A video that has gone viral on social media shows the terrifying moments when a Ukrainian drone dropped grenades on a Russian soldier, who grabbed the grenades and threw them away before they exploded.
A Ukrainian drone purportedly captured the footage of an injured Russian soldier hiding in a trench. News curator Visegrad24 posted the video on November 6; however, the precise location of the incident is unknown.
Russian soldier catches 2 bombs dropped by a Ukrainian drone and throws them away after catching them.
Crazy footage. pic.twitter.com/m0EF1OV6hp
— Visegrád 24 (@visegrad24) November 5, 2022
The video shows grenades descending from the drone and landing on the alleged Russian soldier. A grenade hits his back in the first strike but does not detonate. He grabs the grenade and tosses it away.
He is seen crouching in the trench when a second grenade falls near his hands. The soldier again throws it away, and it explodes a few meters away. The third grenade landed a few meters away and exploded, but the soldier was unharmed.
Nonetheless, the video is barely 40 seconds long. It does not show whether the drone made more attempts to target the Russian soldier or whether he successfully escaped the Ukrainian drone strike.
However, according to many claims, the incident occurred in the spring, and the Russian soldier survived. Many Twitter users claimed the violent and unsettling footage highlights the dangers Russian personnel face on the battleground.
Increasing Use Of Drones
The conflict between Russia and Ukraine has entered its eighth month, and drones have been critical for both warring sides. The Ukraine war has witnessed a significant increase in the use of inexpensive consumer drones.
The drones flown by military personnel and civilians captured in-depth imagery of the conflict, allowing the rest of the world to witness the fighting firsthand.
Recently, Ukrainian forces demonstrated loitering munitions’ potential in naval conflict for the first time. Kyiv attacked Russian Black Sea Fleet warships using aerial and sea drones.
Russia is also targeting Ukrainian vessels with drones on a large scale. On November 4, 2022, Russian news outlet Ria Novosti posted a video showing Russian soldiers using a Lancet loitering munition to strike a Ukrainian Gyurza-M-class patrol boat.
The gunboat was motionless and seemed to have its engines stopped when the Lancet drone attacked the ship from the port side. Neither side has formally acknowledged the attack’s location.
But a retired Russian Navy officer named “Capt Navy” on Twitter alleged that the event had occurred in the Kakhovsky Reservoir’s waters (on the Dnieper River).
Meanwhile, Iran’s government acknowledged supplying military drones to Russia. However, according to Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, the country’s foreign minister, the drones were given “months before the Ukraine war.”
A small number of armed drones were given to Russia, said Hossein Amir-Abdollahian. The minister refuted claims that Iran has kept supplying drones to Russia even after the conflict broke out on February 24, 2022.
On November 5, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said, “This fuss made by some western countries that Iran has provided missiles and drones to Russia to help the war in Ukraine – the missile part is completely wrong. The drone part is true, and we provided Russia with a small number of drones months before the Ukraine war.”
On the other hand, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the president of Ukraine, blamed Iran for concealing the full nature of its role in the conflict. He asserted that Ukraine shoots down at least ten Iranian drones per day.
Recently, Russian forces have utilized Iranian-made Shahed-136 drones to attack civilian targets, including Ukrainian power plants. Ukraine has recorded these attacks on several occasions.
Several photographs purported to depict the tail of a Shahed-136 loitering munition were posted online by the Ukrainian military.
According to multiple reports, Iran provided Russia with surveillance and combat drones to bolster its capabilities in Ukraine. Following the beginning of the full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, cooperation between Iran and Russia significantly increased.