Shocking footage appears to show the moment eight Russian soldiers are killed by Ukrainian artillery fire.
During the video, which is yet to be verified, a squad of Russian soldiers can be seen fanning out from a building in an unknown location in Ukraine.
The clip then cuts to the aftermath of the artillery fire, with giant plumes of smoke billowing out from the building where the soldiers were last seen running from.
The footage, which appears to have been taken from a drone, then pans out to reveal the scene of devastation, with dead soldiers strewn among debris.
It’s unclear where and when the footage was taken but it comes amid crushing losses on the Russian side as Ukraine’s counteroffensive grinds on.
A Ukrainian attack on a strategic shipyard early on Wednesday in Russia-annexed Crimea wounded 24 people, damaged two ships undergoing repairs and caused a fire at the facility, Russian authorities reported.
The attack in the port city of Sevastopol, which serves as the main base for Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, took place as Moscow launched drones against southern Ukraine’s Odesa region.
The pre-dawn onslaught there damaged port and civilian infrastructure in the region’s Izmail district — not far from the Crimean city — and wounded seven people, three seriously, Gov. Oleh Kiper said.
Ukraine’s air force said it intercepted 32 of 44 Shahed-type drones launched over the country overnight, most of them directed toward the southern parts of the Odesa region.
The fighting occurred as Russian President Vladimir Putin hosted North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during a summit that the US has warned could lead to a deal to supply Moscow’s depleted troops in Ukraine with arms.
Kim offered his full support for Russia’s “just fight” and said the two reached an agreement to deepen their “strategic and tactical cooperation and solidarity in the struggle to defend sovereign rights and security”.
The Crimean Peninsula, which Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014 in an act that most of the world considered illegal, has been a frequent target since Putin ordered a full-scale invasion of Ukraine more than 18 months ago.
Last month, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy vowed to do all he can to bring back Crimea and has urged international allies to support the effort.
On Monday, Ukraine claimed it recaptured strategic gas and oil drilling platforms in the Black Sea that Russia seized in 2015.
Russia had used the platforms to stage weapons and launch helicopters, and Ukraine said it would help it regain Crimea.
Wednesday’s attack on the Sevastopol Shipyard attack appeared to be one of the biggest in recent weeks.
Russia’s Defense Ministry said Ukraine launched 10 cruise missiles at the shipyard and three sea drones at Russian ships in the Black Sea.
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