Izvestia correspondent Daniil Levin on Thursday, May 26, showed the use by the Russian military of a self-propelled artillery mount (ACS) during the cleansing of the Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR).
Self-propelled guns are used to hit distant targets. A projectile fired from a distance of 5 km from the contact line is capable of reaching the rear of the enemy. The radius of destruction, of course, is inferior to the same missiles, however, “self-propelled guns” cope with their tasks perfectly.
Thus, a special detachment of the Russian Guard is gradually moving across the territory of the LPR, pushing back the remaining Ukrainian militants and helping local residents. On the way, military personnel regularly encounter reminders of recent skirmishes: explosive craters, cut trees.
A day earlier, Izvestia journalist Stanislav Grigoriev captured an artillery battle between the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) and fighters of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR). The film crew did not have time to leave the position after a mortar attack from the Russian Federation and was under return fire.
At the same time, military commander Dmitry Zimenkin showed the fortifications of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the quarters of the village of Novotoshkovsky (LPR). Next to the positions are residential buildings. According to an employee of Izvestia, when Ukrainian units were in the village, the buildings were intact. After the Armed Forces of Ukraine moved away from the city, shelling from artillery and tanks began.
Also on May 25, Izvestia war correspondent Denis Kulaga visited the western border of the city of Popasnaya, where at the moment the allied troops, as well as the people’s militia of the LPR, are moving directly to the borders of the DPR. He showed how the military equipment of the fighters moves along the road connecting Popasnaya with Bakhmut.
On February 24, Russia announced the start of a special operation to protect Donbass. As Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov clarified, the special operation has two goals – the demilitarization and denazification of Ukraine. According to him, both of these aspects pose a threat to the Russian state and people.
The operation began against the background of the situation in the Donbass that worsened in mid-February. The authorities of the DPR and LPR reported increased shelling by Ukrainian troops, announced the evacuation of civilians to the Russian Federation and asked for recognition of independence.
On February 21, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a corresponding decree.
For more up-to-date videos and details about the situation in Donbass, watch the Izvestia TV channel.