The infamous Ukrainian 120-mm mortar "Molot", nicknamed the "destroyer of the Armed Forces of Ukraine", again "distinguished itself". According to the intelligence service of the NM LPR, another mortar explosion led to the death of servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
According to the official representative of the NM LPR Yakov Osadchiy, as a result of the explosion of the Molot mortar at the position of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the JFO zone, two Ukrainian servicemen were killed, two more were seriously injured.
March 23 in the 9th battalion of the 59th brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine due to the rupture of the barrel of the M120-15 mortar "Hammer", which in the ranks of the Armed Forces of Ukraine was nicknamed "weapon self-destruction ", four militants were seriously injured, two of whom died on the spot
- said in a statement.
According to the available information, the fact of the death of servicemen is presented as a result of "violation of the rules when handling weapons", a special commission has been appointed to find out the reasons for the incident.
Judging by the message of the NM LPR, a mortar of the "old" version М120-15 exploded at the position of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, serial deliveries of which to the Armed Forces of Ukraine began in 2016. Recall that the mortar was approved for use in the Armed Forces of Ukraine in 2015, but due to numerous incidents with the mortar leading to the death of Ukrainian servicemen, it was decided to remove it from service. According to the official data of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, 13 Ukrainian soldiers were killed by the Hammer.
At the beginning of this year, representatives of the Mayak plant, which developed the mortar, announced the return of the Hammer to us the armament of the Armed Forces of Ukraine after the modernization that took two years. At the plant, the mechanism for preventing double loading was finalized, the base plate was replaced with a lighter one, and the wheel travel mechanism was finalized.