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Drone Footage Reveals Column of Russian UAVs Decimated in Eastern Ukraine

Newly released footage captures what appears to be Ukrainian forces launching a devastating aerial attack on a column of Russian armored vehicles in eastern Ukraine. 

Drone Footage of Destruction of Russian Convoy

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The footage, believed to be captured by a Ukrainian drone, provides a striking view of a convoy of Russian armored vehicles traversing the Ukrainian countryside.

Armored Vehicles Attempt to Run Away

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The video shows the vehicles attempting to change direction after an airstrike, as soldiers evacuate the convoy.

Vehicles Turn to Scrap Metal

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Smoke billows from some of the vehicles, culminating in a final shot revealing a vehicle engulfed in flames.

The Ukrainian Defense Ministry account that posted the video on X described the destroyed vehicles as “scrap metal.”

Origin and Verification of the Video

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While the exact time and location of the footage remain undisclosed by Kyiv, it is attributed to Ukraine’s Shadow Unit, known for its expertise in drone operations and artillery tactics.

Targeted Assault on Novomykhailivka

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The video was purportedly filmed during another Russian assault on Novomykhailivka, a village situated in eastern Ukraine near the city of Donetsk, currently under Russian control.

Numerous Attempts by Russia

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Novomykhailivka has been a focal point of recent clashes, with the Ukrainian military reporting numerous attempts by Russian forces to breach defensive lines.

Escalation in Eastern Donetsk Region

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Recent geolocated footage suggests Russian advances south of Novomykhailivka, according to reports from the Institute for the Study of War (ISW).

39 Breaches Around Town

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The Ukrainian military reported 39 attempted breaches of defensive lines around Novomykhailivka within 24 hours, with Moscow targeting nearby villages as well.

Russian Offensive Strategy

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Simultaneous offensives by Russian forces in northeastern Ukraine, near Svatove, Kreminna, and Kupiansk, have intensified the conflict.

Broader Strategy

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These maneuvers are part of a broader Russian effort to consolidate control in strategic areas, including recent withdrawals by Ukrainian forces from villages west of Avdiivka.

Assessment of the Frontline Situation

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Despite Ukrainian withdrawals from certain areas, Russia’s multi-axis offensive operations continue to pose challenges for Ukrainian defense forces.

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