Ukrainian HIMARS Strikes Destroyed Russia’s S-400 SAM in Donetsk Oblast

Images have surfaced of what appears to be the 5P85СМ2-01 launcher of the S-400 missile complex, according to Ukrainian media reports.

A Ukrainian HIMARS multiple rocket launcher has destroyed the Russian S-400 launcher that attacked the town of Kramatorsk in Donetsk Oblast, the Centre for Strategic Communication and Information Security of Ukraine (Stratcom) tweeted.

“A Ukrainian HIMARs successfully destroyed the S-400 missile that injured 61 and killed 13 innocent people in Kramatorsk (including four children and writer Victoria Amelina). HIMARs delivered the best revenge,” Stratcom said in its tweet.

In the June 27 Russian attack on Kramatorsk a missile hit a crowded pizza restaurant in the center of the city. Three Colombian citizens and the famous Ukrainian writer Victoria Amelina were among those injured.

Ukraine destroyed a Russian 48YA6-K1 Podlet K1 low-altitude radar in Lazurne, Kherson Oblast.

Amelina, who was seriously injured and hospitalized after the attack, was reported to have died of her injuries on July 3.

As of June 29, the casualties of the attack included 12 deaths and 60 injured people.

Ukraine’s military said on July 15 that it destroyed a Russian S-400 missile system that was used to launch a June strike on Kramatorsk, which killed 13 people, including three children.

According to the Operational North Command, an American-provided HIMARS, short for High Mobility Artillery Rocket System, was used to strike the Russian target.

“The defense forces took revenge on the occupiers for the bombing of Kramatorsk,” the Operational North Command said in its Telegram post.

Images have surfaced of what appears to be the 5P85СМ2-01 launcher of the S-400 missile complex, according to Ukrainian media reports citing these images as the visual confirmation of the loss of the S-400 missile system.

The launcher in question was first spotted in November last year; however, an OSINT Twitter handle by the name of ‘Ukraine Weapons Tracker’ reported it as the 5P85SM Transporter Erector Launcher (TEL) belonging to the S-400 long-range air defense system.

The S-400 (NATO reporting name: SA-21 Growler) is a mobile, surface-to-air missile (SAM) system developed in the late 1990s by Russia’s Almaz Central Design Bureau for Marine Engineering as an upgrade to the S-300 family.

Budgetary constraints dictated a great deal of the S-400’s makeup, with an estimated 70 to 80 percent of its hardware borrowed directly from its S-300 predecessor that had begun development in the late 1960s.

The S-400 missile and radar components are sourced from South Korean Seoul Semiconductor and Foxconn Taiwan. The Gyroscope and navigation components are sourced from Germany, Switzerland and the United States.

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