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Russian military reveals firing positions while shooting at Ukrainian flag attached to balloons

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A giant Ukrainian flag over occupied Donetsk City. Screenshot from a video.

In an attempt to shoot down a giant Ukrainian flag carried by air balloons from the Ukrainian-controlled town of Avdiivka to Russian-occupied Donetsk City in the Donetsk Oblast (eastern Ukraine) on 9 September, the Russian military revealed their firing positions, according to Vitalii Barabash, the head of the Avdiivka Military Administration, Novynarnya reported.

According to Vitalii Barabash, the Ukrainian Armed Forces used information about Russian firing positions to strike at them.

“When the Ukrainian flag flew from Avdiivka to Donetsk, the Russians tried to shoot it down with all the means at their disposal and revealed all their firing positions. And yesterday [on 9 September], the 110th Brigade worked very hard on this,” Vitalii Barabash said.

Launching the Ukrainian flag over occupied Donetsk on Avdiivka’s City Day has become a traditional annual event. This time, the flag was so big that it had to be unfurled at the stadium.

“To be honest, it was probably the most successful flag launch [from Avdiivka to Donetsk – ed.] ever. For several hours, the Ukrainian flag was flying over occupied Donetsk. I had a lot of messages from people living in the occupied territory, who told me they are waiting for the liberation of Donetsk,” Vitalii Barabash said.

On 9 September, a massive flag of Ukraine attached to red and black balloons launched by the Ukrainian military and volunteers from neighboring Avdiivka flew into occupied Donetsk. The flag floated over several districts of occupied Donetsk and landed in the Leninsky district of the city.

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