WAR IN UKRAINE: Russian Troops Destroy Ukrainian Targets With Deadly Malka Artillery System

This is the moment Russian troops load a Malka self-propelled artillery system and destroy Ukrainian targets.

The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) said the unit used a 2S7 Malka to carry out the attack, a Soviet self-propelled 203mm heavy artillery.

The Russian military said the self-propelled howitzer are effective at firing at enemy artillery, anti-aircraft missile systems, command posts, and areas of concentrated personnel and military equipment of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

The Russian Ministry of Defense showed the work of self-propelled 203 millimetre heavy artillery Malka hitting firing positions, command posts and areas of concentration of military equipment of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, in May, 2022. (Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation/Newsflash)

The MoD said reconnaissance work was carried out during the day and night with Russian Orlan-10 drones, able to detect enemy military targets and communicate the coordinates for carrying out a strike.

The Russian authorities claimed the Malka system destroyed Ukrainian positions at long range, adding that the enemy base was set up in a forest and was heavily fortified.

The coordinates were relayed to the Malka crew and missiles were launched with deadly precision.

The Russian Ministry of Defense showed the work of self-propelled 203 millimetre heavy artillery Malka hitting firing positions, command posts and areas of concentration of military equipment of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, in May, 2022. (Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation/Newsflash)

The Russian MoD said the Malka self-propelled artillery, developed in the Soviet Union in the second half of the 20th century, is still one of the most powerful long-range guns in the world, reaching targets up to 47 kilometres away.

Russian troops invaded Ukraine on 24th February in what the Kremlin is still calling a “special military operation”. Today marks the 96th day of the campaign.

From 24th February to 29th May, the total combat losses of Russian troops stand at around 30,150 personnel, according to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

The Russian Ministry of Defense showed the work of self-propelled 203 millimetre heavy artillery Malka hitting firing positions, command posts and areas of concentration of military equipment of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, in May, 2022. (Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation/Newsflash)

The Ukrainian military also claims that Russia has lost 1,338 tanks, 3,270 armoured fighting vehicles, 631 artillery systems, 203 multiple launch rocket systems, 93 anti-aircraft systems, 207 warplanes, 174 helicopters, 2,240 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, 13 vessels, 504 unmanned aerial vehicles, 48 units of special equipment, and 116 cruise missiles.

Last week, Ukrainian officials said Russian forces attacked over 40 towns in the eastern Donbas region.

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree that makes it easier for Ukrainians in occupied areas to become citizens of Russia.

The Russian Ministry of Defense showed the work of self-propelled 203 millimetre heavy artillery Malka hitting firing positions, command posts and areas of concentration of military equipment of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, in May, 2022. (Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation/Newsflash)

Russia has also done away with the upper age limit for contractual service in its military.

Ukraine has called Russia’s offer to lift the blockade of its Black Sea ports in return for the lifting of some sanctions “blackmail”.

The blockade has led to shortages in wheat and cooking oil across the world.

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