The images show the Ukrainian drone honing in on a URAL truck and hitting it while soldiers were unloading materials from it to fortify their position.
The images were obtained from the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine on Monday, 4th December, along with a statement saying: “I look, I see, I hit!
“In the Kupian direction, border guards of the ‘Steel Border’ offensive guard brigade discovered and destroyed an enemy URAL.
“The kamikaze drone flew into the car at the moment when building materials were being unloaded from it to set up positions.”
Russia invaded Ukraine on 24th February 2022 in what the Kremlin is still calling a “special military operation”. Today marks the 649th day of the full-scale war.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that between 24th February 2022 and 4th December 2023, Russia had lost about 332,810 personnel, 5,580 tanks, 10,401 armoured combat vehicles, 7,961 artillery units, 913 multiple launch rocket systems, 602 air defence systems, 323 warplanes, 324 helicopters, 6,017 drones, 1,569 cruise missiles, 22 warships, 1 submarine, 10,451 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, and 1,141 units of special equipment.
Russia has claimed that its casualties have been much lower but provides infrequent updates on its latest figures.
Ukraine has launched an inquiry after two of its soldiers were reportedly filmed being shot dead by Russian troops as they tried to surrender near the town of Avdiivka.
Russia has been trying to take the town for two months and has made little progress despite losing large numbers of infantry and armoured vehicles.
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky has said that there are “intense battles” at dozens of locations on the frontlines, including in the eastern towns of Maryinka, Avdiivka and Bakhmut, as well as in the Kharkiv region and in Kherson, in southern Ukraine.
Ukraine’s Air Force said today, on Monday, 4th December, that Russia had fired 23 drones and a cruise missile at Ukraine overnight.
Ukraine’s Air Force added that 18 of the drones and the missile were shot down.
The authoritarian President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, has praised his country’s “reliable” friendship with China during talks with his counterpart Xi Jinping in Beijing.
British Foreign Secretary David Cameron will travel to Washington DC on Wednesday for his first visit to the US in his new role.
He is expected to meet with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and discuss support for Ukraine, according to the UK Foreign Office.
The Ukrainian authorities said on Sunday that Ukraine and Poland will open an additional border crossing for trucks to reach Kyiv after other crossings were blocked for weeks by protesting Polish drivers.