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The US Supreme Court’s abortion ruling, load shedding, the floods in Kwa-Zulu Natal, some ridiculous story about Kim Kardashian or another celebrity we shouldn’t care about one iota.
With everything that’s going on and our incredibly short attention spans, it’s sometimes easy to forget that there’s a war being fought in Ukraine.
By now, you’ve heard the stories and seen the photos showing the ruined lives and rubble left behind. In the Ukrainian town of Popasna, that is very clearly illustrated in a 22-minute video shot by a surveillance drone.
As CNN points out, the video offers insight “into the importance of drones in modern warfare, as well as the Russian approach to combat and the last-ditch resistance of Ukrainian units”:
The drone video shows that every property in the middle of the town is destroyed or damaged. Most appear to have been hit by Russian artillery or rocket fire…
The drone video was originally posted by a pro-Russian Telegram channel and appears to have been taken by a Russian military drone.
The drone appears to have been used to assist Russian infantry in hunting down the last Ukrainian defenders of the area.
When the Ukrainian soldiers are located, the drone hovers in place and the soldiers move in.
Aside from showing how bombed out the town is, you can also see Russian soldiers tossing grenades from the 13:45 mark before opposition forces are taken down:
There are some who believe the Russian soldiers are actually with the Wagner Group, a private military contractor that has operated in multiple conflicts around the world.
Separate drone footage also appears to show Mariupol’s Azovstal Steelworks being pounded by possible thermobaric bombs. The Telegraph reports:
“Unfortunately, we have lost touch with the guys and we can’t know if they are safe or not,” Vadym Boichenko, Mariupol’s mayor, said on Ukrainian TV on Wednesday.
Ukrainian MP David Arakhamia said Russian troops had entered the territory of the steelworks, which has withstood days of heavy shelling and artillery strikes.
It really is video game-esque but with real-life consequences:
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