Images purport to point out forces of the pro-Russia Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) firing salvos from a number of rocket launcher autos at Ukrainian positions.
The footage begins by exhibiting a helicopter crossing the sky earlier than chopping to what seem like two BM-21 Grad a number of rocket launcher autos.
One of the autos will be seen flying what seems to be a pirate cranium and crossbones flag whereas the opposite seems to fly the Russian flag, with the Russian coat of arms on it. Both autos have a white “Z” daubed on their aspect.
A soldier will be seen talking right into a walkie-talkie, with the autos within the background, earlier than they immediately begin firing their missiles at unseen targets.
The footage was obtained from the People’s Militia of the DPR Wednesday morning, together with a press release saying that the pictures present “artillerymen of the 9th regiment of the [People’s Militia of the] DPR striking at the positions of Ukrainian nationalists.”
A spokesman for the DPR stated: “The artillery unit of the 9th Regiment of the People’s Militia of the DPR will inflict fire damage on military concentrations of enemy manpower.”
A DPR officer additionally stated: “We will suppress the firing points from where artillery shelling of Donetsk, Makeevka, Yasinovataya is carried out.
“Now our drone is flying there, we are going to establish the goal. There are quite a lot of them there, we attempt to destroy their crews as a lot as potential, we work with counter-battery fight.
“Basically we have to lie in the field, because you are under fire, you need to have high endurance and strong nerves.
“I want to say Dear Vladimir Vladimirovich (Putin), you and I do know that in tough instances we’ve remained devoted to Russia.”
An official statement from the DPR issued Wednesday morning reads: “Over the previous 24 hours, based on data from the DPR JCCC [Joint Center for Control and Coordination of the Ceasefire Regime], the enemy fired greater than 400 shells from Uragan and BM-21 Grad a number of launch rocket techniques, in addition to from 155-, 152- and 122-mm cannon artillery, in addition to 120-mm mortars.
“The ordnance was fired at the districts of 13 settlements of the Republic. As a result of the shelling, one civilian was killed and 13 were injured, of which 3 were children. Twenty-nine residential buildings, seven civilian infrastructure facilities and one vehicle were damaged.
“Information about injured civilians and harm to infrastructure is being decided. The joint actions of the army personnel of the Donetsk People’s Republic and the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation destroyed the next enemy weapons and army gear: one BM-21 Grad MLRS, one M-777 howitzer, two vehicles and greater than 30 personnel. Two enemy firing factors have been suppressed within the areas of the settlements of Avdiivka and Kurdyumovka.”
Zenger News contacted Russian and Ukrainian officials for comment but had not received a reply at the time of writing.
Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24 in what the Kremlin is still calling a “particular army operation.” Wednesday marks the 119th day of the invasion.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that between February 24 and June 22, Russia had misplaced about 34,230 personnel, 1,496 tanks, 3,614 armored fight autos, 752 artillery items, 239 a number of launch rocket techniques, 99 air protection techniques, 216 warplanes, 182 helicopters, 614 drones, 137 cruise missiles, 14 warships, 2,543 motor autos and gas tankers, and 60 items of particular gear.
This story was supplied to Newsweek by Zenger News.