WASHINGTON — A senior US State Department official made a statement to the Pentagon. The statement said the 155-millimeter M777 howitzer, delivered from the United States and allied countries, had a major impact on the battlefield, with Ukrainians pushing Russian forces east and north of Kharkiv.
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Senior official: “Ukrainians are ready to continue the counter-offensive in Donbas. They (the Ukrainians) regained some cities that the Russians had conquered in the past. We believe that howitzers had an impact, especially in Kharkiv. Not only the systems of the United States but also the systems of other countries have certainly helped to give Ukraine momentum and regain some territory.”
Ukrainian Defense Minister Alexei Reznikov said that 74 of the 90 M777 howitzers delivered from the United States to Ukraine were used not only in Kharkiv but also in Donbas, noting that their long-range and indirect fire capabilities were improved during the war. Currently, Russian President Vladimir Putin has dedicated about 80% of Ukraine’s overall tactical groups.
See how M777A2 destroys Russian 152mm SPG
A video published by journalist Yuri Butusov records the use of the weapon against the 152mm Russian 2S3 Akatsiya self-propelled gun, also known as SO-152 [Russian: СО-152]. The video also shows how the Ukrainian military is preparing to use the M777A2.
“Modern cannons, modern ammunition – great losses for the Russian army,” Yuri Butusov said in a comment. The video shows the marking of the modification M777A2. In this version of the modification, the software for using high-precision Excalibur projectiles has been updated. “It hits from the first shot with very high accuracy. The first shot was deflected, but the Ukrainians corrected themselves and a second shot followed,” Butusov added.
When using the cannon recorded by the journalist, the aim of the gunners was a battery of Russian cannons. After the first shot, the cannon is reloaded and the sight is adjusted. The results of the second shot of the M777A2 were recorded by a drone. The goal has been achieved: destroyed Russian 2S3 Akatsiya SPG.
We showed you the M777 delivery
On April 29 we published the loaded M777 artillery of heavy transport military aircraft. BulgarianMilitary.com announced on April 23 that the Canadian government will send the M777 to Ukraine’s aid. The United States and Australia later reaffirmed their intention to support the Canadian decision and do the same.
The American howitzers were loaded on the American transport military aircraft Boeing C-17 Globemaster III. The Belgian online portal Armi Recognition suggests that at least four such aircraft with weapons, including the M777, are traveling to Europe.
The photos were taken on April 23 and 24, which suggests that the four Boeing C-17s have already landed. Most likely [unconfirmed information] they landed in Stuttgart, Germany. Stuttgart has been designated by NATO and Allied forces as a major distribution center for weapons and weapons technology to be transported through Poland to Ukraine.
About M777 155mm towed howitzers
M777 155mm is an American howitzer, which has been in service since 2005. Australia, Canada, India, Saudi Arabia, and the United States are currently the operators of this type of artillery. 155mm M777 is manufactured by BAE Systems. This howitzer has taken an active part in the war in Afghanistan over the past 20 years. Separately involved in hostilities in Iraq, Yemen, and Syria.
155mm M777 weighs 4,200 kg and is 10.7 meters long. The crew that serves the howitzer consists of eight soldiers. Its caliber is 155 mm and fires projectiles M107, M795, ERFB, M982. The shells fly at 827 m/s. Depending on the type of projectiles used, the operational range of the howitzer is different: from 24 to 40 km.
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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