The Russian military has documented the tremendous firepower of the Soviet 2S7M Malka self-propelled artillery as it hurls projectiles into the skies over Ukraine.
The official video shows how Russian troops are dwarfed by the massive cannons, which produce a blast so powerful it can physically incapacitate a nearby unprepared soldier or crew member with concussive force.
Zenger News obtained the clip from the Russian Federation’s Ministry of Defense (MoD) on Friday, which read (in Russian): “Combat work of crews of 2S7M ‘Malka’ high-powered self-propelled artillery mounts.”
“” Malka “has a 203 mm caliber gun and is designed to solve special tasks – suppression and elimination of specially protected command posts, artillery, mortars, armored vehicles, rear areas, enemy manpower.
“The gun’s rate of fire can reach 2.5 rounds per minute, the range is about 50 kilometers.
“Modern Orlan-10 unmanned aerial vehicles are used for timely target detection, data transmission and fire adjustment.”
The Russian Defense Ministry did not specify which targets the projectiles hit or where in Ukraine the footage was taken.
The 2S7M Malka entered service in 1983 and – along with its previous variant, the 2S7 Pion – is operated by a handful of countries, including Russia and Ukraine.
Separately, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Donbass could be left uninhabited by the ongoing invasion and accused Russia of committing “genocide” in the region.
The city of Sievierodonetsk is currently under Russian bombing attack and three explosions were reported overnight in the city of Dnipro.
The death toll from the shelling in Ukraine’s second-largest city, Kharkiv, on May 26 has now reached nine people, including a baby.
Zelensky said Thursday evening that lives are being lost in Ukraine every moment the West delays putting more pressure on Russia.
Its Foreign Minister, Dmytro Kuleba, said Ukraine would not be able to counter the Russian offensive without more heavy weapons.
US officials have said the Biden administration is considering supplying Ukraine with the M142 high-mobility artillery rocket system.
The maximum firing range of the lightweight multiple rocket launcher developed in the late 1990s for the US military is 186 miles.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported earlier on Friday that from February 24 to May 27, Russia lost around 29,750 troops in addition to 1,322 tanks, 3,246 armored fighting vehicles, 623 artillery systems , 201 multiple rocket launcher systems, 93 air defense systems. systems, 206 warplanes, 170 helicopters, 503 unmanned aerial vehicles, 115 cruise missiles, 13 warships, 2,226 military and tanker vehicles and 48 special equipment units.
While the Russian Defense Ministry reported earlier on Friday that during the same period Ukraine had lost 179 combat aircraft, 127 helicopters, 1,019 unmanned aerial vehicles, 323 air defense systems, 3,266 tanks and armored fighting vehicles, 433 multiple rocket launcher systems, 1,682 artillery systems and 3,190 military vehicles.
Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24 in what Russian President Vladimir Putin initially called a “special military operation” to “demilitarize and denazify” Ukraine.
The Kremlin still calls it a “special military operation” but now says the aim is to “protect Donbass”. May 27 marks the 93rd day of the invasion.
This story was provided to Newsweek by Zenger News.