152mm Msta-B fires OF45 HE shells to deep Ukrainian fortifications
MOSCOW, ($1=56.71 Russian Rubles) — The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation distributed video footage of the combat operation of a 152mm towed howitzer 2A65 Msta-B in the war in Ukraine. The ministry says the howitzer is part of the artillery armament of the Western Military District of the Russian Federation.
The video footage recorded the work of several Msta-B towed howitzers fortified behind sand shelters, which produce a series of shells. A drone deep in Ukrainian territory has recorded the damage to artillery OF45 HE shells.
The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation said in a statement that this type of projectile is used to destroy fortifications with maximum damage, including major damage to deep concrete enemy fortifications.
The Ministry of Defense does not provide information on which Ukrainian front the recorded battle is taking place, or when. However, the video was published on the official Telegram channel of the ministry and ends with the letter “V”, which together with the letter “Z” became a symbol of Russian troops in the minds of Russians, and a symbol of Russian occupation and genocide in the minds of Ukrainians. The video was shared today [May 24].
152 mm howitzer 2A65 Msta-B
152 mm howitzer 2A65 Msta-B is a towed howitzer from the Soviet era. It was designed in the mid-1980s and has been in service with the Russian artillery services since 1987. The strange thing is that despite the distant year of design, these howitzers continue to be produced to this day.
152 mm howitzer 2A65 Msta-B in addition to Ukraine has documented participation in the following conflicts: War in Donbas and the Syrian civil war. This howitzer is still in service in Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Syria, Turkmenistan, and Ukraine.
The howitzer weighs 6,800 kg and its barrel length is 7,200mL / 4. As already mentioned, this cannon fires OF45 highly explosive [HE) artillery shells.
2A65 Msta-B’s elevation is -3.5 ° to + 70 ° and the traverse is 28 °. Its rate of fire is 5-6 rounds per minute, while its muzzle velocity is 828 m / s [2,720 ft / s]. The howitzer’s maximum firing range is up to 28.9 km [18.0 mi].
2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine
On 21 February 2022, the Russian government claimed that Ukrainian shelling had destroyed an FSB border facility on the Russia Ukraine border, and claimed that it had killed 5 Ukrainian soldiers who tried to cross into Russian territory. Ukraine denied being involved in both incidents and called them a false flag.
On the same day, the Russian government formally recognized the self-proclaimed DPR and LPR as independent states, according to Putin not only in their de-facto controlled areas, but the Ukrainian Oblasts as a whole, and Putin ordered Russian troops, including tanks, to enter the regions.
On 24 February 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an invasion of Ukraine by Russian Armed Forces previously concentrated along the border. The invasion followed by targeted airstrikes of military buildings in the country, as well as tanks entering via the Belarus border.
Russia has so far not recognized the invasion of Ukraine as a “war”, although that is exactly what it is, claiming that it is a “special military operation”. According to the UN, in which Russia has its permanent representation, for military action to be defined as a “special military operation”, it must have a resolution issued by the UN. There is no such resolution, which automatically defines the military actions of the Russians as an invasion and war against the citizens of Ukraine.
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