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Russia shows the firepower of Pion artillery pieces

New video footage shows the tremendous firepower of Russian 2S7 Pion artillery pieces as troops unload them at Ukrainian military targets.

Released by Russia’s Defense Ministry, the video footage opens with the artillery pieces, which are daubed with white “Z” symbols, loaded with shells as they sit in a field.

The sequence ends with the unloading of the artillery pieces, apparently on Ukrainian military positions, which are not shown in the video.

The images were obtained on Sunday from the Ministry of Defense (MoD) of the Russian Federation.

New video footage shows the tremendous firepower of Russian 2S7 Pion artillery pieces as troops unload them at Ukrainian military targets.
Ministry of Defense of Russia/Zenger

The Russian Ministry of Defense said: “Images of 203mm Pion self-propelled artillery units in action.

“The gunners destroyed equipped firing positions and observation posts of the Ukrainian Armed Forces deployed in a wooded area. The artillery was guided by drones.

“After firing, the battery moved to reserve positions to eliminate the possibility of enemy retaliation.

“203-mm Pion fired high-explosive fragmentation shells at a distance of up to 30 kilometers.”

The 2S7 Pion is a Soviet self-propelled heavy artillery that entered service in 1976 and was last produced in 1990.

It is operated by a handful of military personnel, including the Ukrainian army, in addition to the Russian army.

Zenger News has contacted Russian and Ukrainian officials for comment, but has not received a response at the time of writing.

In a briefing earlier Monday, the Russian Defense Ministry said: “A total of 190 Ukrainian aircraft and 129 helicopters, 1,127 unmanned aerial vehicles, 330 anti-aircraft missile systems, 3,424 tanks and other armored fighting vehicles, 473 multi-launch rocket systems, 1,795 artillery and field mortars, as well as 3,446 units of special military vehicles were destroyed during the operation.”

In its own update, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that Russia lost about 31,250 men, 1,386 tanks, 3,400 armored fighting vehicles, 690 artillery pieces, 207 lance systems -multiple rockets, 96 anti-aircraft systems, 211 combat aircraft, 176 helicopters, 551 tactical unmanned aerial vehicles, 125 cruise missiles, 13 warships, 2,395 other vehicles and tankers and 53 special equipment over the same period.

In addition, the United Kingdom announced that it was sending its long-range missiles to Ukraine for the first time.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned that more attacks in Ukraine could be expected if the West sends long-range weapons to Kyiv.

Russian missiles hit Kyiv on Sunday in the first assault on the Ukrainian capital in weeks.

Ukraine says it has recaptured half of the key eastern city of Severodonetsk, where much of the fighting has been centered recently.

And Ukraine’s armed forces said on Monday that Russian forces were continuing their push towards the city of Sloviansk.

Monday marks the 103rd day of the invasion.

This story was provided to Newsweek by Zenger News.