Ukrainian troopers are utilizing explosive-packed remote-control automobiles to destroy Russian targets, in accordance with new video taken within the battlefield.
After greater than a yr of fight, combating is basically concentrated within the easternmost areas of Ukraine, the place the town of Bakhmut has been the location of a few of the most intense fight of the struggle.
Some Ukrainian troops on these frontlines are actually turning to “kamikaze” remote-controlled automobiles, also referred to as unmanned floor automobiles, to strike Russian targets, in accordance with a video posted to social media over the weekend.
The video, first posted as a part of a YouTube documentary in regards to the third Separate Assault Brigade, seems to point out a bunch of closely armed Ukrainian troopers put together a remote-controlled car for fight earlier than sending it off.
The troopers are then seen controlling the car’s motion on a cellphone, directing it to detonate close to what seems to be a Russian tank.
Video from the documentary was posted over the weekend to Twitter, the place it amassed greater than 175,000 views by Monday afternoon.
“Ukraine’s 3rd Assault Brigade is using kamikaze UGVs packed with explosives on Russian positions,” tweeted Rob Lee, a Foreign Policy Research Institute senior fellow.
The use of those UGVs was additionally highlighted by the pro-Russian Telegram channel Reports of the militia of Novorossiya ZOV, which warned that the weapons “can be dangerous for armored vehicles, dugouts and personnel.”
More details about the extent of using the remote-controlled automobiles, together with what number of are within the arsenal and the way regularly troopers are utilizing this type of weapon, has not been launched by the Ukrainian army.
The Third Separate Assault Brigade was shaped final yr from the Azov Regiment, and its troopers have been combating within the battle for management of Bakhmut. Throughout the battle, Russia has additionally used UGVs, together with their “Marker” automobiles, 4 of which had been sent to eastern Ukraine in January.
The Ukrainian army will get a lift, it was introduced on Monday, because the European Union (EU) and U.S. will provide major ammunition assistance. The EU will ship 1 million rounds of 155-millimeter artillery ammunition to Ukraine throughout the subsequent 12 months, whereas the U.S. will contribute a brand new $350 million safety package deal consisting of 155-millimeter artillery rounds for HIMARS (High-Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems), high-speed anti-radiation missiles (HARMs), howitzers, 81-millimeter and 60-millimeter mortar techniques and rounds, grenade launchers, small arms, riverine boats and heavy gasoline tankers, and many others.
Newsweek reached out to the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense press workplace by e-mail for remark.