment named after Prince Izyaslav Mstislavich of the Special Operations Forces (SSO) of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on Monday, 31st October, along with a statement saying: “In the Bakhmut direction, at night, soldiers of one of the units of the SSO wounded four Russian occupiers with a drop from a UAV.
“The next day, our soldiers completed their work and destroyed the enemy with a shot from an ATGM [anti-tank guided missile].”
The images and statement were also relayed by the Command of the SSO and by the Office of Strategic Communications (StratCom) of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
Russia invaded Ukraine on 24th February in what the Kremlin is still calling a “special military operation”. Today marks the 250th day of the war.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that between 24th February and 31st October, Russia had lost about 71,820 personnel, 2,686 tanks, 5,485 armoured combat vehicles, 1,728 artillery units, 383 multiple launch rocket systems, 197 air defence systems, 275 warplanes, 253 helicopters, 1,413 drones, 352 cruise missiles, 16 warships, 4,128 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, and 154 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 has pulled out of the UN-brokered grain deal after a swarm of drones attacked Russia’s Black Sea flagship vessel, the Admiral Makarov, in the Crimean port of Sevastopol over the weekend.
Russia claimed that it was unable to “guarantee the safety of civilian ships” travelling under the deal after the attack on its Black Sea fleet.
The United States and the United Nations have both called on Moscow to reverse its decision, with US President Joe Biden calling the move “purely outrageous”.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that Russia was weaponising food, while the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, said that he was “deeply concerned” by the move.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has claimed that his forces have pushed back a “fierce offensive” by Russian forces in the Donetsk region in eastern Ukraine.
Zelensky said: “Today they stopped the fierce offensive actions of the enemy.” The Ukrainian president added: “The Russian attack was repelled.”
The United Nations, Turkey and Ukraine have said that they will push on to set up a new Black Sea grain deal without Russia that will provide for a transit plan for 16 ships.
Ukraine said on Sunday that 218 ships were now “effectively blocked” in its ports.