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Ukrainian Artillery Gunners Blow Up Hidden Russian Anti-Aircraft System In Kharkiv Region

The images were obtained from the State border service of Ukraine on Monday, August 22. 

This footage reportedly shows Ukrainian artillery gunners blowing up a hidden Russian anti-aircraft system in the Kharkiv region.

The vehicle can be seen hidden among some trees on the edge of a forest in the Kharkiv region but this apparently did not stop it from being spotted by Ukrainian forces.

The footage, which appears to have been shot by a drone, shows it being blown up, with black smoke rising into the air.

After the smoke clears, the remains of the vehicle, reportedly a Soviet-era ZSU-23-4 ‘Shilka’, can be seen before the footage ends.

The images were obtained from the State border service of Ukraine on Monday, August 22, who said that the vehicle was a ZSU-23-4 ‘Shilka’. They also said in a statement: “Burn, burn bright: border guards and gunners destroy one more enemy anti-aircraft system.

“During aerial reconnaissance in Kharkiv Oblast, border guards, together with the Defense Forces of Ukraine, detected an enemy anti-aircraft vehicle. Then they inflicted fire damage on the target and destroyed the enemy’s equipment.”

The ZSU-23-4 ‘Shilka is a lightly armored, Soviet-era, self-propelled, radar-guided anti-aircraft weapon system.

Zenger New contacted the State border service of Ukraine 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 still calling a “special military operation”. Tuesday marks the 181st day of the war.

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that between February 24 and August 23, Russia had lost about 45,550 personnel, 1,921 tanks, 4,238 armored combat vehicles, 1,033 artillery units, 266 multiple launch rocket systems, 146 air defense systems, 234 warplanes, 198 helicopters, 817 drones, 196 cruise missiles, 15 warships, 3,150 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, and 99 units of special equipment.

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

Ukrainian border guards destroy Russian anti-aircraft vehicle “Shilka” in Kharkiv region in Ukraine in undated footage. The ZSU-23-4 “Shilka” is a lightly armored Soviet self-propelled, radar-guided anti-aircraft weapon system.  (@DPSUkraine/Zenger).

General Valerii Zaluzhnyi, 49, the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, said on Monday, August 22, that almost 9,000 Ukrainian military personnel have been killed since the beginning of Russia’s invasion.

Russia’s security agency, the FSB – successor to the KGB – has accused Ukraine of killing Daria Dugina. The 29-year-old, whose father is Russian political commentator Alexander Dugin, 60, an ultranationalist Russian ideologue and Vladimir Putin ally, was killed in a car bomb on the outskirts of Moscow on Saturday night.

The FSB has claimed that a Ukrainian woman from the Azov Regiment was behind the killing, but former Russian MP and lawmaker Ilya Ponomarev, currently in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv, has claimed that the attack was carried out by Russian partisans from a group allegedly called the National Republican Army.

Ponomarev claimed that the National Republican Army is an underground group in Russia geared toward overthrowing Putin’s regime. Ponomarev said: “This attack opens a new page in Russian resistance to Putinism.”

We have not been able to independently verify either of these claims.

The United Nations’ Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, has reiterated his demand that fighting ceases at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant – Europe’s largest. Guterres said, on Monday, August 22, that the world was at a “maximum moment of danger”, describing the situation at the plant as critical, as shelling in the area continues.

Picture shows a destroyed Russian anti-aircraft vehicle “Shilka”, which was destroyed by Ukrainian border guards in Kharkiv region in Ukraine in undated footage. The ZSU-23-4 “Shilka” is a lightly armored Soviet self-propelled, radar-guided anti-aircraft weapon system. (@DPSUkraine/Zenger).

Russia has requested that the United Nations Security Council meet to discuss the Zaporizhzhia plant, according to Russian state-owned news agency RIA.

The United States, the United Kingdom, Germany and France have urged for military restraint around the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant.

Ukrainian soldiers who surrendered to Russian forces after the Siege of Mariupol have accused Moscow of torture.

The only bridge across the Dnipro River in the city of Kherson, which is occupied by Russian forces, has been hit by U.S.-supplied HIMARS rockets, according to Russian independent news agency Interfax.

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