Shot of the Patriot system in a video released by the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
Detail showing silhouettes of two aircraft and three Mi-8 helicopters with the date
May 13, 2023.
NASAMS system score.
The S-300 battery marked with four aircraft, 21 missiles with a flat flight path,
and 15 rockets kills.
Ukrainian Armed Forces started pushing in
three directions – from Velyka Novosilka
near Vuhledar towards Mariupol, from Orikhiv
towards Tokmak and Melitopol, and near Lobova
on the banks of the Kakhovka Reservoir.
For Russian propaganda, this was a welcome
change. In anticipation of the Ukrainian
offensive, they began publishing various false
footage of Western military equipment being
destroyed. There was an instance of using
a photo of a destroyed Turkish Leopard 2 tank
from Syria and a video of a Russian helicopter
destroying combine harvesters and other
agricultural machinery that didn't resemble
tanks at all. After the actual start of the
Ukrainian offensive, true losses of Western
equipment were, of course, revealed.
The Russians had been building fortifications
in southern Ukraine for almost a year. These
include several lines of trenches and, most
importantly, extensive minefields. These
minefields proved to be the most challenging
obstacle. In one attack attempt, a group of
Bradley infantry fighting vehicles and several
Leopard 2 tanks got stuck on the mines. The
Russians filmed this group from multiple angles
and repeatedly published the footage until the
Ukrainians made progress and withdrew the
damaged vehicles for repair. Unlike Russian
equipment, Western military vehicles fulfill
their primary purpose – protecting the crew.
Most Leopard and Bradley machines did not
explode after being hit; their crews survived,
and the vehicles can be repaired later.
Although the Ukrainian advance is slow, it is
steady – they have liberated more territory in
a month than the Russians occupied during their
winter offensive in six months. In addition to
the mines, Russian helicopters initially slowed
down the Ukrainians. Ka-52 helicopters were
deployed to perform long-range missile strikes
on enemy equipment since the Ukrainian side
couldn't get air defense systems close enough
to the frontlines, and portable Stinger missiles
have limited range. The Ukrainians reported
shooting down one to two Ka-52 helicopters
almost daily, but only one was officially
confirmed. The confirmed one was captured on
video flying with a damaged tail. The Russian
side claimed that the tail was damaged due
to the firing of their own missile, but this is
unlikely. It is more plausible that it was hit by
a Ukrainian surface-to-air missile. Thanks to its
two counter-rotating rotors, the helicopter was
able to continue flying and make an emergency
The Ka-52 helicopters primarily operated
from the Berdiansk base, where satellite
imagery captured them. However, for unknown
If there were no war, this shot of the Mi-8 on a field base would be downright idyllic. Notice the machine gun in the