Soldiers try to escape burning Russian trench

This is the moment Russian soldiers attempt to flee a trench as it goes up in flames.

Aerial footage shows the aftermath of a missile strike on a dug-in Russian position on the Ukrainian front line.

Russian soldiers are seen running for their lives as fire rips through trench.

One soldier appears to clamber out of the trench to safety but another is not so lucky.

He’s seen helplessly rolling about next to the trench as flames engulf his body.

It marks yet another setback for Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine as his units meet stiff resistance on the battlefield.

Russia is ramping up its attacks in response ahead of what many observers fear will be a long winter of attrition.

It fired almost a dozen Shahed drones against Ukrainian targets and falling debris from an intercepted drone damaged power lines near a nuclear plant in the country’s west, knocking out electricity to hundreds of people, officials said on Wednesday.

Ukraine’s air force said it stopped all the drones that were launched.

For the fourth day in a row, the Kremlin’s forces took aim at the Ukrainian region of Khmelnytskyi, injuring 16 people, according to local authorities.

Ukraine’s Ministry of Energy Infrastructure said falling drone wreckage in Khmelnytskyi broke windows in the administrative building and the laboratory of the local nuclear plant and knocked out electricity to more than 1,800 customers.

The plant is about 200 kilometers (120 miles) east of the border with Poland.

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky said his country’s air defenses are preparing for another winter of Russian attacks on energy infrastructure as the war enters its 21st month.

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But Kyiv also plans to take the fight to Russia through its ongoing counteroffensive, he said.

“This year we will not only defend ourselves, but also respond,” Zelensky said. “The enemy knows this well.”

Last winter, Moscow’s drones and missiles zeroed in on Ukraine’s power grid, hoping to erode the country’s will to resist Russia’s invasion by denying civilians heating. Ukraine said it was an effort to weaponize winter.

Ukrainians are bracing for another onslaught.

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