Ukraine - Russia Invasion conflict

According to an article published by TopWar on July 8, 2023, Russian combat reconnaissance armored vehicles, KamAZ-43269 Vystrel (BPM-97 Shot), were spotted equipped with the Epoch BM-30D remote-controlled weapon station (RCWS), also known as the 32V01 unmanned turret module, during a recent observation on their way to the operational area in Ukraine. The turret is armed with a 30mm 2A42 automatic cannon and a coaxial 7.62mm PKTM machine gun. According to our information, this is the first deployment of this vehicle in Ukraine.

According to a video published on the Telegram account of (@horevica) on July 8, 2023, Ukrainian soldiers use now the most powerful Russian thermobaric rocket launcher tracked vehicle TOS-1A that was captured last fall in Balakliia with a number of rockets. With the TOS-1A, the Ukrainian armed forces have one of the deadliest weapons from the Russian military inventory due to the use of thermobaric rockets also known as a vacuum bomb or fuel-air explosive, creating a blast that is much more devastating than conventional explosives.

The inappropriate criticisms by Ukrainians towards the AMX-10RCR which is not the standard AMX-10RC, a French reconnaissance vehicle, in the context of the Russo-Ukrainian conflict, are unwarranted and unjustified. It is crucial to understand the role and specific capabilities of this armored vehicle before making misguided judgments. The AMX-10RCR is fitted with new add-on armor composed of steel plates which provide additional protection against small arms fire and anti-tank ammunition.

According to a video published on the "Praise The Steph" Twitter account on July 1, 2023, Ukraine has received Leopard 2A4 Main Battle Tanks from its allies, fitted with Kontakt-1 ERA (Explosive Reactive Armor) mounted around the turret and hull sides. This new armor significantly reduces one of the Leopard 2A4's known weaknesses - its armor.

On July 1, 2023, a picture was released Russian social network revealing the inaugural M992 Field Artillery Ammunition Supply Vehicle (FAASV) in Ukraine, a vehicle supplied by the United States. The FAASV was spotted in the Zaporozhye area, serving as a resupply artillery vehicle for the 47th separate mechanized brigade of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

July 1, 2023 — According to information published on Social Network on June 29, 2023, Ukrainian soldiers from the 47th Mechanized Brigade have captured another Russian army T-72B3 mod 2016 also called T-72B3M, the latest generation of Main Battle Tank from the Russian T-72 family. The information was disseminated via a video published on social media on June 29, 2023.

In a recent development in the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, the Ukrainian military has successfully destroyed two SA-13 Strela-10 air defense systems. These strikes were carried out individually but on the same day, specifically on June 26, 2023, demonstrated the capabilities and coordination exhibited by Ukrainian drones and artillery units in their engagement against Russian forces. The prioritization of destroying Russian air defense systems is essential in the counteroffensive scenario, given the importance of controlling airspace in modern warfare.

In a video shared on June 26, 2023, by 'Ukraine Weapons Tracker' via their Twitter account, it was revealed that the Ukrainian National Guard successfully destroyed a Russian BMD-4M. This sophisticated tracked airborne Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) is considered to be one of Russia's most modern military assets. The encounter took place in Donetsk Oblast, a region embroiled in conflict. The Ukrainian forces employed a locally-manufactured loitering munition for the operation, underscoring their adept use of improvised military technologies.

As the war continues in Ukraine, a significant incident has transpired that underscores the growing potency of modern warfare technologies. According to a video published on social networks on June 23, 2023, the first Ukrainian CAESAR 155mm 6x6 self-propelled howitzer donated by France was destroyed by a Russian Lancet loitering munition in the Zaporizhzhia Oblast.

Exclusive footage obtained from a Telegram account by Оперативний ЗСУ reveals that the 155m self-propelled howitzer AS90 donated by the United Kingdom to Ukraine has been deployed for the first time in a combat operation against Russian forces. The video, published on June 15, 2023, showcases the AS90's inaugural combat mission, marking a significant milestone in the ongoing conflict.

To fight the modern Western tanks utilized by the Ukrainian army, Russian forces deploy one of the most efficient anti-tank armored vehicles, known as the Khrizantema-S, Russian designation, 9P157-2. The missile fired by the Khrizantema-S has the ability to penetrate both passive and reactive tank armor. Furthermore, it can engage low-altitude aircraft, defensive infrastructure, and enemy troops.

In an interesting development reported by Ukrainian media and echoed by topwar.ru, Ukraine has unleashed its audacious scheme to procure Swedish CV90 infantry fighting vehicles. Brace yourselves for the jaw-dropping revelation: Kyiv has its sights firmly set on acquiring a mind-boggling 1,000 of these cutting-edge war combat vehicles, and it won't be doing it alone.

Recent reports from the Institute for the Study of War (ISW), as of June 15, 2023, confirm that Ukrainian forces have persisted with their counteroffensive operations in a minimum of three strategic directions. The reports indicate significant progress made on that day, compelling the Russian forces to resort to the BAL coastal missile defense system. The deployment of this system was to neutralize ground targets and halt the progressive Ukrainian counteroffensive.

The transfer of Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine was announced by the governments of Denmark and the Netherlands on April 20, 2023. However, some aspects of the announcement raised suspicions regarding the number, modernization, and terms of the transfer. Defence Express noted that Ukraine would receive 14 Leopard 2A4 tanks from Denmark and the Netherlands, which would undergo refurbishment by Rheinmetall.

In a report released by the Russian Ministry of Defense on June 9, 2023, the freshly launched anti-tank wheeled armored vehicle, the Kornet-D, is positioned as a 'game-changer' in combating the Bradley IFVs (Infantry Fighting Vehicles) and Leopard 2 tanks that have been gifted to the Ukrainian military. Equipped to annihilate tanks and other armored vehicles, the Kornet-D can even take out fortified structures, soldiers in shelters, and low-velocity, low-altitude targets from a distance of up to 10 kilometers.

As the conflict in Ukraine continues to evolve, a significant update has surfaced regarding the tactical deployment of military equipment. The AMX-10RC / RCR reconnaissance anti-tank armored vehicles donated by France have been deployed by the Ukrainian Navy’s 37th Marine Brigade in a successful counter-offensive in the southern Donetsk Oblast. As confirmed by several posts on social media, these vehicles played a critical role in a daring assault on the Russian-held town of Velyka Novosilka.

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