The images were obtained from the State Border Service of Ukraine on Thursday, August 11.
Border Guard Writes ‘For Ukraine’ On Bomb Before Drone Takes To Skies To Find Russian Targets
These images show a border guard writing “for Ukraine” on a bomb before attaching it to a drone that then drops it on a Russian target.
The video shows the Ukrainian border guard, who has not been named, writing “for Ukraine” on the small bomb with a permanent marker.
The small unmanned aerial vehicle – which appears to be an upgraded commercial drone – can then be seen being deployed with two bombs attached to it.
The operator can then be seen setting up the drone’s controller using a smartphone. The controller has the DJI brand on it. DJI is a Chinese company that makes commercial drones.
The footage then cuts to the feed from the drone’s camera as it finds a Russian target.
After apparently locating one among some trees in an urban area, it releases its ordinance, which can then be seen exploding as it hits the ground.
The images were obtained from the State Border Service of Ukraine on Thursday, August 11, along with a short statement saying: “‘For Ukraine’: border guards work on the occupiers and their equipment.
“By the way, these ‘birds’ were given to us by volunteers. Our fighters thank you for your help in destroying the enemy. Together to victory!”
The State Border Service of Ukraine – also known as the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine – is an independent law enforcement agency that answers directly to the President of Ukraine. During wartime, its units can also fall under the command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
Zenger News contacted the State Border Service of Ukraine 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”. Thursday marks the 169th day of the war.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that between February 24 and August 11, Russia had lost about 43,000 personnel, 1,846 tanks, 4,100 armored combat vehicles, 974 artillery units, 261 multiple launch rocket systems, 134 air defense systems, 232 warplanes, 193 helicopters, 772 drones, 185 cruise missiles, 15 warships, 3,018 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, and 90 units of special equipment.
Russia has claimed that its casualties have been much lower, but provides infrequent updates on its latest figures. The Pentagon said this week that Russia had suffered between 70,000 and 80,000 casualties – deaths and injuries – since the beginning of its invasion.
Ukraine has accused Russia of firing rockets from near the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant – Europe’s largest – in a move that has killed at least 13 people and wounded 10, knowing that it would be difficult for Ukraine to fire back.
Ukraine says that the Kremlin targeted Marhanets, which is a town in the neighboring Dnipropetrovsk Oblast, on the other side of the Dnieper River from the nuclear power plant, that Russia has claimed that Ukraine has previously used to shell Russian soldiers at the plant.
Ukraine’s President, Volodymyr Zelensky, said that Kyiv will not leave Russian shelling of the Dnipropetrovsk region unanswered and vowed to inflict significant damage on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s forces to end the war.
Ukraine’s Air Force has estimated that up to a dozen Russian aircraft were destroyed at the Saky airbase in Crimea on Tuesday. Ukraine has not publicly claimed responsibility. Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014.
President Zelensky has vowed to liberate Crimea and said: “This Russian war against Ukraine and against the entire free Europe began with Crimea and must end with Crimea – with its liberation.”
British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace has said the Saky airbase is a “legitimate target” for Ukraine. He said: “First and foremost, Russia has illegally invaded, not just in 2014, but now Ukrainian territory.” He added: “Ukraine, under UN articles, is perfectly entitled to defend its territory and take what action it needs to against an invading force.”
The EU has been urged to put a travel ban on Russian tourists. Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas said that “visiting Europe is a privilege, not a human right” and that it was time to “end tourism from Russia now”.
Estonia, a member of NATO since 2004, has summoned the Russian ambassador to its country and formally protested after a Russian helicopter violated its airspace on Tuesday.