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Druzhina17 Jun 2022 4:59 a.m. PST

Two Russian Mi-35M helicopters attacked Ukrainian positions, the first helicopter was fired at by a MANPAD, but its flares saved it, and the missile went into the ground. The 2nd helicopter was hit by another MANPAD and went down.
SputnikATONews, Jun 17, 2022.

GeoConfirmed near Rivnopil', Donetsk Oblast (47.79585, 36.70327).

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Druzhina19 Jun 2022 5:50 a.m. PST

First some examples of rocket use:
1) Ukrainian Mi-8MSB helicopter doing that indirect fire thing with lofted S-13 122mm rockets, Apr 30, 2022.
2) Video taken by the IR camera of a VKS helicopter — purportedly shown that unguided rockets fired by VKS Su-25 are not dispersing as widely as perceived: Jun 15, 2022. (via Tom Copper)
3) Ukrainian Mi-8s with B13L1 rocket pods carrying S-13 rockets, June 16, 2022.

Supplement: Spray & Pray, How it Works. Video explaining all the details with help of fragments from different videos released by the Russians, by Thomas van Hare, June 19.

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Druzhina24 Jun 2022 2:35 a.m. PST

COTS drone Mine clearance
Abraxas Spa, Jun 24, 2022.

"It's not all that often you see a Ukrainian commercial off-the-shelf drone clearing a road of TM-62 anti-tank mines by dropping an improvised VOG-17 based munition."
I.D. byUkraine Weapons Tracker


The first combat use of the M142 HIMARS.
Pavlo Narozhnyy, Jun 24, 2022.


Alchevs'k, Luhansk Oblast, a Russian SAM fails during launch
OSINTtechnical, Jun 24, 2022.


The drone strike on the Russian Novoshakhtinsky refinery in Rostov Oblast was not by a TB-2, PD-1 or PD-2. Some commercial drones are suggested.

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Druzhina24 Jun 2022 5:23 a.m. PST

The drone may have been a
Ukrainian made ACS-3 (Raybird-3)


"The last few weeks Ukrainians have repeatedly reported air strikes by ‘three missiles' — foremost on Mykolaiv, but also in other areas (Dnipro, for example). Must admit this confused me, because VKS combat aircraft are usually deploying pairs of air-to-ground missiles. Foremost Su-34s are carrying either two Kh-59s (ASCC/NATO-codename ‘AS-13 Kingbolt'), or two Kh-29s (ASCC/NATO-codename ‘AS-14 Kedge').

… three Kh-22s are the maximum load of the Tu-22M-3; two on underwing stations and one under the centreline, like on attached illustration. Seems, such a combination was used to hit a depot with sunflower oil in Mykolaiv, yesterday in the morning, and then to hit another facility inside the industrial zone of that port, later during the day."
Tom Cooper, June 24.

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wardog26 Jun 2022 12:43 p.m. PST

interesting use of drone ,think there was one or two mines still active

Druzhina27 Jun 2022 4:22 a.m. PST

Second drone strike on the Russian Novoshakhtinsky refinery. It crashed near the tanks, a good 300m from the 1st one.
from thread by RALee85


Satellite imagery shows a burned area at the site of a recent missile launch failure near Alchevsk, Luhansk Oblast. (above), Brady Africk.


Russian attack (missed) on a bridge the Cherkasy area, Jun 27, 2022.

Supplement: Russian Missile Strike, 25 June 2022, by Tom Cooper.
Supplement: Of Backfires and Kitchens, by Tom Cooper, Jun 27.
And why the Russians are using old Kh-22 missiles launched from Tu-22M-3 heavy bombers.

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Druzhina27 Jun 2022 11:57 p.m. PST

"Ukraine's air force command said the shopping complex in Kremenchuk was hit by two long-range X-22 missiles fired from Tu-22M3 bombers that flew from Shaykovka airfield in Russia's Kaluga region."

Osinttechnical, June 28, 22.

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Druzhina28 Jun 2022 2:06 a.m. PST

Cyrillic Х is usually translated as Kh, so Х22 = Kh22.


Video of a Russian Ка-52 Helicopter shot down with Martlet MANPAD, Kochevenko, June 28, 2022.
Ukraine Weapons Tracker reported: UK-supplied LMM multirole missile [=Martlet] proved that it could work against more than just UAVs; the Ukrainian 95th Air Assault Brigade scored a hit against a Russian helicopter in the East. The aircraft, said to be a Ka-52 attack helicopter, appears to crash.

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Druzhina28 Jun 2022 7:15 p.m. PST

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Osinttechnical (for video)
"Security camera footage from the strike on the mall in Kremenchuk clearly shows a Russian KH-22 directly impacting the structure. No secondary explosions."


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"On June 27, Russian Aerospace Forces launched a high-precision air attack at hangars with armament and munitions delivered by USA and European countries at #Kremenchug road machinery plant.

The high-precision attack has resulted in the neutralisation of west-manufactured armament and munitions concentrated at the storage area for being delivered to Ukrainian group of troops in Donbass.

Detonation of the storaged munitions caused a fire in a non-functioning shopping centre next to the facilities of the plant."
Russian Embassy, UK


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"New June 28th high resolution satellite imagery from @Planet shows the destroyed Kremenchug shopping mall, damage to the factory complex, and no damage to the train station, highlighted in this claim from the Russian Embassy."
Bellingcat, Jun 29, 2022.


The Kh22 (AS-4 'Kitchen') is not high-precision, see "Supplement: Of Backfires and Kitchens" above.

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Druzhina29 Jun 2022 4:15 p.m. PST

Russia's Kremenchuk Claims Versus the Evidence, bellingcat, June 29, 2022.


US is planning to provide NASAMS air defence missile systems to Ukraine are a big deal, if true. Here's why. ChrisO, Jun 27, 2022.


A Ukrainian Tu-143 Reys unmanned aircraft was shot down above Kursk Oblast this night.
There are reports that these obsolete drones were adapted to carry explosives and now used as Ersatz-ballistic missiles with a range of more than 100km.
Ukraine Weapons Tracker, Jun 29, 2022 .

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Druzhina02 Jul 2022 2:15 a.m. PST

$820 USD million in additional security assistance for Ukraine includes 2 Two National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile Systems (NASAMS), U.S. Department of Defense, July 1, 2022.
See above for description.

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