Ukrainian soldier shot down Russian missile with M2 machine gun

A Ukrainian soldier used a Browning machine gun to bring down a Russian cruise missile on Tuesday, January 23rd, according to Commander of the Joint Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, General Serhiy Nayev.

General stated that the incident occurred in the northern operational zone, where mobile firing groups intercepted several incoming enemy cruise missiles. One of these missiles was brought down by the precision fire of a M2 Browning .50 caliber machine gun.

A Ukrainian soldier practices with an American-donated machine gun at a training ground in eastern Ukraine.

General Nayev shared a video showcasing the exceptional marksmanship and swift response of the Ukrainian defenders. The footage demonstrates the Browning machine gun effectively targeting and destroying the incoming threat.

This interception comes during an overnight Russian missile attack, which saw over ten Tu-95MS and five Tu-2M3 bombers launch missiles at various Ukrainian cities, including Kyiv, Kharkiv, and Pavlograd. Preliminary reports indicate seven casualties, with nearly 50 individuals sustaining injuries.

Ukraine’s Air Force reported it had destroyed 21 out of the 41 missiles launched by Russia overnight. These missile strikes on Ukrainian cities have unfortunately become a grim reality of the ongoing war, with attacks intensifying in recent weeks.

About M2 Machine Gun

The M2 Machine Gun or Browning .50 Caliber Machine Gun is a heavy machine gun designed towards the end of World War I. The M2 uses the much larger and more powerful .50 BMG cartridge, which was developed alongside and takes its name from the gun itself (BMG standing for Browning Machine Gun). The M2 has been referred to as “Ma Deuce.”

This weapon has served in every major conflict and war the US has been involved in from WWII, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, Desert Storm, the Gulf War, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom and is still being manufactured today.

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