Ukraine: Russian journalist reveals position of heavy mortar
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Journalist Aleksandr Kots proudly boasted about Russia’s monstrous 2S4 Tyulpan 240mm self-propelled heavy mortar in a propaganda report in Severodonetsk after it was moved from the besieged city of Mariupol in Ukraine. The Tyulpan, which is the largest mortar system in use today, can fire eye-watering 288-pound F864 shells to a range of six miles. It can also fire Smel’chak laser-guided rounds, 3B11 nuclear shells, and 308 rocket-assisted cargo shells.
But Kos made a critical error in his report proudly showing off the weapon to Russians back home as it shows several angles of the giant mortar and revealing its possible location.
Less than 24 hours after the footage was broadcast, dramatic drone video shows the destructive weapon being blown up by Ukrainian forces.
The 2S4, which is believed to have previously destroyed a bridge between Lyschansk and Severodonetsk, can be seen quickly exploding into a huge fireball as its ammunition suddenly detonates.
Kremlin journalist Kots is thought to be very highly regarded by Vladimir Putin and is regarded as one of his most “valuable assets”.
This is because he has been regularly deployed as a war correspondent to spread propaganda to the Russian masses.
Back in 2014, the Russian President awarded Kots Order of Merit for the Fatherland medal for his “objectivity” in reporting on events in Crimea.
But the explosion of the 2S4 Tyulpan 240mm self-propelled heavy mortar by Ukrainian forces it just another effort of Putin’s crumbling war effort in Ukraine.
Perhaps most notably, it is the first confirmed loss of a 2S4 by Russia since the invasion began on February 24.
It is understood Moscow has as many as 400 inactive mortar systems still in reserve.
The monstrous weapons, which were developed during the Cold War, are used to destroy large buildings and heavy fortifications.
There are reportedly only around 50 left in operational service and 12 per district-level High Power Artillery Brigade.
The self-propelled heavy mortars only fire one round a minute and can be either towed or self-propelled.
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During the three-month long war in Ukraine, they have been used to destroy airport terminals in the major cities of Donetsk and Luhansk, which have been primary targets for Russian troops.
Prior to this conflict, they had also been used in Syria, Lebanon and Chechnya.
Earlier this month, the 2S4 Tyulpan 240mm was captured firing at the Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol, where hundreds of Ukrainian soldiers had been holed up before eventually surrendering.
On Wednesday, Russian forces launched offensives in eastern Ukraine with constant mortar bombardment destroying several houses and killing civilians as the attacks in the Donbas region continue.
The city of Sievierodonetsk on the east bank of the Siverskiy Donets River and its twin Lysychansk, on the west bank have become key battlefields in the war, and Russian forces have been advancing from three directions to encircle them.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s office said opposition troops launched an offensive on Sievierodonetsk and that the town is under continued fire from mortars.
Luhansk regional governor Serhiy Gaidai said six civilians were killed and at least eight wounded, most near bomb shelters, in the town.
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