Watch: Pro-Russian Forces Fire Salvos at Ukrainian Positions

Images purport to show forces of the pro-Russia Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) firing salvos from multiple rocket launcher vehicles at Ukrainian positions.

The footage begins by showing a helicopter crossing the sky before cutting to what appear to be two BM-21 Grad multiple rocket launcher vehicles.

One of the vehicles can be seen flying what appears to be a pirate skull and crossbones flag while the other appears to fly the Russian flag, with the Russian coat of arms on it. Both vehicles have a white "Z" daubed on their side.

A soldier can be seen speaking into a walkie-talkie, with the vehicles in the background, before they suddenly start firing their missiles at unseen targets.

DPR combat work in Ukraine
Footage obtained from the People's Militia of the Donetsk People's Republic on Wednesday reportedly shows "artillerymen of the 9th regiment of the DPR striking at the positions of Ukrainian nationalists." @unmdnr/Zenger

The footage was obtained from the People's Militia of the DPR Wednesday morning, along with a statement saying that the images show "artillerymen of the 9th regiment of the [People's Militia of the] DPR striking at the positions of Ukrainian nationalists."

A spokesman for the DPR said: "The artillery unit of the 9th Regiment of the People's Militia of the DPR will inflict fire damage on military concentrations of enemy manpower."

A DPR officer also said: "We will suppress the firing points from where artillery shelling of Donetsk, Makeevka, Yasinovataya is carried out.

"Now our drone is flying there, we will identify the target. There are a lot of them there, we try to destroy their crews as much as possible, we work with counter-battery combat.

"Basically we have to lie in the field, because you are under fire, you need to have high endurance and strong nerves.

"I would like to say Dear Vladimir Vladimirovich (Putin), you and I know that in difficult times we have remained faithful to Russia."

An official statement from the DPR issued Wednesday morning reads: "Over the past 24 hours, according to information from the DPR JCCC [Joint Center for Control and Coordination of the Ceasefire Regime], the enemy fired more than 400 shells from Uragan and BM-21 Grad multiple launch rocket systems, as well as from 155-, 152- and 122-mm cannon artillery, as well as 120-mm mortars.

"The ordnance was fired at the districts of 13 settlements of the Republic. As a result of the shelling, one civilian was killed and 13 were injured, of which 3 were children. Twenty-nine residential buildings, seven civilian infrastructure facilities and one vehicle were damaged.

"Information about injured civilians and damage to infrastructure is being determined. The joint actions of the military personnel of the Donetsk People's Republic and the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation destroyed the following enemy weapons and military equipment: one BM-21 Grad MLRS, one M-777 howitzer, two trucks and more than 30 personnel. Two enemy firing points were suppressed in the areas of the settlements of Avdiivka and Kurdyumovka."

Zenger News contacted Russian and Ukrainian officials for comment 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." Wednesday marks the 119th day of the invasion.

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that between February 24 and June 22, Russia had lost about 34,230 personnel, 1,496 tanks, 3,614 armored combat vehicles, 752 artillery units, 239 multiple launch rocket systems, 99 air defense systems, 216 warplanes, 182 helicopters, 614 drones, 137 cruise missiles, 14 warships, 2,543 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, and 60 units of special equipment.

This story was provided to Newsweek by Zenger News.