Ukrainian Artillery Destroys Russian Self-Propelled Gun And Military Truck Near Bakhmut

These images show Ukrainian artillery destroying a Russian self-propelled gun and a military truck near Bakhmut.

The footage shows Russian soldiers fleeing as their position, a treeline between two fields, is hit, with the south gun and a military truck reportedly destroyed as a result.

The images were obtained from the 28th Separate Mechanized Brigade named after the Knights of the Winter Campaign of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on Thursday, 20th April. They said the images were filmed in Bakhmut.

Local media reported that the images show a Russian self-propelled 2S7 Pion gun and a military truck being destroyed.

Russia invaded Ukraine on 24th February 2022 in what the Kremlin is still calling a “special military operation”. Today marks the 421st day of the full-scale war.

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that between 24th February 2022 and 20th April 2023, Russia had lost about 184,420 personnel, 3,667 tanks, 7,120 armoured combat vehicles, 2,825 artillery units, 539 multiple launch rocket systems, 285 air defence systems, 308 warplanes, 293 helicopters, 2,386 drones, 911 cruise missiles, 18 warships, 5,707 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, and 332 units of special equipment.

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

Ukrainian artillery destroys Russian self-propelled 203mm cannon “2S7” and military truck Near Bakhmut in Donetsk region in Ukraine in undated footage. The footage was released by the 30th separate mechanized brigade on Thursday, Apr. 20, 2023. (@28mechanizedbrigade/Newsflash)

Lloyd Austin, the US Secretary of Defence, said in Sweden on Wednesday that the United States is looking forward to welcoming the country into NATO before July.

He added that the United States will encourage Turkey and Hungary to ratify Sweden’s membership.

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The public broadcasters of Sweden, Finland, Norway and Denmark have said that Moscow has a fleet of suspected spy ships working in the North Sea.

But Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov has denied the accusations and called them “baseless”.

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The United States has announced USD 325 million in new military aid to Ukraine, including HIMARS ammunition and advanced missiles, as well as anti-tank mines.

The European Commission has proposed EUR 100 million in compensation for EU farmers affected by recent influxes of Ukrainian grain in a bid to calm tensions with countries in Central and Eastern Europe.

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Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister, Oleksandr Kubrakov, has said that grain ship inspections are resuming after a two-day hiatus, under an agreement brokered by the United Nations to safely export Ukrainian grain from Black Sea ports.