KYIV ($1=36.93 Ukrainian Hryvnias) — Russia is learning to use its drones in the war in Ukraine. First, Moscow launched his supposedly best drone Orlan-10, but it was a total failure. Not only was its production not advanced, and Russia had few drones of this model at the start of the war, but it was unable to meet the challenge of the Ukrainian man-portable anti-aircraft missile systems.
Apparently, Moscow is lagging behind in the production of drones because it was forced to buy drones from Iran. The Iranian drones were loitering munitions and in truth far more effective than the Russian ones. Until the Russian Lancet kamikaze drone appeared on the scene. It can be said that this is the best of the Russian drones that are taking part in the war in Ukraine.
D20 vs. Lancet loiterin munition
But despite Lancet’s successes, this drone does not always bring the desired end result. It’s one thing to blow up an enemy weapon system, it’s another to make it so that it can no longer be used. Thus, a video recently appeared showing exactly how the Lancet simply blew out the tires of a towed D20 howitzer.
The video captured the inspection of a Ukrainian soldier assessing the D20’s damage from its encounter with the Lancet. “Just a flat tire. Everyone is alive, change the wheels and it will work. We didn’t do much damage,” says the inspecting Ukrainian soldier. And in fact, that’s exactly what the video shows.
However, some Russian media outlets are calling the video fake. According to them, the video was shot from an angle that does not show the actual damage to the howitzer. Also, in the interest of the truth, if one looks closely at the video one will notice that the breech of the howitzer gun is smoking. I.e. not only are the tires flat but there is also the possibility that the cannon is damaged. But these are just opinions. The true condition of the D20 howitzer struck by the Lancet remains clear only to the soldiers operating it.
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.
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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