Ukraine - Russia Invasion conflict

A video released on the Russian social media platform Telegram on November 28, 2023, reveals the deployment of the new Scalpel loitering munition by Russian forces in Ukraine. This development signifies a notable transformation in contemporary warfare strategies and technologies, particularly highlighting the evolving role of loitering munitions in the Russian military's operations.

In a significant development in military technology, the Russian armed forces have recently deployed in Ukraine an upgraded version of the Lancet loitering munition, also known as a kamikaze drone able to counter drone nets and countermeasures. This new model exhibits remarkable improvements in combat capabilities against armored vehicles, as evidenced in a video released on the social network Telegram.

According to Militarnyi on November 19, 2023, the Ukrainian Armed Forces deployed at least one Bradley M2A2 Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) and one Leopard 2A6 Main Battle Tank (MBT) in response to Russian attacks in the Avdiivka direction. The Bradley was engaged near the Avdiivka coke-chemical plant, and the Leopard 2A6 operated near the village of Stepove.

Citing information published by the Russian defense website "Top War", the Russian armed forces in Ukraine have deployed about 50 TOS-1A and TOS-2 which are considered as one the most destructive weapon systems in the world. In fact, booth artillery systems fire thermobaric rockets producing a high-temperature explosion with a significantly longer blast wave than conventional explosives. This makes them particularly effective against entrenched positions and in urban combat scenarios.

As reported by Andrei_bt on November 18, 2023, Russian soldiers adopted an unconventional strategy known as the 'Giraffe' concept to provide anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) operators with an elevated vantage point. The shared video depicted an ATGM system, likely a Kornet system, mounted on the telescoping platform of a civilian 4x4 truck. The presumed location was a wooded area within Russian-occupied Ukraine.

As reported by Albina Fella on November 18, 2023, a Ukrainian sniper associated with the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) recently achieved a new record for a successful sniper shot. Using the Ukrainian Horizon's Lord sniper rifle chambered in 12.7×114mm HL, the sniper hit a Russian soldier with a 12.7x114 Wildcat cartridge at a distance of 3,800 m, surpassing the previous record of 3,540 m. A video has been released to provide evidence of this achievement, clearly depicting the precise hit on the Russian soldier.

According to the Ukrainian 93rd Mechanized Brigade on November 17, 2023, Russian forces attempted to breach a Ukrainian stronghold near the village of Vodyane, west of the Avdiivka front in Ukraine, using a kamikaze vehicle. The selected vehicle, identified as an MT-LB armored personnel carrier, was reportedly loaded with a substantial amount of explosives, approximately two tons of TNT.

In a significant development in the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, the British Army Intelligence Services revealed on November 17, 2023, that Russia has likely begun employing its A-50 MAINSTAY D aircraft in a new operational capacity over Ukraine. This advanced Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) aircraft is now being used to identify targets for the S-400, NATO designation SA-21, Russia's long-range, ground-based air defense missile system.

On November 14, 2023, the Ukrainian Minister of Digital Transformation, Mykhailo Fedorov, announced the development of a compact radio-electronic intelligence system named "Eter", an electronic warfare (EW) system created within the framework of the Brave1 defense technology development project. It has been reported that Ukrainian units already have incorporated this system into their combat operations.

According to Forbes on October 29, 2023, Ukraine received a total of 105 T-72EA Main Battle Tanks from its allies since the beginning of the Russian invasion on February 24, 2022. This includes the 15 units pledged by Denmark on October 26, 2023. The designation "EA" in the tank's name represents Excalibur Army, the Czech company responsible for the modernized variant of the Soviet-era T-72 tank.

As reported by the Lithuanian Ministry of Defense (MoD) on November 10, 2023, the Lithuanian Armed Forces have delivered additional NASAMS air defense missile launchers to Ukraine. The delivery included necessary equipment and high-mobility vehicles for NASAMS crews, with a portion of the additional equipment, including maintenance equipment and fire distribution centers, donated by Norway.

Ukrainian Armed Forces have successfully targeted and destroyed two critical Russian RB-301B Borisoglebsk-2 systems near Novopetrykivka in the Donetsk region. The operation, announced on November 09, 2023, through a video released by the 58th Infantry Brigade on their official Facebook account, marks a notable achievement against Russian electronic capabilities.

Leleka LR is a Ukrainian drone produced outside of Ukraine at a Czech plant by Deviro, the manufacturer of "Stork-100." This diversification of production aims to secure the material, technical, and intellectual base of production, as reported by Militarnyi. The new drone will be manufactured in the EU, while Ukraine will retain its UAV testing, service, and operator training facilities.

In a significant advancement for its artillery capabilities, the Russian defense industry has announced the deployment of an enhanced version of the Krasnopol laser-guided artillery ammunition in Ukraine. This new version has a maximum firing range of 25 km, a substantial increase that is set to bolster the effectiveness of Russian artillery units currently operating in Ukraine. The firing range of the previous version of the Krasnopol was limited to 20 km.

On November 6, 2023, a picture emerged on social media, potentially showcasing the presence of the first M1A1 Abrams Main Battle Tank within Ukraine's Armed Forces. This picture, allegedly shared by a member of the Ukrainian tank forces, follows closely on the heels of the confirmation by US officials that all 31 Abrams tanks donated to Ukraine have successfully reached their intended destination.

On November 1, 2023, the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense reported that soldiers from the Main Directorate of Intelligence (GUR), the Special Operations Forces (SSO), and the 1st separate special forces brigade discovered and destroyed a Russian Podlet-K1 mobile radar station using a drone strike. This incident marked the third confirmed destruction of such equipment, which is estimated to be worth $5.5 million. The operation took place in the border zone near the village of Krasnaya Polyana in the Shebekino district of the Belgorod region, Russia.

According to Igor Sushko on November 3, 2023, Ukraine deployed an improved variant of its Hrim-2 short-range ballistic missile system, successfully striking a Russian target at a range of 700 km. This surprising revelation came from Brigadier General Serhiy Baranov, head of the Main Directorate of Missile Forces and Artillery and Unmanned Systems of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, during an interview with Armiya FM.

As reported by Praise the Steph on November 3, 2023, the Ukrainian 45th Separate Artillery Brigade shared images of the first deployment of the Swedish Archer 155mm 6x6 self-propelled howitzer, equipped with Barracuda camouflage, by the Armed Forces of Ukraine in combat operations. This artillery unit is also known to operate American M777 and French TRF1 155mm towed howitzers.

According to Informator UA on November 2, 2023, Ukrainian engineers from the Dnipropetrovsk region recently unveiled a specialized robot designed for use in Medical Evacuation (MedEvac) operations. This innovation aims to bridge the critical time gap between injuries occurring on the battlefield and the delivery of necessary medical attention, where most casualties typically occur.

On November 1, 2023, a video surfaced on Ukrainian social media platforms showcasing the Ukrainian armed forces' successful neutralization of a Russian Krasukha-4 electronic warfare system, valued at $2.6 million, in the Zaporizhia region. The operation was executed using two JDAM-guided bombs. Known for its jamming capabilities against satellite and radar signals, the Krasukha-4 advanced military system was effectively destroyed by the Ukrainian army with support from the 14th Autonomous Drone Regiment's UAVs.

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