The Ukraine war is now set to get even more destructive, as a key dam has been destroyed, with the civilian population now in serious trouble and a clear causality in this conflict.
And once again, we turn to social media to get a sense of what is happening.
It seems Ukraine will not back down and will take it to Putin at every turn:
VIDEO: Watch Ukraine Destroy Russian Air Defense System
“A Russian 9A310M1[-2] TELAR of the Buk-M1[-2] air defense system was destroyed by a precision strike of Ukrainian forces presumably in #Luhansk Oblast,” the account writes in a post accompanying the video.
The video was also accompanied by dramatic music – a tactic used by both Ukrainian and Russian forces designed to make the footage appear more intimidating, or to turn the clip into more effective propaganda.
In the video, the Russian TELAR vehicle is seen in a stationary position in a rural field, close to a hedge row. The video is recorded by a rotary blade Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicle. Moments into the video, the vehicle erupts into a huge explosion, with huge sections of the vehicle flying into the air and creating plumes of white smoke that rise hundreds of feet into the air.
The exact location of the strike was confirmed by volunteer geotrackers, who disagreed with the suggestion that the strike occurred in Luhansk Oblast. Through a combination of photographs, video, and satellite imagery, geotrackers say that they were able to determine the strike occurred in Druzhne, Zaporizhzhia Oblast.
Twitter account @neonhandrail, a volunteer for the @GeoConfirmed Twitter account, said that the strike was conducted by Ukraine’s “Omega” special unit in Zaporizhzhia.
What Is the TELAR?
The Russian Buk air defense system uses a series of vehicles to detect aerial threats and counter them with missiles. The TELAR is a transporter erector launcher and radar, a vehicle designed to hold, transport, and elevate missiles into their firing position.
The huge explosion in the video, therefore, could likely be explained by the fact that the TELAR was holding ammunition designed to be used to prevent Ukrainian air strikes. Buk missile defense systems also utilize a command vehicle and a target acquisition radar vehicle.
There may be as many as six TELAR vehicles used with every Buk air defense system.
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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.