Ukrainian Forces Destroy Russian Comms Tower Using American Guided Artillery Shell

These images show how Ukrainian forces destroyed a Russian communications tower using an American guided artillery shell.

The footage shows the Russian-controlled communications tower being hit by the American-made Ukrainian ordnance.

The video first shows a building next to the tower being hit before the tower itself is also targeted and hit.

The images were obtained from the Ground Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on Friday, 24th March, along with a statement saying: “Artillery accuracy. The enemy installed a number of its antennas for PEP and REB on the communication tower. This was prevented by the artillery of the 92nd Separate Mechanized Brigade with the help of an M982 Excalibur.”

The M982 Excalibur is a type of American guided artillery shell.

Russia invaded Ukraine on 24th February 2022 in what the Kremlin is still calling a “special military operation”. Today marks the 394th day of the full-scale war.

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that between 24th February 2022 and 24th March 2023, Russia had lost about 169,170 personnel, 3,574 tanks, 6,921 armoured combat vehicles, 2,616 artillery units, 511 multiple launch rocket systems, 276 air defence systems, 305 warplanes, 290 helicopters, 2,208 drones, 911 cruise missiles, 18 warships, 5,464 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, and 277 units of special equipment.

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

Speaking to the European Union on Thursday, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky again asked for additional long-range weapons from his Western allies.

EU leaders also approved a plan, which had been previously agreed by foreign ministers earlier this week, to provide Ukraine with one million artillery shells over the next year.

Zelensky has visited the southern Ukrainian region of Kherson, vowing to rebuild following Russia’s invasion.

General Oleksandr Syrskyi, the Commander of the Ground Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, has said: “The aggressor does not give up hope of taking Bakhmut at any cost, despite the losses in manpower and equipment.”

Ukrainian fighters destroy Russian communication tower and the near building in Ukraine in undated footage. The footage was released by the Ground forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on Friday, Mar. 24, 2023. (@92OMBr/Newsflash )

Syrskyi added that Russia is losing “considerable strength” and that “very soon we will take advantage of this opportunity, as we once did near Kyiv, Kharkiv, Balakliia and Kupiansk”.

These are all areas that Ukraine has liberated from Russian occupation since the beginning of Moscow’s full-scale invasion.

Ursula von der Leyen, the President of the EU Commission, has said that the EU will work to find some 16,200 Ukrainian children who have been deported to Russia.

She said that only 300 children had been returned to Ukraine so far, calling it a reminder of “the darkest times in our history”.

The Deputy Secretary of Russia’s Security Council, Dmitry Medvedev, has said that Russia’s relations with the West are at an all-time low, adding that the threat of nuclear conflict “has grown”.

He added: “Every day when they provide Ukraine with foreign weapons brings the nuclear apocalypse closer.”

He also said that any attempt made to arrest Russia’s President Vladimir Putin would constitute a declaration of war against Russia.

Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban has said that he would not arrest Putin if he entered the country.

Sauli Niinisto, the President of Finland, has signed legislation to make his country a member of NATO.