KYIV, ($1=30.25 Ukrainian Hryvnias) — A Ukrainian reconnaissance drone has filmed a Russian tank with a clearly marked letter ‘Z’ on the white oil tower, firing several artillery shells at a residential building in Mariupol for no reason and destroying it.
The video clearly shows several things: the tank fires at the apartment building several times, one part of the apartment building falls and the tank retreats after this part of the apartment building fall, the tank continues to fire at the other part of the apartment building. At one point, the turret with the weapon systems and the main artillery cannon rotates, and the letter ‘Z’ engraved on the turret is clearly visible.
Defence-Blog.com writes: “A heavy combat vehicle almost completely demolishes a multi-story building where more than 16 people were trapped.”
A second video circulating on social media shows a Russian 2S1 Gvozdika self-propelled howitzer standing in the middle of an entire residential complex in Mariupol and firing artillery shells indirect fire at 360-degree residential buildings around the howitzer.
Ukrainian intelligence and the government added that Ukrainian soldiers trapped and surrounded in Azovstal iron and steelworks continue to be shelled by Russian forces. Moscow, meanwhile, denied the allegations, saying “there are no ongoing attacks on the Azovstal steel plant” [Russian President Vladimir Putin’s words].
152mm shell hit tank near Azovstal
As we reported on April 29, one of the most active followers of the war in Ukraine – Ukraine Weapons Tracker [Twitter account] published a video claiming that a Russian laser-guided 152mm artillery shell struck and destroys a Ukrainian tank near the Azovstal plant in Mariupol, Ukraine.
There is no information on whether the video reflects events that took place in the last 24 hours, or since the beginning of the siege of the Ukrainian Azovstal iron and steelworks – the last and occupied bastion of the Ukrainian military unit known as Azov.
Twitter compresses each published video to the size so that it meets the requirements of the social network. At first, it is difficult to predict whether the target is a tank or other armored vehicle. When you stop the video in a certain frame and clear the brightness, it becomes clear that it really is a tank.
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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