In a new film, Vasyl Maliuk, Head of the Security Service of Ukraine (SSU), has described how a group of fighters from Special Operations Centre A destroyed 79 pieces of Russian equipment in four combat missions during the battles for the Road of Life near Bakhmut in the spring of 2023.
Source: Maliuk in a film by 1+1, Bakhmut: The Road of Life, from the documentary series SSU: Special Operations of Victory
Details: The SSU revealed how snipers from Special Operations Centre A fought for the Road of Life near Bakhmut in the spring of 2023.
The SSU’s Special Forces, together with the Defence Forces, held this important logistical artery for a long time to gain time for Ukrainian troops to regroup and to prevent the Russian forces from advancing.
FPV drones played a key role in the battles in Donetsk Oblast. SSU Special Forces were among the first to use them for combat operations, having previously improved and adapted them for specific missions.
Quote from Maliuk: "The SSU is the leader in terms of the number of armoured vehicles destroyed by attack drones. One of our groups completely destroyed 79 pieces of equipment in four combat missions. A drone that costs between $450 and $2,000 burns up a multi-million-dollar tank. That’s very clear arithmetic that proves the effectiveness of drones."
For reference: The film Bakhmut: The Road of Life was released on the anniversary of the deaths of Special Operations Centre A snipers Dmytro Kaplunov and Denys Volochaiev. It is also dedicated to sniper Oleksandr Vdovychenko and honours the memory of all fallen SSU officers and members of the Defence Forces.
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