Pro-Putin Reporter Accidentally Reveals Position of Russian Mega Mortar…and Ukraine Detonates It

Pro-Putin Journalist Accidentally Reveals Position of Russian Mega Mortar in Propaganda Report…and Ukraine Detonates It the Next Day

  • Aleksandr Kots proudly showed off the 2S4 heavy mortar in a propaganda report
  • He gave the location of the large-caliber mortar system to Rubizhne
  • The next day Ukraine blew the first confirmed loss of a 2S4

A Kremlin reporter accidentally revealed the position of a Russian oversized mortar in a Donbass report, and Ukraine duly detonated it a day later, dramatic drone footage shows.

Aleksandr Kots proudly showed the 2S4 Tyulpan 240 mm self-propelled heavy mortar in a propaganda report in Severodonetsk after moving from Mariupol.

The weapon is the largest caliber mortar system in service, firing massive 288-pound F864 shells over a range of six miles.

A Russian 2S4 explodes in a massive fireball after being hit by Ukrainian forces in the Donbas region

Aleksandr Kots (pictured) proudly showed off the 2S4 Tyulpan 240mm heavy self-propelled mortar in a propaganda report

Aleksandr Kots (pictured) proudly showed off the 2S4 Tyulpan 240mm heavy self-propelled mortar in a propaganda report

The weapon is the largest caliber mortar system in service, firing massive 288-pound F864 shells over a range of six miles.

The weapon is the largest caliber mortar system in service, firing massive 288-pound F864 shells over a range of six miles.

Kots’ report to Rubizhne showed multiple angles of the giant mortar, which can also fire Smel’chak laser-guided shells, 3B11 nuclear shells and 308 rocket-assisted cargo shells, in his report showing the weapon to Russians at them.

But less than 24 hours after its footage was released, the mortar was torn to pieces by Ukrainian forces, who happily shared footage of their scalps.

The 2S4 is seen in a massive fireball as its ammo explodes in another blow to Putin’s botched war effort.

This is the first confirmed loss of a 2S4 by Russia during the savage invasion, although the Kremlin is said to have up to 400 inactive mortar systems in reserve.

Kots' report to Rubizhne showed several angles of the giant mortar, which can also fire Smel'chak laser-guided shells

Kots’ report to Rubizhne showed several angles of the giant mortar, which can also fire Smel’chak laser-guided shells

Less than 24 hours after its footage was released, the mortar was torn to pieces by Ukrainian forces, who happily shared footage of their scalps.

Less than 24 hours after its footage was released, the mortar was torn to pieces by Ukrainian forces, who happily shared footage of their scalps.

The 2S4 is seen in a massive fireball as its ammo explodes in another blow to Putin's botched war effort

The 2S4 is seen in a massive fireball as its ammo explodes in another blow to Putin’s botched war effort

The weapon systems are designed to destroy large buildings and heavy fortifications and were developed during the Cold War.

According to Forbes, there are only about 50 left in operational service, 12 per high-powered artillery brigade at the district level.

The weapons only fire one shot per minute and can be both towed and self-propelled.

In Ukraine, they were used to destroy airport terminals in Donetsk and Luhansk, and were also used in Syria, Lebanon and Chechnya.

This is the first confirmed loss of a 2S4 by Russia during the savage invasion, although the Kremlin is said to have up to 400 inactive mortar systems in reserve.

This is the first confirmed loss of a 2S4 by Russia during the savage invasion, although the Kremlin is said to have up to 400 inactive mortar systems in reserve.

The weapon systems are designed to destroy large buildings and heavy fortifications and were developed during the Cold War (file image)

The weapon systems are designed to destroy large buildings and heavy fortifications and were developed during the Cold War (file image)

Kots (pictured) has been described as one of

Kots (pictured) has been described as one of Putin’s ‘most valuable assets’ and is regularly deployed as a war correspondent spreading propaganda to the Russian masses.

Earlier this month, the 2S4 was seen firing at the Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol where surrounded Ukrainian soldiers had been entrenched.

The mortar destroyed by Ukraine is said to have previously destroyed a bridge between Lyschansk and Severodonetsk.

Kots has been described as one of Putin’s “most valuable assets” and is regularly deployed as a war correspondent to deliver propaganda to the Russian masses.

In 2014, Putin even awarded him an Order of Merit to the Fatherland medal for his “objectivity in reporting on events in Crimea”.