Russia Says It Destroyed Ukrainian Self-Propelled Artillery Using Kamikaze Drone

Russia has said that it has destroyed a Ukrainian self-propelled artillery unit using a kamikaze drone.

The footage purports to show the Russian kamikaze drone honing in on its target, which appears to be a camouflaged military vehicle, and hitting it with the images then cutting to another drone filming the action from above.

The images were obtained from the Russian Ministry of Defence on Wednesday, 17th May, along with a statement claiming: “Cluster ordnance destroyed a 2S1 ‘Gvozdika’self-propelled artillery mount of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

“A UAV team detected the combat vehicle and it was subsequently destroyed by a precise hit from cluster ordnance.

“The footage of the strike was captured by a Russian drone.”

We have not been able to independently verify the claims or the footage.

Russia invaded Ukraine on 24th February 2022 in what the Kremlin is still calling a “special military operation”. Today marks the 449th day of the full-scale war.

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that between 24th February 2022 and 18th May 2023, Russia had lost about 201,100 personnel, 3,773 tanks, 7,373 armoured combat vehicles, 3,198 artillery units, 563 multiple launch rocket systems, 318 air defence systems, 308 warplanes, 294 helicopters, 2,759 drones, 990 cruise missiles, 18 warships, 6,073 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, and 418 units of special equipment.

Russian Lancet kamikaze drone destroy Ukrainian 2S1 Gvozdika self-propelled artillery mount in Ukraine in undated footage. The footage was released by Russian MoD on Wednesday, May, 17, 2023. (Ministry of Defense of Russia/Newsflash)

Russia has claimed that its casualties have been much lower but provides infrequent updates on its latest figures.

The Black Sea grain deal has been extended for an additional two months, with United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres saying that it was “good news for the world”.

The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has said that Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba told a top Chinese diplomat during talks in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv that his country would not accept any peace proposals that involved freezing the conflict or losing territory.

On Wednesday, Ukraine denied that a Russian hypersonic missile had taken out a US-made Patriot missile defence system during an air strike on the Ukrainian capital Kyiv.

US officials have said that a Patriot missile defence system had most likely been damaged but did not appear to have been destroyed.

Ukrainian military spokesperson Serhiy Cherevatyi has said that his side has made fresh advances in Bakhmut. He reportedly said: “We are successfully conducting a defensive operation, counterattacking and during this day our units have penetrated up to 500 metres in some parts of the Bakhmut front.”

UK Defence Minister Ben Wallace has said that Britain can help Ukraine’s military by enabling other countries to supply fighter jets and other military equipment if they wish to do so.

He said: “What we can obviously contribute is training and support, again, within limits, because we don’t have F16 pilots.”

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