Russian mercenaries storm trenches and fight door-to-door in rare close combat footage

Ukraine: Russian forces attack Ukrainian troops in Popasna

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Notorious guns-for-hire from Russia’s Wagner Group have been filmed by a drone clearing a Ukrainian army position in the battle for the strategically important town of Popasna in eastern Ukraine. The Wagner squad can be seen moving up into position through the devasted town close to a row of bombed-out houses where Ukrainian troops are hold-up.

As the four Russian soldiers close in on the sheltering Ukrainian a series of explosions can be seen as the two sides exchange grenades. 

The entire clash is recorded by what is thought to be a Russian surveillance drone monitoring the skirmish.

Later on, the Ukrainian defenders can be seen surrendering and being forced to lie on their stomachs before being marched away. 

The combat footage was originally posted on pro-Russian Telegram channels with the video later geolocated and verified for authenticity by western news outlets. 

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It comes as fresh Russian attacks in Donetsk on Tuesday killed 21 civilians and injured 27, regional governor Pavlo Kyrylenko said.

He said the figure was the highest daily death toll in the region since last month.

Attacks and shelling also intensified in Luhansk, with the most difficult area being Popasna, where it was impossible to organize evacuations, regional governor Serhiy Haida said.

“There are no safe cities in Luhansk region,” he said on Telegram.

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Russia’s defense ministry said its forces had struck a military airfield near the Black Sea port of Odesa with missiles destroying drones, missiles and ammunition supplied to Ukraine by the United States and its European allies.

Ukraine said three missiles targeted the Odesa region and all were intercepted.

Russian forces turned their heaviest firepower on Ukraine’s east and south after failing to take Kyiv, the capital, as it seeks to limit Ukraine’s access to the Black Sea, vital for its grain and metal exports.

Pummelled by Western sanctions, Russia now faces new measures from the EU that would target its oil industry and banks.

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The proposed new sanctions were expected to be detailed on Wednesday.

Moscow showed no signs of pulling back, nearly 10 weeks into a war that has killed thousands, destroyed cities and driven 5 million Ukrainians to flee abroad.

“Russia’s own $1.8 trillion economy is heading for its biggest contraction since the years following the 1991 break-up of the Soviet Union.

“The Russia military reacted today with great anger to our successes,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said in his evening address. “The sheer scale of today’s shelling clearly does not indicate that Russia has any special sort of specific military aim.”

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