Line Of Fire: Entire Russian Column Destroyed By Drone-Guided Artillery
These images show how a drone apparently helped Ukrainian forces to target and destroy a column of Russian military equipment.
Zenger News obtained the images from the 14th Separate Mechanized Brigade of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, named after Prince Roman the Great, on Wednesday, April 13.
They said: “Princely artillery skilfully and confidently cleans the Ukrainian space.”
The images appear to show Ukrainian ordnance hitting Russian positions. Large plumes of smoke can be seen rising into the sky as a line of Russian military equipment is apparently hit by missiles.
The Ukrainians reportedly used BM-21 ‘Grad’ systems to hit the Russians and were assisted by a Turkish-made Bayraktar TB2 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).
The BM-21 ‘Grad’ is a truck-mounted 122-mm multiple rocket launcher that was designed in the Soviet era.
The UAV is said to have assisted them by correcting their aim, as it can target enemy forces from a considerable distance without entering their air defense zone.
It then relays the targeting information to artillery units on the ground, allowing them to strike with greater precision.
It is currently unclear where in Ukraine the images were filmed, and Zenger News was unable to independently verify them, but the 14th Separate Mechanized Brigade is based during peacetime in the city of Volodymyr, in Volyn Oblast, in north-western Ukraine.
Its patron is the medieval ruler Roman the Great (1168-1170), a Grand Prince of Kyiv and a Kievan Rus prince who waged two successful military campaigns against the Cumans, an eastern, nomadic, Turkic people.
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