Watch: Lancet UAV diving and destroying Buk-M1 air defense system

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MOSCOW ($1=61.53 Russian Rubles) — A Russian kamikaze drone [loitering munition] dived and destroyed the Buk-M1 anti-aircraft missile system. Another drone of the same model destroyed an M777[A2] 155mm towed howitzer.

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The short video was released today, October 29th. However, it is not clear when it was filmed. The video has the logo of the Russian online media ZvezdaNews. According to the commentary on the video, the drones are from the inventory of the Russian Armed Forces, and the two weapon systems were destroyed in the Kherson region.

According to the online portal Oryx, as of now, including these two weapon systems destroyed, Ukraine has lost 4 units of M777[A2] 155mm towed howitzers and already 12 Soviet-designed Buk-M1 air defense systems.

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. Moscow also 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.

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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. Putin ordered Russian troops, including tanks, to enter the regions.

On 24 February 2022, 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. The invasion followed also by targeted tanks entering via 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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