This footage shows a Ukrainian special unit hunting down and hitting members of Russia’s Wagner Group in Bakhmut, with what appears to be one enemy soldier’s body parts flying across the battlefield.
The graphic footage begins by showing a group of soldiers, reportedly from the notorious mercenary outfit, being targeted by Ukrainian ordnance.
A rocket appears to hit a mound near the enemy soldiers, with them then taking cover.
The video then appears to show a foxhole, with the soldiers scrambling in fast forward to carry one of their presumably injured colleagues away.
At one point, the three soldiers carrying their lifeless comrade pause, which is when they are hit by a large explosion, with one of the soldiers’ body parts apparently flying feet into the air and landing next to the other soldiers, who had already made it to a narrow road.
The two remaining soldiers on the road continue to flee after one of them helps the other to his feet.
They can then apparently be seen hiding in a foxhole that is subsequently hit by Ukrainian firepower, blowing it to smithereens as the footage ends.
The images were obtained from the Third Force, which is a Volunteer Corps belonging to the nationalist Ukrainian Right Sector political party that was founded amidst the Euromaidan protests in Kyiv in 2013 and 2014.
The Third Force is much like the Ukrainian Volunteer Corps, which is a paramilitary wing belonging to the Right Sector that fought in the Russo-Ukrainian War in the Donbas from 2014 onwards, leading up to Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February this year.
The images, obtained on Tuesday, 6th December, were accompanied by a statement saying: “Volunteers of the Third Force congratulate our brothers on the Day of the Armed Forces of Ukraine!
“We are sincerely proud to defend our land side by side with the Armed Forces. It is thanks to the courage and indomitability of the soldiers of the Armed Forces that the enemy suffers heavy losses and loses, despite their superiority in numbers and weapons.
“We bow to the soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine who gave their lives for our independence.”
The statement also said that the footage shows their efforts to “hunt” members of the Wagner Group in Bakhmut. They signed off by saying: “Bakhmut will never surrender to the Russian fascists.”
The Day of the Armed Forces of Ukraine is marked on 6th December, the day of the adoption in 1991 of the law “On the Armed Forces of Ukraine.”
The images were also relayed by the Office of Strategic Communications (StratCom) of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. StratCom also confirmed that the enemy troops being targeted in the footage were Wagner operatives.
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky congratulated the Ukrainian military yesterday on his official Telegram channel, saying: “Our Armed Forces protect their native land, and this gives the strongest possible motivation.
“They fight for freedom, and this always increases any strength. They defend the truth, which means they defend the future of Ukraine.
“We are proud of you, we admire you, thank you.
“To each and every one! With deep respect – the President of Ukraine. Glory to the Ukrainian Armed Forces! Glory to Ukraine!”
Russia invaded Ukraine on 24th February in what the Kremlin is still calling a “special military operation”. Today marks the 287th day of the war.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that between 24th February and 7th December, Russia had lost about 92,740 personnel, 2,935 tanks, 5,909 armoured combat vehicles, 1,923 artillery units, 395 multiple launch rocket systems, 211 air defence systems, 281 warplanes, 264 helicopters, 1,601 drones, 592 cruise missiles, 16 warships, 4,526 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, and 163 units of special equipment.
Russia has claimed that its casualties have been much lower but provides infrequent updates on its latest figures.
The governor of the Russian region of Kursk Oblast, Roman Starovoyt has said that a drone attack has set fire to an oil storage tank at an airfield some 280 kilometres (175 miles) from the Ukrainian border.
The attack comes a day after two military airfields were also reportedly attacked deep inside Russia’s territory.
One of the attacks reportedly hit the Engels airfield in the Saratov region, which is where Russia houses some of its strategic nuclear bombers.
Kyiv has not directly claimed responsibility for the attacks, with the United States saying on Tuesday that it had not “enabled” Ukraine to carry out strikes inside Russia.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said: “We have neither encouraged nor enabled the Ukrainians to strike inside of Russia.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin has reportedly convened his Security Council following the alleged drone strikes.
The Kremlin has said that Putin has met with senior officials to discuss “domestic security”, adding that Moscow was taking “necessary” steps to protect itself from further attacks.
Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov has said that he agrees with Blinken that there needs to be peace in Ukraine, but he added that Russia does not see peace talks as a possible option “at the moment”.
Peskov added that for peace talks to be able to take place, Russia would first need to achieve the goals of its “special military operation”.
The Ministry of Health of Ukraine has requested that regional authorities suspend non-essential surgeries at the country’s hospitals due to the ongoing power blackouts caused by waves of Russian missile strikes on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure.
EU officials have said that they will make sure that Ukraine gets EUR 18 billion in financial aid. The move comes after Hungary said it would block the funds from being released, with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban also accused of “holding hostage” funds destined for Ukraine’s hospitals.
Orban’s government has been accused of “cynical obstructionism” after Hungary said on Tuesday that it would block the EUR 18 billion in aid.