The Ukrainian special forces have reportedly destroyed 20 enemy targets in a single night including eight Russian tanks and three howitzers.
The footage shows a number of Russian war machines being hit by Ukrainian ordnance at night in large explosions.
The images were obtained from the Security Services of Ukraine (SBU) on Thursday, 9th November, along with a statement saying: “A new record from the CSO ‘A’ unit of the SBU’s ‘White Wolf’: 20 destroyed targets overnight.
“Our special forces created real hell for the Russian occupiers. And scattered the darkness with the fire of burnt enemy equipment: eight tanks, three SAU ‘Msta-C’, three ‘D-30’ howitzers, 1 BBM, five fortifications with at least 17 Russian infantrymen.
“Working on to complete Victory!”
Russia invaded Ukraine on 24th February 2022 in what the Kremlin is still calling a “special military operation”. Today marks the 625th day of the full-scale war.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that between 24th February 2022 and 10th November 2023, Russia had lost about 309,520 personnel, 5,317 tanks, 10,017 armoured combat vehicles, 7,489 artillery units, 877 multiple launch rocket systems, 578 air defence systems, 322 warplanes, 324 helicopters, 5,595 drones, 1,558 cruise missiles, 20 warships, 1 submarine, 9,876 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, and 1,060 units of special equipment.
Russia has claimed that its casualties have been much lower but provides infrequent updates on its latest figures.
At least five people have been killed after Ukrainian forces reportedly hit a base belonging to the FSB, Russia’s spy service, in the occupied city of Skadovsk, in the Kherson region of southern Ukraine.
Anton Gerashchenko, an official advisor and former Deputy Minister at the Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs, said: “So the occupiers are well aware they not safe, that they are being watched and can be destroyed at any time.
“Ukraine uses high-precision Western weapons for these strikes.”
The Ministry of Defence of the United Kingdom has said that Russia’s military forces are being overextended and that the Kremlin will most likely need to reallocate surface-to-air missile systems from far-flung parts of its territory to maintain coverage over Ukraine.
Germany has issued new defence policy guidelines for the first time in over 10 years.
The document details the ‘Zeitenwende’, a major policy shift announced by German Chancellor Olaf Scholz following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.
German Defence Minister Boris Pistorius said: “With the Zeitenwende, Germany becomes a grown-up country in terms of security policy.”
He also said: “As the most populous and economically strong country at the heart of Europe, Germany must be the backbone of deterrence and collective defence in Europe.”
Hungary has said that the European Union should not start membership talks with Ukraine, suggesting instead that Kyiv should have a form of “privileged partnership” rather than full membership.
The leaders of EU member states are expected to decide next month whether to accept the European Commission’s recommendation to invite Ukraine to begin membership talks with the bloc.
Ukraine’s Minister for European Integration, Olga Stefanishyna, has said that her country will be able to overcome Budapest’s opposition to it becoming an EU member.
She said: “We understand that there is such a statement, but we also understand there is a dialogue with Budapest.”