Pro-Russia recruits training on a self-propelled heavy mortar vehicle

Footage reportedly shows new recruits for a pro-Russian breakaway region in Ukraine training on a self-propelled heavy mortar in eastern Ukraine.

The footage was obtained from the pro-Russian so-called Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) people’s militia on Wednesday, with the DPR claiming it shows “combat training of gunners”.

The so-called DPR said in a statement: “The ‘Tyulpan’ self-propelled mortars are one of the most formidable artillery systems in service with the People’s Militia of the DPR. Just between the execution of combat missions, the mobilized soldiers of the [People’ Militia of the] DPR is improving its skills in handling these powerful machines.”

People’s militia of the Donetsk People’s Republic in Ukraine has released footage which they claim shows gunners in combat training on “Tyulan” self-propelled heavy mortars.
UNM DPR/Zenger Press Service

An anonymous DPR spokesperson claimed: “We are at one of the DPR Republic training grounds, here the mobilized guys, who a few months ago were ordinary civilians, are being trained in the operation Tyulpan heavy mortars with a caliber of 249 mm. This machine works in the direction of Avdiivka and performs the tasks of destroying targets of Ukrainian artillery.”

An anonymous soldier said: “We received Tyulpan products for service, this is a self-propelled mortar, the guys are studying around the clock, combat training and combat use. They worked early in the morning, returned to their destination, where they are based and continue to improve their level of military qualification.”

Zenger News has not been able to independently verify the claims or images.

The 2S4 Tyulpan is a self-propelled heavy mortar originally designed by the Soviet Union.

Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24 in what the Kremlin still calls a “special military operation.” Wednesday marks the 126th day of the invasion.

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that between February 24 and June 29, Russia lost about 35,450 men, 1,572 tanks, 3,720 armored fighting vehicles, 781 artillery units, 246 multiple rocket launcher systems, 103 air defense systems, 217 combat aircraft. , 185 helicopters, 640 drones, 142 cruise missiles, 14 warships, 2,598 motor vehicles and tankers and 61 special equipment units.

Turkey has agreed to back Finland and Sweden’s NATO membership after initially opposing the countries’ offers to join the military alliance. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met Finnish President Sauli Niinisto and Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson during the NATO summit in Madrid.

Jens Stoltenberg, Secretary General of NATO, said: “I am happy to announce that we now have an agreement which paves the way for Finland and Sweden to join NATO.”

President Joe Biden congratulated the three countries saying: “Congratulations to Finland, Sweden and Turkey for signing a trilateral memorandum – a crucial step towards a NATO invitation to Finland and Turkey. Sweden, which will strengthen our Alliance and enhance our collective security – and a great way to start the Summit.”

The Russian bombing of a shopping mall in the central Ukrainian city of Kremenchuk has been described by Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelensky as one of the “most brazen terrorist acts in European history”. More than 1,000 people were reportedly inside the building when it was hit by missiles.

The death toll rose to 18 people confirmed dead, with 59 others injured and 25 treated in hospital. Some 36 people are still missing.

Russia claimed on Tuesday that it hit a nearby arms depot, as the explosion sparked the mall fire.

Zelensky urged the United Nations to visit the site and expel Russia as a permanent member of the UN Security Council, accusing the country of becoming a “terrorist state”.

Meanwhile, NATO plans to expand its rapid reaction forces from 40,000 to over 300,000.

This story was provided to Newsweek by Zenger News.


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