Ukraine - Russia Invasion conflict

Recent pictures published on social networks reveal that the US-donated Bradley M2A2 tracked armored Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFVs), currently utilized by the Ukrainian armed forces, are now equipped with additional reactive armor. This armor is mounted on the front and sides of the hull and includes a counter-drone electronic warfare solution. The armor appears to be very similar to that mounted on the American M2A3 Bradley.

As reported by Defense of Ukraine in two separate videos released on January 17 and January 18, 2024, the Bradley M2A2 has demonstrated its formidable combat effectiveness in Ukraine. It showed its capacity to demolish a BMP-2 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) in a matter of seconds, as well as neutralizing a Russian T-90M Main Battle Tank (MBT), thanks to its uniquely designed Bushmaster gun.

Ukraine is developing a new type of kamikaze drone equipped with a jet engine. This innovation represents a significant advancement in the country's offensive capability, offering superior performance compared to traditional propeller-driven drones. However, the use of a jet engine in these kamikaze drones raises several questions, both strategically and economically. This new drone can be seen in a tweet from Ukraine Battle Map dated January 17, 2024.

In Ternopil Oblast, a land-based robotic complex known as the "Ant," constructed using 80% Ukrainian-manufactured components, has been developed for military purposes, as reported by Militarnyi. Ihor Chaikivskyi, who serves as the chairman of the "Robotized Systems" project, shared details about this innovation with "Suspilne." According to Chaikivskyi, this remote-controlled device has a range of 15 kilometers or even more.

As the conflict in Ukraine persists into 2023, Russia, despite facing significant international economic sanctions, has seen a notable increase in its defense orders. According to a press release from the Steel Research Institute dated January 16, 2024, there was a threefold increase in state defense orders for the year 2023 compared to the previous year. This expansion included a surge in orders for armored vehicles, including tanks.

The impact of human resources on the conflict in Ukraine in 2024 reveals several key aspects, including Ukraine's ambition to mobilize 500,000 men, the challenges encountered in achieving this goal, the Russian response, and the growing involvement of unmanned technologies in the conflict. The ability to deploy a significant number of soldiers on the battlefield remains an important factor in 2024, and we will delve into more detail on this aspect of the conflict.

Vadym Skibitskyi, deputy chief major general of Ukraine's main military intelligence arm, has recently reported that Russia is enlisting approximately 30,000 soldiers monthly. Although this recruitment of soldiers each month suffices to compensate for frontline losses, Russia would have to initiate a larger-scale mobilization to build a more substantial strategic reserve.

Ukraine's Defense Forces have reported 626 instances of Russian forces deploying munitions containing toxic substances, with 51 of these cases occurring in January 2024 alone. What is even more concerning is the upward trend in such incidents, with up to 10 cases of chemical weapon usage being documented daily, according to Kateryna Tyschenko's report in Ukrainska Pravda. This flagrant violation of the international chemical weapons treaty by the Russian armed forces in Ukraine is a matter of grave concern.

The Ukrainian armed forces have shared exclusive footage showing their Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV), Ironclad, carrying out strikes against Russian military bases. While UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) are very prolific in the war in Ukraine, UGVs also hold an important place, and their development is closely monitored.

Recent images shared on social media, dated January 14, 2024, reveal that the M1A1 Abrams Main Battle Tanks (MBTs), supplied to Ukraine by the United States, have been upgraded with additional armor. This enhancement is aimed at bolstering the tanks' defenses against the evolving threats on the Ukrainian battlefield. Observations from the photographs indicate that the sides of the M1A1 Abrams tanks appear to be equipped with the M-19 Reactive Armor Tile (ARAT), a state-of-the-art armor solution designed to provide superior protection in combat scenarios.

An amazing video released on Telegram has captured tense and intense close-quarter combat between two Ukrainian Bradley M2A2 tracked armored IFVs (Infantry Fighting Vehicles) and one Russian T-90M MBT (Main Battle Tank), showcasing the effectiveness of U.S.-donated military equipment in the ongoing Russian-Ukrainian conflict. The footage, captured by a drone on January 11, 2024, documents a ten-minute skirmish near Stepovo, in the Donetsk region, where the 47th Ukrainian Mechanized Brigade, equipped with Bradley M2A2 tracked armored Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFVs), engaged a Russian T-90 Main Battle Tank.

The UK Ministry of Defence has released an intelligence update revealing the impactful use of First Person View Uncrewed Aerial Vehicles (FPV-UAVs) by Ukrainian forces. Operating on the east bank of the Dnipro River, these drones have been a key element in targeting Russian forces, marking a new phase in drone warfare. According to one Russian blogger, almost 90 percent of Russian vehicles in the Krynky sector have been destroyed.

Army Recognition's deep analysis of the Russian T-90M Proryv-3 reveals a sophisticated evolution in Russia's approach to armored warfare. This latest generation of the T-90 tank series, rooted in the legacy of the T-72, marks a significant leap forward from its predecessors. Developed in the late 1980s and early 1990s, the T-90 platform has been continuously upgraded, reflecting Russia's strategic emphasis on enhancing its armored capabilities.

According to a picture published on a social network on January 10, 2023, the Ukrainian 10th Army Corps has recently outfitted its German-made Marder 1A3 Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFVs) with the 'Sania' system, designed to counter First Person View (FPV) drones. This deployment is in response to the escalating use of FPV drones in warfare, particularly in the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

In December 2023, a photograph of the Gibka-S in Ukraine, published on the Russian social network VK, confirmed the deployment of this new short-range surface-to-air missile system. This air defense system, based on the chassis of the "Tiger" armored vehicle, enables the Russian military to significantly increase its anti-aircraft arsenal, offering a rapid and efficient response to diversified aerial threats.

On January 10, 2024, information emerged from Russian social media sources about the deployment of the 1L277 Sobolyatnik portable ground reconnaissance radar stations by the Russian Armed Forces in Ukraine. This development is indicative of an attempt to improve surveillance in the conflict area, particularly in response to the use of drones by Ukrainian forces, which have been a notable aspect of the conflict.

On January 6, 2023, the Ukrainian armed forces released videos on their social media platforms showing the neutralization of two Russian Pantsir-S1 air defense systems using Polish-made Warmate loitering munitions. It appears that the Warmate loitering munitions have successfully overcome the electronic countermeasures of the Pantsir systems.

Milanion has announced their flagship AGEMA Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) is in service with the Kraken special unit of the Main Directorate of Intelligence of Ukraine. The Kraken unit is involved in front-line combat missions in Ukraine and the AGEMA UGV can provide vital battlefield support for personnel operating in the harsh Ukrainian winter conditions.

As reported by Russian social media reports from January 8, 2023, the Russian Armed Forces have reportedly incorporated the T-80BVM Model 2023 Main Battle Tank into their units in the Zaporizhzhia region. This tank, representing an updated version of the T-80BVM, is reportedly being used in current military operations, particularly in assisting infantry during assaults against Ukrainian positions.

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