Ukrainian Drone Observes Accurate Mortar Barrage On Separatists

first published on May 25, 2018 by

A recent video out of eastern Ukraine shows a relatively accurate Ukrainian forces’ mortar barrage while the controller of the drone observes and adjusts the fires.

The footage was reportedly recorded on 25 May 2018, along the west bank of the Karapul’ka River. A separatist logistics outpost, consisting of a couple transport trucks, a few bunkers, and a 120mm mortar system becomes the target of the Ukrainian fire mission.

Based on the footage, the munitions used appear to be mortar rounds, although it could possibly be some sort of artillery weapon as well.

The rounds are bracketed back and forth until the observer is satisfied with the impacts and then begins the fire-for-effect. Multiple impacts land within the vicinity of the Russian proxy encampment.

Although no direct hits can be seen striking the vehicles or the structures, the accompanying shrapnel likely severely damaged any exposed equipment.

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Ukraine has been fighting Russian forces and their proxies since 2014, when pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych was overthrown amid heavy protests, and soon after Russia invaded and annexed Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula.

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