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A video captured the moment in which the Ukrainian artillery destroys a Russian anti-aircraft system valued at about 15 million dollars.
Ukrainian gunners destroyed a Russian Pantsir-1S missile system, as footage shows. The system entered service with the Russian military in 2012 and is designed to protect a limited area against enemy aircraft.
The images were obtained from the Ukrainian Joint Forces Task Force, along with a statement, on Saturday, July 2. The images were also transmitted by the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
Here the moment when they destroy the Russian anti-aircraft system:
The Join Forces Task Force said: “How can a sharp hit deprive an enemy of $15 million worth of equipment? It’s very simple: when in the steppes of Donbas, Ukrainian gunners come across a highly publicized Russian ‘Pantsir-1S’ anti-aircraft system”.
They explained: “Pantsir-S1 is a Russian self-propelled anti-aircraft missile and weapon system. It is used to cover civil and military objects from air strikes. It can also protect a facility from ground and surface threats.”
“The machine was developed by the Tula Design Instrumentation Bureau. The complex was created in 1994, since then it has been modernized. At the end of 2012, the Russian army used the Pantsir-S1 air defense system″, they added.
“The deployment time of the complex is up to 5 minutes. His ammunition: 12 57E6-E missiles, 1400 shells. Missiles can hit targets at an altitude of up to 15 kilometers [9 millas] and at a distance of up to 20 kilometers [12 millas]; projectiles can fly a distance of up to 4 kilometers [2.4 millas]. The cost is $15 million dollars”.
Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24 in what the Kremlin still calls a “special military operation.” July 4 marks the 131st day of the invasion.
Russia has said it has invaded the eastern Ukrainian city of Lysychansk in Sievierodonetsk of the Luhansk Oblast region. This has now also been confirmed by the Ukrainian military, who said they had withdrawn their troops from the city after heavy fighting to “preserve the lives of the defenders”.
However, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Ukrainian forces will recapture the city “thanks to the increased supply of modern weapons.”
The fall of Lysychansk comes just over a week after the nearby city of Sievierodonetsk fell to the Russians.
Sloviansk, an eastern Ukrainian city in the Donetsk Oblast region, was hit by shelling on Sunday, July 3, killing at least six people and injuring 20 others, according to the city’s mayor, Vadim Lyakh. .
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