Watch: FGM-148 Javelin destroys Russian tank, UAV bombs another
KYIV, ($1=30.21 Ukrainian Hryvnias) — Evidence has emerged more and more in recent weeks, mainly through the publication of videos or photos of Ukraine’s armed forces using weapons donated to them by partner countries.
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A video released by the General Staff of the Ukrainian Army claims that the Russian tank was blown up in the Donetsk region by the 25th separate Sicheslav Airborne Brigade. It is assumed that the video was recorded soon, as in recent days this particular Ukrainian landing brigade reported successes in Donetsk. The General Staff of the Ukrainian Army claims that FGM-148 Javelin was used to destroy this Russian tank.
The powerful explosion suggests that the anti-tank missile hit ammunition on the tank or the ammunition compartment in the tank. BulgarianMilitary.com recalls that the United States announced the delivery of 5,000 Javelin missiles to the Ukrainian armed forces. Yesterday [May 9], BulgarianMilitary.com reported that the United States has increased Javelin’s production.
Another video recorded by a drone camera shows another Russian tank destroyed by a Ukrainian drone by dropping air-delivered improvised ammunition. Sources do not say when or where the video was recorded, but say the Ukrainian drone was under the command of Ukraine’s 503rd Marine Battalion.
First use of Switchblade 300 kamikaze
On May 6 BulgarianMilitary.com reported that, officially, the Ukrainian armed forces use kamikaze drones or known as loitering munition Switchblade 300, which were delivered from the United States earlier. Photos on social media show a completely destroyed drone. It is unclear whether the drone was shot down by Russian forces or fulfilled its mission.
A source claimed that the remains of the Switchblade 300 were discovered by Russian forces in the Kharkiv Oblast region. Of course, it is not possible to prove when the photos were taken and whether they were really from the cited region.
Experts suggest that the Switchblade 300 has most likely fulfilled its purpose, ie. he blew himself up, or hit, and blew up the target. Examining the photos, they noticed that only the tail [rear part] of the drone was taken in the photos. According to the design of the Switchblade 300, the explosive part is in front of the drone, ie. the explosive head is missing, which means that the drone is working as intended, but whether it hit something remains questionable.
Another proof that the Switchblade 300 was used for its intended purpose is the lack of the outer shell, which means that it burned out in an explosion. The photos also show burnt parts. However, another camera with wood screws is attached, which is strange.
There are fears that the drone has not been completely destroyed, however, and the question remains whether the Russians could access some of the technologies developed and used in the Switchblade 300.
2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine
On 21 February 2022, the Russian government claimed that Ukrainian shelling had destroyed an FSB border facility on the Russia Ukraine border, and claimed that it had killed 5 Ukrainian soldiers who tried to cross into Russian territory. Ukraine denied being involved in both incidents and called them a false flag.
On the same day, the Russian government formally recognized the self-proclaimed DPR and LPR as independent states, according to Putin not only in their de-facto controlled areas, but the Ukrainian Oblasts as a whole, and Putin ordered Russian troops, including tanks, to enter the regions.
On 24 February 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an invasion of Ukraine by Russian Armed Forces previously concentrated along the border. The invasion followed by targeted airstrikes of military buildings in the country, as well as tanks entering via the Belarus border.
Russia has so far not recognized the invasion of Ukraine as a “war”, although that is exactly what it is, claiming that it is a “special military operation”. According to the UN, in which Russia has its permanent representation, for military action to be defined as a “special military operation”, it must have a resolution issued by the UN. There is no such resolution, which automatically defines the military actions of the Russians as an invasion and war against the citizens of Ukraine.
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