KYIV ($1=29.56 Ukrainian Hryvnias) — 2S4 Tyulpan 240mm self-propelled heavy mortar [SPHM] of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation and part of the Main Missile and Artillery Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation [GRAU] was destroyed from the air due to television broadcasting, according to Ukrainian sources. The incident happened recently, and the video was released on May 21.
A Russian journalist was broadcasting on Russian television about the capabilities of the heavy mortar. Ukrainian sources claim that a certain Ukrainian unit watched the report and thanks to satellite images and reconnaissance drones, combining the photos taken, they [Ukrainian troops] were able to determine the exact position of the 2S4 Tyulpan.
The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine also confirmed this information, saying that the concretely televised 2S4 Tyulpan 240mm self-propelled heavy mortar understood the problem that television broadcasting could cause and tried to leave its position, but it was too late and the mortar has been bombed. 2S4 Tyulpan 240mm is completely destroyed. It is not known if the mortar’s crew survived.
240mm 2S4 Tyulpan SPHM
240mm Tyulpan SPHM is a Russian self-propelled heavy mortar designed during the Soviet Union in the early 70s of the last century and accepted into service in the armed forces of the USSR in 1972. About 600 units have been produced by this mortar so far, and its production stopped in 1988.
2S4 Tyulpan is in service in three countries: Russia, Syria, and Ukraine, but was previously part of the armament of two more: Czechoslovakia and Iraq. This mortar has extensive combat experience and has participated in the Soviet-Afghan War, Iran-Iraq War, First Chechen War, Second Chechen War, Syrian Civil War, and War in Donbas.
The mortar weighs 30 tons and is equipped with 20 mm armor. The main armament is 240 mm [9.4 in] mortar. It also has secondary armament, which consists of a 7.62 mm PKT machine gun.
The V59 V-12 liquid-cooled diesel engine powers 2S4 Tyulpan providing 520 horsepower distributed at 17 horsepower per tonne. The maximum speed at which it moves is 62 km / h and after its tank is refueled it can cover a maximum distance of 420 km.
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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