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Photo essay: Destroyed Russian artillery in Ukraine war

Photo: Allia Bukhari
Photo: Allia Bukhari

“We will win in any case. Even without any help,” said Ilia Kuczyński, a volunteer of the territorial defense team from Ukraine, who looked after an exhibition of the destroyed Russian military equipment and weapons in Prague. A stage artist by profession, Kuczyński lauded the military assistance and support provided by Europe for his country as the war entered its sixth month. 

Straight from the battlefield, from the first wave of the conflict, several destroyed Russian weapons were put on display in Prague. Visibly rusty and damaged, the artillery gained the attention of the passersby, the media and the locals of the Czech capital, drawing attention to the ongoing struggles and triumphs of the Ukrainians. 

The exhibition displayed a 2S19 MSTA-S Self-Propelled Mortar which was “neutralized” by the Ukrainian army during an attempted assault on the Kyiv region.

Photo: Allia Bukhari
Photo: Allia Bukhari

A T-90A Battle Tank was shot down by the Ukrainian army during an attempted attack on the Chernihiv region. According to info at the exhibition, it is the main battle tank of the Russian army developed in the late 80s and early 90s. The tank was also given the name “Vladimir” upon its arrival in the market. Ukraine also claims that Russia has lost at least 20 such tanks.

Photo: Allia Bukhari

Next in line on the display is a 2S34 Khosta Self Propelled Mortar shot down by the Ukrainians in Chernihiv. The weapon is designed with the purpose of destroying manpower and rocket launches among other targets.

Photo: Allia Bukhari
Photo: Allia Bukhari

The 9K114 SHTURM anti-tank mission system particularly catches the eye. With an operational range of 500km and a firing range of up to 30km, the vehicle was also captured in Chernihiv by the Ukrainian forces.

Photo: Allia Bukhari
Photo: Allia Bukhari
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The writer is a journalist from Pakistan, mostly covering social issues and women's rights, and an Erasmus Mundus scholar currently based in Prague.
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