Devastation in Donetsk

This is a quadcopter video of the Stepanivka Donetsk region published in December last year showing the devastation to the building stock in the area.

This is a quadcopter video of the Stepanivka Donetsk region published in December last year showing the devastation to the building stock in the area.

This second video is not in English but conveys a sense of ordinary people coping in extraordinary times

Sobering viewing

 

 

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ArmChairCivvy
ArmChairCivvy
January 9, 2015 9:26 am

Not a single conventional arty round crater in sight.

All impacts from above, not from the side. A spectacularly brewed-up tank suggests not mortars, but penetrating rounds.

Conclusion: a convoy was spotted, the rocket fire salvo landed only when they had mainly passed, and the heat seeker submunitions picked up buildings as the hottest spots instead. The footage is from a very small area, just tries to convey the opposite by angle changes.

Dangerous Dave
Dangerous Dave
January 12, 2015 8:51 pm

. Agreed. The first shot of the road appears to be sub-munitions? I noted that the trees and telegraph poles were intact, and ground bursts or air-bursts from large HE would shred them with splinters and debris. On a side note, what remains of that tank appears to be a T-64 judging by the small road wheels – and what happened to the turret, even a large direct hit wouldn’t have blown it far . . .

With the shots of the building, the impacts are from near vertical, I saw from the only 2 places where the walls had been destroyed (the gaps in the roof trusses above). I noticed that the window frames on the part of the building with the shattered roof (near the gable-end) had been placed *inside* the building. So removed prior to the artillery impact and not blown-out by the blast? Maybe the building was being used to house heavy direct-fire weapons that needed the frames removing to stop impeding the traverse mechanism?

Finally, to me, the localized nature of the damage in the large building seems to imply small caliber rounds, probably mortars or small precision guided missiles fired from the air?

Of course, I am patently no expert and await some of the experts here to show me the errors in my “working out”. :-)

ArmChairCivvy
ArmChairCivvy
January 12, 2015 9:26 pm

The newer models have blow-out panels, but in older tanks (t64?) top-down hits tend to get a booster from the internally stored rounds.