This is the moment Russian soldiers load up their Msta-S 152-mm self-propelled howitzers and fire at Ukrainian targets.
The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) said on 12th May: “Artillery units of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation carry out firing missions to destroy enemy artillery batteries, fortifications, weapons and military equipment, and suppress command posts.
“The crew fired at ranges of up to 30 kilometres.
“The artillery unit is capable of destroying fortifications by using high-explosive shells that cause maximum damage to fortifications, including underground concrete fortifications of the enemy.”
The footage shows Russian troops loading the howitzers and shooting in formation under tree cover.
Russian troops invaded Ukraine on 24th February in what the Kremlin is still calling a “special military operation”. Today marks the 78th day of the campaign.
From 24th February to 12th May, the total combat losses of Russian troops stand at around 26,650 personnel, according to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
The Ukrainian military also claims that Russia has lost 1,195 tanks, 2,873 armoured fighting vehicles, 534 artillery systems, 191 multiple launch rocket systems, 87 anti-aircraft systems, 199 warplanes, 161 helicopters, 2,019 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, 13 vessels, 398 unmanned aerial vehicles, 41 units of special equipment and 94 cruise missiles.
This week, Vladimir Putin addressed a huge military parade on Red Square in Moscow to commemorate the defeat of Nazi Germany at the hands of the Soviet Union in World War II.
The Russian President used his speech to claim that Russian troops in eastern Ukraine were “defending the motherland”. He also said that the “special military operation” in Ukraine was necessary and provoked by the West.
Meanwhile, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has warned that the Russian blockade of Black Sea ports threatens global food supplies.