This is a moment a Ukrainian drone strike kills a Russian soldier in close range on the front line.
The grainy images appear to show a Russian soldier sitting ducks in a remote part of rural Ukraine.
The soldier gets the surprise of his life as a Ukrainian drone swiftly moves towards him and his military hardware.
He fires a couple of rounds at the incoming drone – but it’s too late. He’s blown to smitheerens upon impact. Smoke and fire rise from where he was last standing.
This comes as Russia continues its invasion of Ukraine, with Kyiv’s forces coming to the end of their counteroffensive.
FPV drone hits a Russian soldier point-blank that tried to shoot it down, some ammo goes off
While reports have indicated that Ukraine’s counteroffensive hasn’t achieved what many expected it would, the country’s president remains optimistic.
Meanwhile, White House spokesperson John Kirby claimed this week that Russia has lost “at least a brigade of troops” during fighting in the city of Avdiivka, in the Donetsk region.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky spoke to UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak this week and told him Russia has suffered “painful losses”.
He said: “The invaders made several attempts to surround Avdiivka, but each time our soldiers stopped them and threw them back, causing painful losses. In these cases, the enemy lost at least a brigade.”
While Ukraine’s drone strike captured on camera is a sign that they are making life difficult for the Russians, experts believe that Ukrainian forces are actually falling behind in the ‘drone war’.
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Melissa Haring, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council who just returned from a trip to the frontlines in Ukraine, told Insider: “The Ukrainians are way behind the Russians on drones, and this is the future of the war.
“Ukraine doesn’t have enough drone pilots, and they don’t have enough sophisticated drones.”
She added: “[I] went to a drone school. I got to see a bunch of drones.
“A lot of the pieces are poor quality. They’re shoddy. They’re made in Chinese factories, and there’s no attention to detail. They’re missing pieces. They’re broken when they arrive.
“I think the disappointing part to me is that the Ukrainian government has made a big deal out of this, and when you talk to a local activist and people who are trying to fill this need on the ground, they’ll say that the government effort is not enough, and that the subsidies that the government has committed is not enough.
“And that’s why, of course, Ukrainian civil society is jumping into the gap, again, and it’s training drone pilots and buying drones itself.”
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