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Ukrainian TB2 strike in Donbass elicits muted Russian response

28th October 2021 - 16:07 GMT | by Leonid Nersisyan in Moscow


Video screenshot of a Donetsk People's Republic D-30 towed howitzer shortly before its destruction. (Image: General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine)

Why has Russia reacted so tepidly to the first use of a Turkish-supplied combat drone against its proxy forces in eastern Ukraine?

The Ukrainian Armed Forces on 26 October used a Bayraktar TB2 armed UAV for the first time against Russian-backed rebel forces in the eastern Donbass region.

A video posted on social media by the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine showed a MAM guided bomb destroying a 122mm D-30 towed howitzer belonging to the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR).

A comparison of the video and feedback from the field revealed the attack took place near the village of Boykivske. This location is about 12.5km from the line of contact — proving that the DPR was violating the Minsk …

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