KYIV, UKRAINE — A fence net caught a Russian kamikaze drone. This prevented the drone from detonating the Polish Krab self-propelled howitzer. Accounts on Twitter spread photos capturing the moment of capture.
The photos show the Polish self-propelled howitzer covered on all sides by a fence net. A practice increasingly used by the Ukrainian armed forces. In this way, they protect their weapon systems in the open from Lancet drone attacks. It can be seen that the howitzer is clearly in the open. There are traces of mud around the tracked chassis of the Crab.
It is not the first time that photos showing an unexploded Russian drone arrive from Ukraine. We showed a foiled attack of the same drone model at the end of December. Then the Lancet drone got stuck in the branches of a tree, under which was a Ukrainian T-72 tank.
ZALA Lancet drone
ZALA Lancet entered the war in Ukraine in the second half of 2022. From then until today, there are many reports and evidence of successful attacks against enemy weapon systems. It can be said that among the Russian drones used in the war, the Lancet is the best performer.
Lancet can carry 3 kg of payload. The drone weighs 12 kg. Its stay in the air is reduced to a maximum of 40 minutes. Lancet flies at a maximum speed of between 80 km/h and 100 km/h. Using the power of kinetic energy, Lancet can hit a target at 300 km/h. The drone only develops this speed when it targets a target. The operational range of the drone is 5,000 meters.
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 regions 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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