Ukraine praises Turkey’s Bayraktar TB2 drones for blocking Russian advances 

Ukraine praises Turkey’s Bayraktar TB2 drones for blocking Russian advances 

Ukraine’s armed forces are crediting their recently acquired Turkish-made Bayraktar TB2 drones with stifling Russian advances.

Video from the Ukrainian military showed drones targeting Russian armoured vehicles, including battle tanks. 

One video from Malyn about 100km northwest of the capital Kyiv showed a Russian BUK surface-to-air missile launcher being destroyed.

The Ukrainian Embassy released a video of a Russian convoy of about 12 vehicles being destroyed by the strike. 

The Ukrainian military Facebook page posted: “Bayraktars at work. Be afraid, enemies, there will be no peace for you in our land.” 

The drone operators can be heard cheering after the explosion.

On Saturday, Ukraine released a drone video which claimed to show a Russian convoy being hit in the southern city of Kherson. 

Another video from Chornobaivka in southern Ukraine, where a Russian invasion force from illegally occupied Crimea has sparked heavy fighting, showing burning wreckage on a road.

Ukraine appears to have halted the Russian advance on Kyiv after blowing up bridges into the city. 

Russian forces had apparently been wiped out by Sunday in Bucha near the Gostomel airbase to the northwest of Kyiv, after being trapped when the Irpin bridge into the city was blown up.

An online video shows the impact of a possible drone strike on Russian airborne personnel and vehicles.

The Bayraktar, with a 12-metre wingspan and a triangular tail, is produced by the Istanbul-based Baykar, and can reportedly reach altitudes of 7.6km and fly for 27 hours, operated remotely from up to 300km. A Bayraktar can carry four rockets weighing up to 150kg.

The drones can also assist artillery with accurate enemy coordinates. Ukraine received the first Bayraktars in 2019 and first used them in combat last year in the Russian-held Donbas region. 

In a viral video, a Ukrainian soldier says to the Russian enemy: “Is everything OK with you, dudes? How do you like our Bayraktars? What do you think… oh what’s that flying over you right now?”

The drone strike in Malyn fell on the second anniversary of the Russian Baylun attack in Syria that killed 34 Turkish soldiers.

The Ukrainian embassy in Ankara tweeted a video translated into Turkish of the attack on Sunday.

The post said: “Never a rose without a thorn. Russian invaders have to put up with Bayraktar TB2s.”

 

Picture credit: Wikimedia

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