Teams of mobile mortar lightning bolts scrambled for an immediate “fire and run” mission against Russia’s defenses against an impending counterattack.
Use Chinese available for sale Unmanned aircraft and Czech-made 82mm mortars, UkraineTheir Special Forces unit raced from their base to the front lines in hopes of taking down a follower who could spy on the army.
The group is part of a concerted effort to soothe Putinof thugs as thousands of newly-trained soldiers and battle-hardened commanders await orders to move forward.
Chairperson Volodymyr Zelenskiy paused for further preparations to limit the death toll as mortar crews continued to probe Russian defense to spot the cracks and keep their army stretched.
We join the unit as, operating on intelligence, it runs from Zaporizhia base to the Yanchekrak River – limit the advance of the enemy in eastern Ukraine. A fleet of two-person drones, code-named Sasha and Rose, combined to locate it for the police SWAT unit that fired the mortars, which fit inside a 4×4 vehicle. their.
They chose dusty ground away from combat positions to reduce the risk of casualties if Russia returned fire.
Sasha, 24, a professional cage fighter, sent the drone and its maiden flight was nearly jammed by the Russians as it flew over No-Man’s Land.
He climbs a tree to raise a remote antenna so he can control the drone while Rose, in a nearby bunker, scours the south bank of the river for troop positions. Russia.
Drones discovered trenches where Putin’s troops had dug for much of the war. Between each flight, Sasha erases the drone’s memory for fear of it Chinese people Manufacturers can share location data with Russian forces and reveal the locations of Ukraine.
Finally, Rose, a builder, set up a post in an abandoned country house, about two miles away.
Soldiers scrawled messages on mortars. One wrote: “Hello from Donetsk,” a town captured by Russian-backed rebels in 2014. Rose honors a friend by writing his nickname on another.
A small puff of smoke over the raw food indicates that the first shell was missing. The SWAT team rotates the weapon’s rotation and fires a second shot. Still short.
Each time they fired, they adjusted the mortar until a bomb fell just outside the back door of the compound.
Moments later, an explosion hit us and we scrambled for cover as the Russians returned fire. No one got hurt.
The soldiers quickly packed up their mortars and we left the dangerous area before the Russians could enter.
We return to the Thor Corporation headquarters. It is part of an army of volunteers funded in part with donations to buy kits, such as drones, to give them an edge.
Their commander, code-named Thor, said: “We are destroying Russian positions, weakening their defenses and constantly harassing them to keep moving. It’s all about weakening them so that when we attack, fewer of our soldiers die.
“We don’t have an order to attack yet, but everyone is preparing. The Russians can see that we are gathering forces and they are also concentrating because they are waiting for an attack.”
The father-of-two, whose hometown Berdyans’k is occupied by Russia, added: “The counterattack will be great. We are ready, we are armed.”
Analysts expect a southward attack from Zaporizhzhia towards the Sea of Azov would cut off the land bridge connecting Russia to the occupied regions Crimea. It would isolate their troops, who could only be supplied by sea, or the vulnerable Kerch Bridge.
“We can move forward, but we will lose a lot of people,” Zelensky said. I think that is unacceptable. We still need a little more time.”
British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly warned this may not be a “simple, quick and decisive breakthrough”. “This is not a Hollywood movie,” he said. Everything is messy. Everything is going to be scary.”
Last year, Ukraine’s major attacks all took place in the fall after a month of artillery fire.
The arrival of British and American long-range rocketry systems led to the collapse of the Russian front in Kharkiv and a retreat from southern Kherson.
Yesterday, the UK revealed it was supplying Ukraine with the formidable Storm Shadow cruise missile with a range of 250 km. However, the problem in Zaporizhzhia is much closer.
Just 20 miles south of the city, satellite images show fortified Russian defenses.
But to boost morale, Ukraine regained part of eastern Bakhmut, where thousands of people were killed. The boss of the Wagner Mercenary Group, Yevgenny Prigozhin, threatened to pull out unless Moscow sent more shells, though American officials say he has plenty.
- Additional reporting: Oleksii Kulyk