Russia on Thursday unveiled a recent march dubbed the "Leopard Tank Killer", while the Ukrainian military acknowledged a mistake in providing information about the withdrawal of Russian troops from a city it controls in the south of the country.
The Russian defense published at a meeting of its leaders a few days ago for the first time a video report on the use of the Aerospace Force for the drone "Corsair", according to a report published by the site "Russia Today".
According to the report, the march is 4.2 meters long, 1.2 meters high, has a working range of 200 kilometers, and can remain in the air for 10 hours.
He revealed the march of "Corsair" for the first time at the "Army-2019" military-technical forum. The march is dedicated to reconnaissance of the ground by means of radar, carrying it, conducting air patrols and aerial photography, according to the same source.
It could also be used as a strike drone carrying Ataca anti-tank missiles that pierce 800-millimeter-thick armor. It has also been called the "Leopard-2 killer."
Tanks & Fighters
The Russian announcement comes at a time when Norwegian military authorities published photos of the dispatch of 8 Leopard-2 tanks and other military ammunition to Ukraine.
The Norwegian armed forces said they were training Ukrainian soldiers to use tanks in Poland.
The delivery is part of the so-called NATO Tank Alliance formed to support Kiev and which to date, in addition to Norway, includes Germany, Poland, Portugal and Canada to send 48 Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine.
In turn, the Slovak Ministry of Defense announced the delivery of the first four MiG-29 fighter jets to Ukraine. Other planes would be delivered to Kiev in the coming weeks, it said.
On the other hand, Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council Dmitry Medvedev warned of the repercussions of continuing to supply Ukraine with weapons, stressing that this increases the risk of nuclear war.
Poland, in turn, announced two weeks ago the delivery to Ukraine of the first batch of "Leopard 2" tanks, which have capabilities, most notably comprehensive protection against improvised explosive devices, mines and missiles.
Other NATO countries are expected to decide whether to proceed with sending batches of their high-tech tanks, led by the American tank "Abrams", which the Pentagon describes as the best in the world, and its counterpart, the "Challenger", the jewel in the crown of the British Land Force.
Meanwhile, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenksy inspected the perimeter of the front in the city of Kherson, from which the Russians withdrew in November 2022 to the opposite bank of the Dnipro River, the natural border between the two armies.
Hours after Zelenksy inspected the area, Ukraine's Defense Ministry announced that Russian troops had withdrawn on Wednesday from the city of Nova Kakhovka, on the opposite side of the Dnipro River.
Zelenksy (second from right) during his visit Thursday to the city of Kherson (Reuters)
Nova Kakhovka, which has a hydroelectric dam and had a population of 45,<> before the Russian attack, is northeast of the city of Kherson, but the Ukrainian General Staff was quick to deny the Russian withdrawal and acknowledged a mistake.
A statement by the Ukrainian General Staff via Telegram said: "The occupiers are still temporarily present in Nova Kakhovka. The information about the supposed withdrawal of the enemy from this town was published following an incorrect use of the available data."
An official appointed by Russian authorities in the Kherson region was quick to deny that the Russian army had withdrawn from the city of Nova Kakhovka.
"It has been officially announced that all Russian military personnel in Nova Kakhovka as well as in other areas on the left bank of the Dnipro River are still in their positions," Vladimir Saldo said on Telegram.
In the eastern city of Pakhmut, where the fiercest fighting has been concentrated for months, the Ukrainian army confirmed that it had detected "exhaustion" among Russian forces, announcing its intention to use it to launch an "imminent" counter-offensive.