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Mykolaiv Paratroopers Turn Captured Russian Self-Propelled Artillery Gun Against The Invaders

 A captured Russian 2S9 Nona self-propelled artillery gun fired on unseen Russian positions while camouflaged in a forested area.

These images show how Mykolaiv paratroopers have turned a captured Russian self-propelled mortar gun against the invaders.

The footage shows a captured Russian 2S9 Nona self-propelled artillery gun firing on unseen Russian positions while camouflaged in a forested area.

It can then be seen maneuvering to a new location while being piloted by Ukrainian troops before it again opens fire on Russian positions, as the footage ends.

The images were obtained from the Command of the Ukrainian Air Assault Forces on Sunday, July 31, along with a statement saying: “Mykolaiv paratroopers tell how they destroy the invaders with a trophy self-propelled artillery gun.

“Soldiers of the artillery unit of the 79th Separate Amphibious Assault Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine [have revealed] the peculiarities of firing missions from the 2S9 Nona self-propelled artillery gun – captured in battle as trophy equipment.

“For a long time, the artillery system has faithfully served the Armed Forces of Ukraine, successfully destroying its former masters.

“In general, paratrooper artillerymen note that the following combat vehicles were destroyed: one tank, one BMP, three BBM ‘Tigers’, automobile equipment and enemy manpower.

“Death to the Russian invaders! Glory to DShV [the Ukrainian Air Assault Forces]! Glory to Ukraine!”

The 2S9 Nona is a self-propelled, air-droppable mortar gun on caterpillar tracks that was designed by the Soviet Union and entered service in 1981. BMPs are a series of infantry fighting vehicles that were also first designed by the Soviet Union, while BBM stands for ‘armored combat vehicle’.

Mykolaiv paratroopers destroy Russian military positions by the 2S9 “Nona” trophy gun in Ukraine in undated footage. The 2S9 NONA is a self-propelled and air-droppable 120 mm mortar designed in the Soviet Union. (@dshv.mil.gov.ua/Zenger)

Zenger News contacted the Command of the Ukrainian Air Assault Forces for further comment, as well as the Russian Ministry of Defense, but had not received a reply at the time of writing.

Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24 in what the Kremlin is calling a “special military operation”. Monday marks the 159th day of the invasion.

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that between February 24 and August 1, Russia had lost about 41,030 personnel, 1,768 tanks, 4,011 armored combat vehicles, 932 artillery units, 259 multiple launch rocket systems, 117 air defense systems, 223 warplanes, 190 helicopters, 736 drones, 174 cruise missiles, 15 warships, 2,912 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, and 82 units of special equipment.

Russia has claimed that its casualties have been much lower, but provides infrequent updates on its latest figures.

Vadym Skibitsky, Ukraine’s deputy head of military intelligence, has said that Russia is moving large numbers of soldiers to the south of the country in a bid to take up defensive positions ahead of an expected Ukrainian counteroffensive to retake territory occupied by Russian forces since the beginning of the invasion.

Mykolaiv paratroopers fire from the 2S9 “Nona” trophy gun on the Russian military positions in Ukraine in undated footage. The 2S9 NONA is a self-propelled and air-droppable 120 mm mortar designed in the Soviet Union. (@dshv.mil.gov.ua/Zenger)

Skibitsky said: “They are increasing their troop numbers, preparing for our counteroffensive [in southern Ukraine] and perhaps preparing to launch an offensive of their own.”

Ukraine’s Ministry for Reintegration of the Temporary Occupied Territories has urged hundreds of thousands of civilians to evacuate frontline areas of the eastern Ukrainian region of Donetsk.

The ministry said: “They need to be evacuated, you cannot put them in mortal danger in the winter without heating, light, without the ability to keep them warm.”

The southern Ukrainian port city of Mykolaiv was hit by Russian strikes early on Sunday morning in what Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky has described as “probably the most brutal” attack on the city since the beginning of the war.

Mykolaiv Mayor Oleksandr Senkevych also said that the missile strikes were probably the heaviest Russian bombardments of the city so far.

Russian military equipment burns after it was destroyed by a 2S9 “Nona” trophy gun in Ukraine in undated footage. The 2S9 NONA is a self-propelled and air-droppable 120 mm mortar designed in the Soviet Union.  (@dshv.mil.gov.ua/Zenger)

One of the richest men in Ukraine, Oleksiy Vadatursky, 74, along with his wife Raisa, were killed when a missile hit their home in Mykolaiv. Vadatursky, who had received the “Hero of Ukraine” award, owned Nibulon, a company that is involved in exporting grain and was reportedly worth $450 million in 2020, according to Forbes.

The first ship carrying grain has left the Ukrainian port of Odesa as part of a landmark deal between Ukraine and Russia and overseen by Turkey and the United Nations.

The Joint Coordination Center (JCC) in Istanbul, which was established as part of the deal, said the ship was carrying approximately 26,000 tons of corn and is expected to arrive in Turkish waters on Tuesday for inspection.

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