This menacing footage shows the tremendous firepower of Soviet 2S7M Malka self-propelled artillery as it discharges projectiles into the sky over Ukraine.
The video shows how Russian squaddies are dwarfed by the huge guns, which pack a blast so powerful it can physically incapacitate an unprepared soldier or crew member near it from concussive force.
Newsflash obtained the clip from the Ministry of Defence (MoD) of the Russian Federation earlier today (Friday, 27th May), which said (in Russian): “Combat work of crews of self-propelled artillery mounts of high power 2S7M ‘Malka’.
“‘Malka’ has a 203 mm caliber gun and is designed to solve special tasks – suppression and elimination of especially protected command posts, artillery, mortars, armoured vehicles, rear areas, enemy manpower.
“The rate of fire of the gun is up to 2.5 rounds per minute, the range is about 50 kilometres.
“Modern Orlan-10 unmanned aerial vehicles are used for timely target detection, data transmission and fire adjustment.”
The Russian MoD did not specify what targets the projectiles struck or where in Ukraine the footage was filmed.
The 2S7M Malka entered service in 1983 and – along with its earlier variant, the 2S7 Pion – is operated by a handful of countries, including both Russia and Ukraine.
In related news, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said the Donbas could be left uninhabited by the ongoing invasion and accused Russia of carrying out a “genocide” in the region.
The city of Sievierodonetsk is currently suffering an onslaught of Russian shelling and there are reports of three explosions overnight in the city of Dnipro.
The death toll from shelling in Ukraine’s second-largest city Kharkiv yesterday has now reached nine people, including a baby.
And President Zelenskyy said last night that lives are lost in Ukraine every moment the West delays putting more pressure on Russia.
His foreign minister Dmytro Kuleba said Ukraine would not be able to counter the Russian offensive without more heavy weapons.
US officials said the Biden administration was considering supplying Ukraine with the M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System.
The maximum firing range of the light multiple rocket launcher developed in the late 1990s for the United States Army is 186 miles.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported earlier today that from 24th February to 27th May, Russia had lost about 29,750 troops in addition to 1,322 tanks, 3,246 armoured fighting vehicles, 623 artillery systems, 201 multiple launch rocket systems, 93 air defence systems, 206 warplanes, 170 helicopters, 503 unmanned aerial vehicles, 115 cruise missiles, 13 warships, 2,226 military vehicles and fuel tankers, and 48 units of special equipment.
While the Russian MoD reported earlier today that over the same period, Ukraine had lost 179 warplanes, 127 helicopters, 1,019 unmanned aerial vehicles, 323 air defence systems, 3,266 tanks and armoured fighting vehicles, 433 multiple launch rocket systems, 1,682 artillery systems, and 3,190 military vehicles.
Russia invaded Ukraine on 24th February in what Russian President Vladimir Putin initially called a “special military operation” to “demilitarise and denazify” Ukraine.
The Kremlin is still calling it a “special military operation” but now says the goal is to “protect Donbass”. Today marks the 93rd day of the invasion.