Ukraine - Russia Invasion conflict

In a tweet, NOEL reports on July 25, 2023, that a Russian R-330Zh Zhitel mobile electronic warfare system was located by a Ukrainian drone. Following this, the Ukrainian artillery carried out precision strikes, guided by the drone, resulting in the reported destruction of the Russian electronic warfare system. Remarkably, this marks the third reported instance of a Russian electronic warfare system being destroyed on the same day.

On July 24, 2023, Spain sent a new shipment of military and humanitarian aid to Ukraine. The delivery, consisting of various equipment and vehicles, including 4 Leopard 2A4 tanks, is expected to arrive in early August and will contribute to the strengthening of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

According to a video published on Telegram on July 23, 2023, Ukrainian soldiers of the K-2 combat group of the Ukrainian 54th separate mechanized brigade destroyed with a kamikaze drone one 2S4 Tyulpan 240mm self-propelled mortar, one of the most powerful artillery systems of the Russian armed forces and the most efficient mortar system in the world, which has no equivalent in the world.

According to a tweet posted by PraiseTheSteph on July 20, 2023, the Ukrainian Army has conducted training exercises with the latest generation of locally-made 8x8 Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV), the BTR-4MV1. This vehicle, used by the 5th Brigade of the National Guard, represents an upgraded version of the BTR-4 model, boasting enhanced weapon systems and improved armor.

According to a video published on Telegram on July 23, 2023, finally, the Ukrainian army use conventional military tactics using American Bradley M2A2 tracked armored IFV Infantry Fighting Vehicles with Leopard 2A6 Main Battle Tanks (MBTs) in a counteroffensive against Russian positions near the city of Zaporizhzhia, in southeast Ukraine. As a former NCO (Non-Commissioned Officer) in an infantry mechanized battalion and CEO of Army Recognition Group, I explain in this article, the underlying principle of most modern military tactics which is a concept known as combined arms.

Based on a tweet by Getty on July 16, 2023, a recent Russian reportage from Rossiya 1 TV channel revealed significant developments in Russia's production of Lancet kamikaze drones. According to the coverage, Russia has tripled the production of Lancet kamikaze drones, indicating a substantial increase in their manufacturing efforts. The Lancet drone has undergone a transformative process, entering its next stage of development with remarkable advancements.

On July 20, 2023, amid the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, a tweet from Historical Firearms caught attention with a peculiar discovery, an M4 Carbine with a unique configuration. The photo showcased an M4 upper receiver combined with an M16A1 lower receiver, hinting at a possible hybrid prototype. According to the tweet, the weapon's serial number suggests a production date around 1974-1975.

According to an article published by TASS on July 19, 2023, the advanced T-14 Armata main battle tanks (MBT) have recently been used in combat by Russia's battlegroup South, as confirmed by a source from the Russian defense industry. While there is no visual confirmation available, this report could potentially be the first official acknowledgment of the deployment of the T-14 Armata in Ukraine to conduct combat operations. 

According to an article from Ukrinform published on July 13, 2023, Ukrainian artillery personnel from the Armed Forces of Ukraine deploys for the first time the 8x8 version of the CAESAR 155mm self-propelled howitzers to conduct combat operations against Russian forces, which was previously owned by Denmark's Defense Forces. This development occurred shortly after reports emerged of around 100 members of the Ukrainian Armed Forces undergoing training in Denmark to operate these self-propelled howitzers.

According to a tweet by UkraineWarVid on June 12, 2023, the Russian 8th Army still uses a heavily armed BMP-T Terminator for night operations to target the positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Avdeevsky direction, a city in Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine. At a distance of 4km, they used the BMPT Model 2017 variant, which combines the mobility of a Main Battle Tank (MBT) with the firepower of an Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV).

According to information and video released by the Russian Ministry of Defense on July 15, 2023, Russian forces have been utilizing the older D-20 152mm towed howitzer in conjunction with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to increase targeting accuracy. This novel tactic has allowed the D-20 to precisely target and destroy the M2A2 Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFVs), providing high-precision fire.

Ukrainian soldiers successfully destroyed a second battery of Russia's state-of-the-art S-400 air defense missile system. Detailed images, released on Telegram on July 10, 2023, depicted the destruction of a 5P85SM2 TEL (Transporter Erector Launcher) truck along with a 92N6A multi-functional radar. The photographs, first published by Ukraine Weapons Tracker, mark the inaugural report of the 92N6A radar - an essential component of the S-400 battery - being destroyed.

According to a tweet posted by OSINTdefender on June 9, 2023, the Ukrainian Armed Forces operating in the Zaporizhzhia region successfully identified and located a Russian Zoopark-1 1L219 artillery reconnaissance radar vehicle using a surveillance drone. This vital information was promptly relayed, allowing the artillery units to target and effectively destroy the identified vehicle using a guided MLRS launched from an M142 HIMARS.

According to a video published on the Twitter account of "Ukraine Weapons Tracker" on July 12, 2023, Ukrainian Marines destroyed a Russian BTR-MDM airborne tracked multi-role armored vehicle with artillery fire near Staromaiorske, Donetsk Oblast. The BTR-MDM is the latest generation of tracked armored vehicles in service with the Russian airborne troops.

In an update from the "MilitaryLand.net" Twitter feed, it was reported on July 12, 2023, that the Ukrainian 21st Mechanized Brigade is now actively deploying Stridsvagn 122 Main Battle Tanks (MBTs) in the framework of the Ukrainian counteroffensive against Russian forces. The Swedish-made tanks, a variant of the German Leopard 2A5 tank, were donated by Sweden to bolster Ukraine's defense capabilities in its ongoing conflict with Russian forces.

On July 11, 2023, we reported on Army Recognition about a modified MT-LB by the Ukrainian army, as well as other hybrid vehicles. Well, we can now add to this non-exhaustive list a new hybrid vehicle spotted in the ranks of the Russian army. The Russians have created their own fire support vehicle based on an MT-LBu, integrating the vehicle with the MT-12 100mm anti-tank gun.

On July 9, 2023, in the Zaporizhzhia Oblast, the Russian army destroyed Ukrainian T-72EA and PT-91 Twardy tanks, as well as an M113 Armored Personnel Carrier (APC). This incident marks the first confirmed loss of the PT-91 tanks donated by Poland. These images can be seen in a tweet from Ukraine Weapons Tracker.

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