The intense video footage shows how a Russian position was struck by Ukrainian artillery fire and how the vehicles targeted burst into flames and appeared to set alight organic material in the bushes and trees surrounding the position.
At the beginning of the clip, several Russian soldiers can be seen walking around the howitzers holding weapons. It is unclear whether the soldiers survived the strike.
In the second part of the clip, a second artillery strike occurs, and large chunks of the howitzers can be seen flying into the air.
The video was shared on Telegram by a pro-Ukraine channel which revealed the strike was coordinated by Ukraine’s 406th Artillery Brigade and the 131st Separate Reconnaissance Battalion.
“Today’s strikes on Russian positions in Hola Prystan area, Kherson region. 406 brigade and 131 separate reconnaissance battalion of the Armed Forces of Ukraine,” the account writes.
The exact location of the strikes were also confirmed by a Twitter geotracker account, which noted that they occurred in the Hola Prystan region of Kherson. The account also identified the exact coordinates of the strike, which were 46.504029, 32.553939.
As with many other videos of this kind, it was accompanied by a backing track – this time, a Metallica song.
War analyst Rob Lee also shared the clip on Twitter, noting that the howitzers destroyed in the attack appeared to be a D-30. Lee also suggested that the Ukrainian brigade likely used Excalibur precision-guided artillery rounds to conduct the strike.
You can see the video here.
“Video of artillery strikes on a Russian D-30 howitzer near Hola Prystan, Kherson Oblast by Ukraine’s 406th Artillery Brigade. Presumably with Excalibur precision-guided artillery rounds,” Lee writes.
In another post, Lee also shares videos of what also looks like Excalibur artillery strikes on Russian positions, both in Kherson.
In these two videos, recorded from above by rotary-blade unmanned aerial vehicles, a Russian Giatinst-S can be seen destroyed by a strike, as well as a D-20 howitzer.
Both videos were first shared by the Ukrainian military, and then reuploaded to Telegram and Twitter.
The first video in Lee’s post also depicts a strike conducted by the 406th Artillery Brigade of the Ukrainian Navy.
Jack Buckby is 19FortyFive’s Breaking News Editor. He is a British author, counter-extremism researcher, and journalist based in New York. Reporting on the U.K., Europe, and the U.S., he works to analyze and understand left-wing and right-wing radicalization, and reports on Western governments’ approaches to the pressing issues of today. His books and research papers explore these themes and propose pragmatic solutions to our increasingly polarized society.