Watch: Russian UAVs Distribute Pamphlets, Encouraging Ukrainian Troops to Yield
12:08 18.11.2023 (Updated: 14:56 18.11.2023)
Russian President Vladimir Putin said in October that Ukraine's counteroffensive had failed, resulting in the loss of more than 90,000 Ukrainian troops, despite the deployment of NATO-trained brigades and military equipment provided by the West. Russia has repeatedly said that Western aid is not helping to resolve the conflict.
The Russian Armed Forces' Dnepr Battlegroup has used "specially equipped drones" to drop leaflets calling on Ukrainian soldiers to surrender, a source familiar with the situation told Sputnik. The Dnepr Battlegroup is stationed in the Kherson area.
The source added that apart from the calls to lay down the arms, the leaflets contain "detailed instructions on how to do so" in a safe manner.
According to the insider, scores of Ukrainian soldiers, who earlier surrendered to the Russian army thanks to the leaflets, are currently safe and sound.
A video obtained by Sputnik showed heaps of the flyers being dropped from a Russian unmanned aerial vehicle on what looked like positions of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
On February 24, 2022, Russia began its special military operation in Ukraine, aiming to liberate and defend the inhabitants of the Donbass region. Putin explained that the special military operation in Ukraine is aimed to "protect people who have been subjected to genocide by the Kiev regime for eight years."