Ukraine - Russia Invasion conflict

In the Soledar sector of the Donetsk front, Ukrainian fighters have adopted a new strategy involving FPV (First-Person View) drones, concealing them within the foliage and dilapidated structures to set up ambushes. An interview with an officer from the Terek Cossack brigade, known as Sanych, was featured in TASS and echoed on topwar.ru, shedding light on this evolving tactic.

On September 19, 2023, the Norwegian Ministry of Defense announced the delivery of 51 NM199 amphibious tracked carriers to Ukraine. These NM199 vehicles, which are a local version of the American M548, are armed with a 12.7mm machine gun and are supplied with spare parts. Their primary purpose is to transport essential supplies and ammunition to the front lines in Ukraine. Their amphibious capability should be much appreciated on a battlefield where so many bridges have been destroyed or simply do not exist.

According to a report from The Chosun Ilbo on September 18, 2023, South Korea has recently decided to provide two domestically-produced K600 "Rhino" combat engineer vehicles to Ukraine. This engineer vehicle is based on the K1A1 Main Battle Tank and is designed for obstacle clearance and mine removal, offering assistance to Ukraine in its ongoing struggle against landmines and hazardous obstacles. Although not classified as lethal weapons, these vehicles have the capability to breach enemy defense lines if necessary, making them significant military equipment provided by South Korea to Ukraine.

Photos were published on September 16th on the Telegram channel "Tanks. History and modernity. Btvt.info", showing the Russian army using Ukrainian-made BMP-1U "Shkval", captured during the war in Georgia. These images suggest that these vehicles may already be in active service, although this information cannot be verified.

According to an article by Manas Joshi on wionews.com, as the conflict with Russia enters its second year, Ukraine is preparing to significantly increase its defense budget. On September 15, the Ukrainian government approved a draft budget for the year 2024, relying on ongoing financial support from Western nations to cover the anticipated budget shortfall. Since the outset of the conflict, Ukraine has received nearly $62 billion in foreign aid from Western countries, and Ukraine's Foreign Minister, Serhiy Marchenko, expressed hope for continued Western assistance.

According to an article by CBC on September 17, 2023, Canada's Defence Minister Bill Blair announced a financial commitment of CA$33 million (US$24.42 million) to support the acquisition of high-priority air defence equipment for Ukraine, including the procurement of hundreds of short and medium-range air defence missiles and related systems.

Based on information circulating on Russian social media, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), commonly known as North Korea, is set to supply its KN-09 multiple-launch rocket systems (MLRS) to the Russian Federation. In addition to traditional artillery systems, North Korea has agreed to furnish Russia with missile systems. This development marks an enhancement in military cooperation between the two nations, granting Russia access to North Korean military equipment.

According to a tweet by Special Kherson Cat on September 15, 2023, Russia has lost its 40th T-90M tank since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, with each tank valued at approximately $4.5 million. These cumulative losses amount to at least $180 million worth of military assets.

On September 12, 2023, Denmark committed to providing its largest financial contribution to Ukraine since Russia's invasion in February 2022. The Danish aid package amounts to a total of 5.8 billion kroner, or 7.78 billion euros, with expenditures distributed as follows: 4.3 billion kroner in 2023, 1.4 billion kroner in 2024, and 52 million kroner in 2025.

According to a tweet by WarVehicleTracker's on September 15, 2023, Russia had recently deployed the 2S31 Vena, a 120mm self-propelled mortar, in Ukraine. This vehicle, which can operate on both land and water, is built on the chassis of the BMP-3 Infantry Fighting Vehicle and shares some components with the 2S18 Pat-S, a prototype 152mm self-propelled howitzer.

According to an article by Life.RU on September 10, 2023, Uralvagonzavod (UVZ) has initiated the testing phase of the Shturm unmanned combat robot, built on the T-72 tank chassis, and intended for deployment on the Ukrainian frontline. The development of this unmanned tank project by UVZ had commenced before the onset of the Ukrainian conflict, but recent developments seem to have accelerated its progress. The testing program involves live-fire exercises against various target scenarios, with a focus on the utilization of the robot's primary armament, a 125-millimeter shortened barrel gun.

According to Russian sources on September 10, 2023, Oleksandr Potapov, the General Director of the Russian company "Uralvagonzavod," recently announced his company's plan to restart the production of T-80 series tanks, essentially starting from scratch, as the Russian Ministry of Defense has deemed this a significant task.

For the first time, the Russian military's ground-based robotic platform, known as "Yozhik" (or "Hedgehog" in English), will be deployed in Ukraine in a reconnaissance configuration. Andrei Bratenkov, the Executive Director of the design bureau "Spectre," revealed that the drone has been specifically requested by Russian special forces units.

On September 8, 2023, ten Danish Leopard 1A5 main battle tanks were delivered to Ukraine, with more en route. The Danish Ministry of Defense confirmed the ongoing operation, which has been in preparation since the spring. Training sessions are being organized in Germany, where Danish tank instructors are collaborating with German specialists to train Ukrainian crews before handing over the tanks.

According to information shared on Russian social media on September 10, 2023, the Russian Armed Forces unveiled the T-80BVM Model 2023, an upgraded version of the T-80BVM main battle tank, in a TV report that took place at the Omsktransmash enterprise's secure training grounds. This upgrade has been influenced by combat experience gained during the war waged in Ukraine.

According to a video posted on Telegram on September 8, 2023, there are reports that the Ukrainian Armed Forces have deployed a remotely-controlled mine-clearing vehicle, possibly the Bozena-5, for demining operations in an unspecified area of Ukraine. Upon reviewing the footage, it appears that this could be the first instance of the Bozena 4 being seen in Ukraine.

According to a recent tweet by Flash News UA, the Australian firm Electro Optic Systems (EOS) is set to supply Ukraine with a total of 160 Slinger anti-drone systems. EOS Executive Vice President Matt Jones has disclosed that Ukraine will take delivery of 110 of these systems to be mounted on M113 APCs, with an additional 50 systems being installed on Bushmaster APCs, the latter undertaken by a company known as "Praktyka."

According to Russian sources on September 7, 2023, PJSC Kurganmashzavod, a subsidiary of Rostec, has recently supplied a shipment of BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicles to the Russian Ministry of Defense, which will be likely headed to Ukraine. This shipment includes both newly manufactured BMP-3 units and those that have undergone significant overhauls to maintain operational capability. Each BMP-3 unit now comes equipped with additional protection kits (ADS), consisting of anti-cumulative grilles and specialized armored screens.

The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense officially approved the KH-S7, a locally produced FPV combat drone, for operational use within the Ukrainian armed forces on September 7, 2023. The development of this drone began last summer and involved engineers and military personnel who had previously worked on drone projects as a hobby.

In a tweet from visgrad24 dated September 7, 2023, it was revealed that 190 Roshel Senator MRAP armored vehicles have been ordered for the Ukrainian National Police and border guards by the U.S. State Department. MRAP vehicles are highly useful in the conflict in Ukraine, as the terrain is extensively mined by Russian forces, making the presence of such vehicles more than necessary for Ukrainian forces.

According to a Telegram video published by Sofa Assault Brigade on September 7, 2023, the Ukrainian Armed Forces operating in the Zaporizhzhia region successfully detected and located an unconventional Russian mobile Lancet launcher. This information was promptly relayed, allowing artillery units to target and destroy the identified vehicle using a guided M30 GLMRS missile launched from an M142 HIMARS.

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