The Ukrainian National Guard has said that Russian forces are using incendiary weapons against them in the Donetsk region.
But they added that their troops are holding firm and are not giving them any ground–even when the “fiery rain” causes the ground under their feet to burn.
Video footage shows a rain of fire descending on Ukrainian positions at night, with a field then shown burning. Large flames can be seen burning near the person filming as the footage ends.
The images were obtained from the Western Territorial Administration of the National Guard of Ukraine on Tuesday, August 30, along with a statement saying: “The occupiers fire at the National Guardsmen with incendiary ammunition.
“National Guard fighters in the Donetsk region are holding the line of defense under round-the-clock heavy shelling.
“It happens that the ground literally burns under their feet, but the National Guardsmen steadfastly perform their tasks and do not allow the enemy to advance.
“The video shows how the occupiers fire at our soldiers with incendiary ammunition, which, like fiery rain, falls from the sky and turns everything around into ashes. Thank you to our boys and girls who, with their heroism and self-sacrifice, allow us to see stars in the sky, not a fiery avalanche.”
Zenger News contacted the Western Territorial Administration for further comment, as well as the Russian Ministry of Defense, but had not received a reply at the time of writing.
Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24 in what the Kremlin is still calling a “special military operation.” Wednesday marks the 189th day of the war.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that between February 24 and August 31, Russia had lost about 47,900 personnel, 1,974 tanks, 4,312 armored combat vehicles, 1,091 artillery units, 285 multiple launch rocket systems, 152 air defense systems, 234 warplanes, 204 helicopters, 849 drones, 196 cruise missiles, 15 warships, 3,236 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, and 103 units of special equipment.
Russia has claimed that its casualties have been much lower, but provides infrequent updates on its latest figures.
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