Russia sent a trainload of dozens of 155mm Msta-S SPHs to Ukraine
MOSCOW ($1=60.18 Russian Rubles) — Russia sent dozens of armored vehicles and 155mm Msta-S self-propelled howitzers to Ukraine. A resident of the Crimean Peninsula posted a video on a Telegram channel. The train crosses the Crimean bridge and enters the territory of Ukraine.
The video was posted on Telegram yesterday, with the user claiming it was filmed on the same day – August 3rd. Sources claim that the transported self-propelled howitzers are going to Kherson to stabilize the defense line. Other sources claim that Russia is preparing to renew its offensive into Ukraine – beyond the defense line in Kherson.
BulgarianMilitary.com has information from a Russian military officer that Moscow is preparing to send artillery to Ukraine, which at the moment has not yet been used. It is a 152mm 2S35 Koalitsya-SV. This is a self-propelled howitzer, one of the latest developments of Russian engineers, which entered service only six years ago. The maximum range of the 2S35 Koalitsya-SV is 80 km, it is powered by a diesel engine that produces a power of 1,000 horsepower.
152mm Msta-S is a Russian killing machine
The Belgian online portal Army Recognition analyzes the Russian Msta-S self-propelled howitzer, stating that this self-propelled gun is the Russian nightmare for Ukraine. According to the Belgian authors, it is this Soviet-era self-propelled howitzer that is the backbone of Russian artillery in the war with Ukraine.
The Msta-S is a 152.4mm self-propelled howitzer developed in the 1980s and entered service in same period. The howitzer has documented participation in several conflicts, mostly regional to the Russian Federation, such as the Second Chechen War, the War in Donbas, the 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, and the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine. The howitzer weighs 42 tons. Depending on the type of ammunition, it can fire up to 10 rounds per minute. The maximum range can reach up to 28 km.
The Msta-S is armed with the 152mm 2A65 gun, which note is the main gun of the towed howitzer of the same Msta-B series. This gun, even in a towed howitzer version, can fire a laser-guided artillery projectile.
According to data from open sources, the Soviet Union produced about 1,100 units in various variants and configurations of the self-propelled howitzer. Army Recognition reports that the Russian Army has at least 500 operational self-propelled howitzers in its inventory, including 2S19/2S19M1 Msta-S and 320 2S19M2/2S33 Msta-SM.
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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