Russian heavy artillery targeted Ukrainian artillery units in a thunderous battle of big guns.
Kremlin military officials released video footage of their 203mm self-propelled guns launching a counterattack on a Ukrainian encampment.
The Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD) said on May 4: “Artillery units of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation continue their combat work to destroy the artillery firing positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the strongholds and areas where Ukrainian military equipment is concentrated.
“Artillery crews carry out intelligence work day and night using unmanned aerial vehicles.
“During the special military operation, the crews mounted self-propelled heavy artillery ‘Malka’ to attack positions held by gunners of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.”
The Russian army claimed that the counter-offensive was successful against a Ukrainian unit of self-propelled guns and howitzers.
The Ministry of Defense said: “Competent actions and calculations of the “Malka” self-propelled guns destroyed the positions of the artillery units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine with 203-mm Pion self-propelled guns and 122-mm howitzer battery mm D- 30s.
“As the Gunners themselves have stated, such goals are laudable and very difficult. To defeat them, you must apply all practical skills and abilities.
Matvei, Malka’s senior gunner, said: “We were helped with the help of unmanned aerial vehicles. We fired, we hit the target.
“We hit the position of the 2S7 Pion self-propelled guns of the Ukrainian Armed Forces. The result of the work always depends on the skill of our calculations.
Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24 in what the Kremlin calls a “special military operation.”
Today marks the 70th day of the campaign.
From February 24 to May 4, the total combat losses of Russian troops amounted to about 24,500 men, according to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
The Ukrainian military also claims that Russia lost 1,077 tanks, 2,610 armored fighting vehicles, 491 artillery systems, 163 multiple rocket launcher systems, 81 anti-aircraft systems, 194 combat aircraft, 155 helicopters, 1,867 motor vehicles and tankers, 10 ships, 303 unmanned aerial vehicles, 38 special equipment units and 87 cruise missiles.
Meanwhile, a host of international organizations have banned Russia, already hit by economic sanctions, from participating in sporting and cultural events, such as this year’s FIFA World Cup in Qatar, in response to the invading the country.