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Ukraine Captures New Russian Air Defense System: Report

The Ukrainian military has captured one of Russia’s most modern air defense systems amid the ongoing conflict between the two nations, several defense outlets reported, citing a video circulating on social media.

Twitter account UAWeapons posted a 43-second video on Wednesday showing a “very modern” 9S935 man-portable air-defense system (MANPADS) target cuing set being opened and inspected by Ukrainian soldiers.

The 9S935 kit is responsible for equipping anti-aircraft gun units with portable missile systems and coordinating actions to increase weapon system efficiency.

The target cuing set is part of a larger command and control system called the Barnaul-T, which manages various air defense units.

Both the 9S935 and the Barnaul-T system can bring together various pieces of the Russian short-range air defense system (SHORAD). 

The 9S935 provides automated solutions for the reception of target trajectories, issuance of messages about command execution, and complex combat calculations.

‘Russia Has Failed’

Amid reports of heavy equipment losses and deaths of top Russian military personnel, a top Biden aide claims that Russia and President Vladimir Putin have failed to achieve their goals in Ukraine.

US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan stated that the Kremlin had set three objectives when it launched a “special military operation” in Ukraine, including subjugating Kyiv, enhancing Moscow’s power and prestige, and dividing the West.

“Russia has thus far manifestly failed to accomplish all three objectives. In fact, it has thus far achieved the opposite,” he said, as quoted by Al Jazeera. “Although Russia may take more territory in these brutal military operations, it will never take the country away from the Ukrainian people.”

Last month, Forbes reported that Russia had lost more than $5 billion in military equipment as Ukrainian forces put up heavy resistance.

Researchers at Oryx Blog also found that the Ukrainian military destroyed Russia’s only T-80UM2 experimental main battle tank prototype during the ongoing invasion.

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