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.

Newsflash obtained the images from the 14th Separate Mechanised Brigade of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, named after Prince Roman the Great, on Wednesday, 13th April.

They said: “Princely artillery skilfully and confidently cleans the Ukrainian space.”

Bayraktar drone helped the Armed Forces of Ukraine destroy a convoy of Russian military equipment in April 2022. (@14ombr/Newsflash)

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.

Bayraktar drone helped the Armed Forces of Ukraine destroy a convoy of Russian military equipment in April 2022. (@14ombr/Newsflash)

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 defence 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 Newsflash was unable to independently verify them, but the 14th Separate Mechanised Brigade is based during peacetime in the city of Volodymyr, in Volyn Oblast, in north-western Ukraine.

Bayraktar drone helped the Armed Forces of Ukraine destroy a convoy of Russian military equipment in April 2022. (@14ombr/Newsflash)

Its patron is the mediaeval ruler Roman the Great (1168-1170), a Grand Prince of Kiev and a Rus’ prince who waged two successful military campaigns against the Cumans, an eastern, nomadic, Turkic people.

The war in Ukraine is intensifying in the eastern part of the country, amid claims from Russia and its Chechen allies that over 1,000 Ukrainian soldiers have surrendered in Mariupol, with Russia claiming to have gained complete control over the besieged city.

But the Ukrainian Ministry of Defence has said that it has no information regarding any surrender, with Ukrainian forces insisting that they are still holding out.

Bayraktar drone helped the Armed Forces of Ukraine destroy a convoy of Russian military equipment in April 2022. (@14ombr/Newsflash)

The Chechen leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, had claimed that Ukrainian forces had surrendered in Mariupol, sharing images that appeared to show intense house-to-house gun battles and grinning Chechen special forces lobbing grenades at Ukrainian positions while shouting “Allahu Akbar!” (‘Allah is the greatest!” in Arabic).

The International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor, Karim Khan, has labelled Ukraine a “crime scene” amid mounting evidence that Russian war crimes have been committed against civilians in the towns and villages they occupied and which have since been liberated.

The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, one of the world’s biggest regional security-oriented intergovernmental organisations, which has observer status at the United Nations, has issued a report stating that Russia has committed international human rights violations in Ukraine.

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