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Ukraine Destroys Huge Russian 2S4 Mortar After Kremlin Journalist Gives Away Position In News Report

Russian journalist Aleksandr Kots proudly showed off the 2S4 Tyulpan mortar on Russian TV, not realising he was giving Ukraine enough information to pinpoint and destroy it less than 24 hours later.

Ukraine destroyed Russian 2S4 Tyulpan mortar after Russian journalist shows it off in TV report
Ukraine destroyed a Russian 2S4 Tyulpan mortar after a journalist showed it off in TV report

Kremlin journalist Aleksandr Kots accidentally gave away the position of a huge Russian mortar during a TV report from the Donbas, in less than 24 hours, drone footage captured Ukraine blowing it up.

Kots was showing off the 2S4 Tyulpan 240mm self-propelled heavy mortar during a pro-Russian news report in Severodonetsk after the weapon system was moved from Mariupol.

The 2S4 is the largest calibre mortar currently in service, firing huge 288-pound F864 shells to a range of six miles.

Kots' report showed multiple angles of the 2S4 Tyulpan, which can also fire 3B11 nuclear shells, 308 rocket-assisted cargo shells, and Smel'chak laser-guided rounds.

Somewhat embarrassingly for the Russian military, less than 24 hours after airing the footage, the mortar was blown to pieces by Ukrainian forces, who quickly shared the footage online.

2S4 Tyulpan 240mm self-propelled heavy mortar
2S4 Tyulpan 240mm self-propelled heavy mortar

The 2S4 was seen exploding in a huge fireball while its ammunition detonated. This is the first confirmed loss of a 2S4 since the invasion of Ukraine began.

Designed during the Cold War, the weapon system is designed to destroy heavy fortifications and large buildings.

The 2S4 was responsible for considerable damage at the Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol earlier in the month.

Aleksandr Kots has been described as one of Vladimir Putin's most "valuable assets", and is a strong tool in spreading pro-Russian propaganda.

Kots was awarded an Order of Merit for the Fatherland medal by the Russian President for his "objectivity in reporting on events in Crimea."

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