This footage shows how militiamen load pro-Russia propaganda leaflets into projectiles and then blast them over Ukrainian-held territory.
The leaflets call for Ukrainian troops to give up their weapons and surrender to enemy forces.
Newsflash obtained the video from the People’s Militia of the LPR (Luhansk People’s Republic) yesterday (Tuesday, 24th May).
The pro-Russia separatist forces said (in Russian): “The People’s Militia strives to save the lives of Ukrainian soldiers and calls for them to lay down their arms.”
Zvezda – a Russian state-owned nationwide TV network run by the Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) – said the footage was filmed near the city of Zolote, which is currently under the control of the LPR.
It said the shells were fused to explode mid-air so that the leaflets would scatter over a large area in Ukrainian-held territory.
The leaflets, according to Zvezda, contain detailed information on the procedure for giving up weapons and voluntarily surrendering safely to pro-Russia forces.
The shells containing the leaflets are seen being blasted in the footage by 2S1 Gvozdika Soviet self-propelled howitzers.
The 2S1 Gvozdika entered service in 1972 and is currently operated by the respective militaries of several countries, including both Russia and Ukraine.
An LRP People’s Militia artilleryman named Vadim was quoted as saying: “We give the last warning to the Ukrainian Nazis to surrender. Or we will replace the shells with live ones, and then they will not have time to write farewell letters home.”
When Russia invaded Ukraine on 24th February, Russian President Vladimir Putin called it a “special military operation” to “demilitarise and denazify” Ukraine.
The Kremlin is still calling the invasion a “special military operation” but now says the goal is to “protect Donbass”.
Even though Moscow’s stated aim has changed, the Russian military still frequently refers to enemy troops as “Nazis” or “nationalists”.
In its latest briefing earlier today, the Russian MoD said (in English): “In total, 178 Ukrainian airplanes and 126 helicopters, 1,006 unmanned aerial vehicles, 322 anti-aircraft missile systems, 3,258 tanks and other armored combat vehicles, 430 multiple launch rocket systems, 1,671 field artillery and mortars, as well as 3,155 units of special military vehicles were destroyed during the operation.”
Meanwhile, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said Russia had lost about 29,450 soldiers and officers, “1,305 tanks, 3,213 armored fighting vehicles, 606 artillery systems, 201 MLR systems, 93 air defense systems, 206 warplanes, 170 helicopters, 491 operational and tactical level UAVs, 112 cruise missiles, 13 warships/cutters, 2,217 other vehicles and tanker trucks, and 44 pieces of special equipment” over the same period.
Today marks the 91st day of the invasion.