According to Ukraine Weapons Tracker, a popular war-tracking Twitter account, the Russian self-propelled mortar was destroyed by the Ukrainian 406th Artillery Brigade on the left bank of the Dnipro River.
“A 2S4 Tyulpan 240mm self-propelled mortar was destroyed by a precision artillery strike of the Ukrainian 406th Artillery Brigade on the left bank of the Dnipro River, #Kherson Oblast,” the account writes.
“In the southern direction, an enemy self-propelled mortar that was shelling peaceful villages was destroyed,” the YouTube caption reads.
“Let’s work further, to complete Victory! Glory to Ukraine!”
The precise location of the strike was also determined by volunteers on Twitter who contribute to the popular @GeoConfirmed account.
“World’s Most Powerful” Mortar
The 2S4 “Tulip,” is a valuable target for the Ukrainian forces. Despite entering production in the late 1960s, this Soviet-era weapon is the largest mortar system in use to this day and is capable of carrying 20 long-range rocket-assisted shells, or 40 standard shells.
The 2S4 has also been described as the world’s most powerful self-propelled mortar, and the weapon hit the headlines in January this year when it was deployed by the separatist Donetsk People’s Republic in Eastern Ukraine.
Russia’s RIA Novosti shared a video of the self-propelled mortar in use in Ukraine, noting that the first Slavic brigade used it to strike a Ukrainian position in the Donetsk direction.
#Ukraine: A 2S4 Tyulpan 240mm self-propelled mortar was destroyed by a precision artillery strike of the Ukrainian 406th Artillery Brigade on the left bank of the Dnipro River, #Kherson Oblast. pic.twitter.com/i8HcNTQepW
— ???????? Ukraine Weapons Tracker (@UAWeapons) May 15, 2023
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