Story By: Ana Marjanovic, Sub-Editor: Michael Leidig, Agency: Newsflash
This is the moment when a Ukrainian drone drops a grenade into a trench where Russian troops are gathered with pinpoint accuracy.
The footage opens with an aerial shot of the trench, in which a handful of Russian soldiers can be seen apparently discharging their firearms at the filming drone.
The drone can then be seen dropping a grenade, which the soldiers seem to notice at the last minute and try to scarper, but it is too late, and it lands in the trench.
The blast sends smoke everywhere and causes some of the troops to fall down. Some can still be seen moving afterwards, but it is not clear if any were injured or killed.
Newsflash obtained the video without comment from the 24th Mechanised Brigade (24th OMBR) of the Ukrainian Ground Forces yesterday (Tuesday, 7th June).
The Centre for Strategic Communications, which is part of the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine, said (in Ukrainian): “This is how Ukrainian defenders destroy the occupiers!
“The enemy could not hide even in the trenches, our soldiers aimed at the occupier from the sky.
“The video was published by the 24th OMBR named after King Daniel.
“Such a fate awaits every invader who tries to come to our land with weapons.”
It is not clear where exactly in Ukraine the footage was filmed and what model of drone the brigade used to drop the grenade.
In related news, more than 1,000 Ukrainian troops captured in Mariupol have been transferred to Russia, according to Russian media.
Satellite imagery has shown significant damage in the key eastern Ukrainian city of Sievierodonetsk, where heavy fighting is ongoing.
The Ukrainian military said this morning that Ukrainian positions had come under “intense fire” around Avdiivka, Novopavlivska and Zaporizhzhia.
It added that storming operations were underway around Slovyansk and that Russia had also intensified its aircraft use around Bakhmut.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported this morning that between 24th February and 8th June, Russia had lost 31,500 personnel, 1,393 tanks, 3,429 armoured fighting vehicles, 703 artillery pieces, 213 multiple launch rocket systems, 96 anti-aircraft systems, 212 warplanes, 178 helicopters, 559 tactical unmanned aerial vehicles, 125 cruise missiles, 13 warships, 2,406 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, and 53 units of special equipment.
Today marks the 105th day of the invasion.