KYIV, ($1=29.50 Ukrainian Hryvnias) — The Ukrainian armed forces hastily built a container launcher mounted on a 4×4 chassis of a truck for the MBDA Brimstone missiles, which Britain delivered, as BulgarianMilitary.com already reported. The MBDA Brimstone missiles are designed specifically for the UK and can be fired from the air and land.
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A video published on the Russian social network VКontakte shows an ordinary military transport truck on which a station for launching British missiles is mounted.
BulgarianMilitary.com has already reported at least two documented cases in which Ukraine’s armed forces have used British supplies. The first case was on May 6, when a post accompanied by photos on social media revealed the remains of the already successfully used Brimstone MBDA.
Two days later [May 8] new photos appeared as evidence of the use of another MBDA Brimstone missile near Zaporizhzhya Oblast. In this particular case, however, the missile did not hit the target, nor did it blow up its warhead.
Despite the documented use of British-delivered Brimstone MBDA missiles in Ukraine, and despite the shared video of the custom-built launcher, there is still no information on the type of launcher used to launch the Brimstone missile.
Brimstone Sea Spear [maritime surface-launched wepoan system] is being discussed as a possible option on social media. This is a variant of the anti-tank guided missile built by the MBDA for the Royal Air Force. According to the manufacturer, the Brimstone Sea Spear is modular and can be integrated into different types/classes of ships.
According to the MBDA, the missile has proven itself in Afghanistan, Libya and Syria. Tests of the company say that Sea Spear has successfully fought with many goals. One of the targets, according to the manufacturer, was a 15-meter boat that could develop 20 knots.
This missile has the following technical data: length: 1.8 meters, diameter 180 millimeters, weight: 50 kilograms, range 10-12 kilometers.
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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