Ukrainian armed forces have released footage of the moment of 2S7 Pion heavy artillery strikes on Russian vehicles at an industrial facility.
The drone that Ukrainian soldiers employed to monitor the movements of Russia’s military assets appears to have caught overhead footage of the Russian facility in southern Ukraine. The Ukrainian Ministry of Defence have pinpointed a substantial number of Russian tanks, armoured cars and supply trucks gathered within what appears to be an industrial complex.
The Russian troops stationed in and around the factory site appear to be caught unaware by the sudden incoming fire.
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The Ukrainian Army has added annotations to the facility that specify the position of major pieces of military weaponry.
These vehicles are subsequently struck one by one with pinpoint accuracy.
The shelling sets fire to parts of the complex, with a flame breaking out in what looks to be fuel storage.
After ending weeks of resistance by the last Ukrainian fighters in the strategic southeastern port of Mariupol, Russia is waging a major offensive in Luhansk, one of two provinces in Donbas.
Russian-backed separatists already controlled parts of Luhansk and the neighbouring Donetsk province before the invasion, but Moscow wants to seize the remaining Ukrainian-held territory in the region.
The Russian defence ministry said on Sunday its forces pounded Ukrainian command centres, troops and ammunition depots in Donbas and the Mykolayiv region in the south with air strikes and artillery.
Ukraine’s general staff reported continued heavy Russian shelling of twin cities Sievierodonetsk and Lysychansk in the Luhansk region.
The cities, separated by the Siverskiy Donets River, form the eastern part of a Ukrainian-held pocket that Russia has been trying to overrun since mid-April after failing to capture Kyiv and shifting its focus to the east and south of the country.
The end of fighting in Mariupol, the biggest city Russia has captured, has given Vladimir Putin a rare victory after a series of setbacks in nearly three months of combat.
The last Ukrainian forces holed up Mariupol’s vast Azovstal steelworks have surrendered, the Russian defence ministry said on Friday.
While Ukraine has not confirmed all its forces have left, the commander of the Azov regiment, one of the units in the factory, said in a video that Ukraine’s military command had ordered the forces in Mariupol to stand down in order to preserve their lives.