Russia: Ukraine’s four HIMARS were destroyed, we used PrSMs
MOSCOW ($1=57.22 Russian Rubles) — The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation says in a press release about its military actions on July 17 that in the region of Krasnoarmeysk, Donetsk, a high-precision missile destroyed one of the M142 HIMARS missile launchers delivered to the Ukrainian armed forces.
The Ministry of Defense released a drone video showing the launch of the precise strike missile, as well as the deployment of at least one HIMARS unit, but not the destruction of the missile system. I.e. from information available through open sources, it can be claimed that the Russian Armed Forces know the location of at least one M142 HIMARS unit.
“In the area of the settlement of Krasnoarmeysk, Donetsk People’s Republic, a launch and transport-loading machine of a US HIMARS multiple rocket launcher system was destroyed with a high-precision ground weapon,” the report said.
At this time, there is no official confirmation from the Ukrainian Armed Forces about the destruction of both M142 HIMARS in the Krasnoarmeysk region, and the claim of the Russian military about the destruction of the four delivered M142 HIMARS.
Ukraine’s four M142 HIMARS were destroyed
This is what the Russian reporter for the online publication Raketna Technika – S.V. Gurov claims. Gurov claims that based on the information provided by the Russian Ministry of Defense at the moment, the destroyed M142 HIMARS near Krasnoarmeysk is the fourth of four missile systems delivered to Ukraine.
“Taking into account the reliability of the previously published information, it can be assumed that during the hostilities, the Armed Forces of Ukraine [VSU] lost four HIMARS MLRS combat vehicles from their first delivery to Ukraine. The Armed Forces of the Russian Federation Federation took them less than a month to destroy the most important part of the delivered weapons and military equipment,” Gurov said in his comment.
According to the Russian missile expert, the remaining transport-loading machines and transport-launch containers individually do not pose a serious danger. “Let’s hope that the Ukrainian side still has at least some sense and will not use the remaining missiles as unguided munitions to fire at civilians and military targets,” Gurov said.
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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