MOSCOW ($1 = 63.36 Russian rubles) – The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation shared a video on its Telegram channel about the deployment and use of forgotten Soviet heavy artillery – 2S7 Pion, also known as Malka.
“The gunners destroyed equipped firing positions and observation posts of the Ukrainian Armed Forces located in the forest. The artillery was guided by drones. the message said. The artillery gun crews used high explosive shells up to 30 kilometers away, and after the firing the artillery battery was moved to a reserve position so that it would not be detected by the services of the artillery. Ukrainian intelligence.
The 2S7 Pion is a Soviet-era self-propelled howitzer. Although entering service in 1976, the artillery has documented involvement in few conflicts, primarily near the Russian border. 2S7 Pion is shrouded in mystery, as there is no official information on what units it produces – some say 200, some say 500, some say 1,000.
1990 2S7 Pawn not produced. However, it is still in service in some countries, mainly in the former Soviet bloc or in close relations with Moscow, such as Angola, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, North Korea and Uzbekistan. The 2S7 Pion is also in service in Ukraine. The Ukrainian 2S7 Pion were not in serviceable condition, but after the start of the war some were restored and used by the Ukrainian army. It is alleged that Kyiv has a total of 99 weapon units.
The 2S7 Pion weighs just over 46 tons. The howitzer is 10.5 meters long, just over 3 meters high and exactly 3 meters wide. The 2S7 Pion is operated by a crew of 14. A 2S7 Pion projectile weighs between 103 and 110 kg. The gun has a caliber of 203 mm and has a range between 30 and 48 km. The speed reached by the projectile when it leaves the barrel of the gun (initial speed) is very high – almost 960 m / s.
The 2S7 Pion is a powerful self-propelled howitzer. It is primarily designed for rough and difficult terrain – roads and terrain that most armored vehicles could not handle. The howitzer is powered by a 12-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine developing 840-850 horsepower. The suspension is of the torsion bar type. The maximum speed is 50 km/h, and with a full tank of fuel it covers a distance of 650 km.
Russian invasion of Ukraine in 2022
On February 21, 2022, the Russian government claimed that Ukrainian bombing had destroyed an FSB border facility on the Russian-Ukrainian border and claimed that it had killed 5 Ukrainian soldiers who were trying to cross into Russian territory. Ukraine denied involvement in both incidents and called them a false flag.
On the same day, the Russian government officially recognized the self-declared DPR and LPR as independent states, according to Putin, not only in their de facto controlled areas, but in all Ukrainian oblasts, and Putin ordered Russian troops, including tanks, to enter regions.
On February 24, 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an invasion of Ukraine by Russian armed forces previously concentrated along the border. The invasion was followed by targeted airstrikes on military buildings in the country, as well as tanks entering through the Belarusian border.
So far, Russia has not recognized the invasion of Ukraine as a “war”although that is exactly what it is, claiming that it is a “special military operation“. According to the UN, in which Russia has its permanent representation, for military action to be defined as “special military operation”, it must have a resolution issued by the UN. There is no such resolution, which automatically defines Russian military actions as an invasion and war against Ukrainian citizens.
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