A video has been released showing Russian troops poaching geese from a farm in Ukraine in preparation for a feast, before Ukrainian forces pelted them with artillery fire.
The footage was obtained from the Ukrainian State Border Service on December 2 and begins with one of the three Russian soldiers shooting a goose, while another can be seen with a dead bird at his feet.
The soldiers are then seen returning to a civilian building they appear to be occupying in the midst of the Russia-Ukraine conflict, with dead animals slung over their shoulders.
A military vehicle supposedly carrying the local Russian commander is then seen approaching the house on a nearby road.
Russian soldiers stand near geese being shot at in a residential area in Donetsk region, Ukraine
Russian soldiers enter a residential building in the Donetsk region with dead birds on their shoulders.
A Ukrainian border guard gunner stands near a Rapier gun in Donetsk region, Ukraine, ready to fire
The shells hit a residential area housing Russian forces and their poached geese in the Donetsk region of Ukraine.
While the Russians are inside, presumably anticipating a festive treat, buildings in the area are shelled by Ukrainian artillery, which is covered in a cloud of smoke as the footage ends.
“The hunters became the prey: the border guards taught the occupiers that they were ‘hunting’ the goose,” the State Border Service of Ukraine said in a statement.
“In the Donetsk region, in one of the occupied villages, with the help of a UAV, the border guards discovered the invaders who were ‘hunting’ the poultry of civilians,” the statement said.
‘The marauders fired and took the goose to one of the houses, where they had set up their command and observation post.
“The border guards reported the coordinates of the enemy to their fellow gunners, who then fired at the object with Rapier weapons and destroyed the invaders together with their unit commander, who also came for a gift.”
Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24 in what the Kremlin continues to call a “special military operation.” Today marks the 285th day of the war.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that between February 24 and December 5, Russia had lost around 91,690 troops.
Russia has claimed its casualties have been much lower, but provides infrequent updates on its latest figures.
Avril Haines, the US director of national intelligence, has said that Russian President Vladimir Putin is now “better informed” about the challenges facing his military in Ukraine.
It had previously been assessed that Putin was being shielded by his inner circle from the worst news about the performance of his troops in Ukraine.
Haines said Putin was “increasingly informed about the challenges facing the military.”
Haines also said there will likely be a ‘reduced pace’ in the fighting over the winter, adding: ‘Most of the fighting right now around Bakhmut and the Donetsk area has slowed down with Russia’s withdrawal from the western area of Kherson to the east. from the river.
“And we hope that’s what we see in the coming months.”
Heavy fighting is ongoing near the key town of Bakhmut in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine, where the Russian military has struggled for the past six months to make substantial gains.
A Ukrainian serviceman drives a tank near the Bakhmut front line in Donetsk, Ukraine, on December 4, 2022.
A wounded Ukrainian soldier helps his comrade have a drink during an evacuation in the vicinity of Bakhmut, Donetsk region, on December 3, 2022.
A commander of the Ukrainian Army’s King Danylo’s 24th Mechanized Brigade keeps warm by a campfire to avoid the bitter cold while waiting for coordinates to attack a Russian military target on December 3, 2022.
People share humanitarian aid as they struggle to live in the harsh conditions during the Russia-Ukraine war in Bakhmut, Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine on December 5, 2022.
Ukrainian forces are also said to be advancing on the east bank of the Dnipro river after taking control of the city of Kherson.
Russia has also been intensifying its artillery strikes in the Kherson region since it abandoned it and withdrew to the east bank of the river.
A draft resolution is reportedly circulating at the United Nations proposing a Nuremberg-style tribunal to hold Moscow to account for its crimes in Ukraine.
Rob Malley, the US special envoy to Iran, has said that the Islamic Republic has locked itself in a “vicious cycle” regarding the ongoing protests gripping the country and over the supply of weapons to Russia.
He said: ‘The more Iran represses, the more sanctions there will be; The more sanctions there are, the more isolated Iran feels.’
Malley added: ‘The more isolated they feel, the more they turn to Russia; the more they turn to Russia, the more sanctions there will be, the more the climate deteriorates, the less likely nuclear diplomacy will be.’
Some 500 towns in Ukraine were left without power on Sunday after weeks of Russian missile attacks on the country’s power grid, according to Ukraine’s Interior Ministry.