MOSCOW ($1=57.50 Russian Rubles) — The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation announced that in the time interval between late Friday and early Saturday they fired 12 high-precision missile strikes at artillery and mortar positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The information and details about the strikes were announced by the spokesman of the Russian Ministry of Defense, Lieutenant General Igor Konashenkov.
General Konashenkov announced that among the struck and destroyed Ukrainian weapons were four platoons of towed howitzers M777 and four platoons of Soviet production GRAD multiple launch rocket system [MLRS]. According to the Russian command, the destroyed weapons systems of the Ukrainian military forces were located in the areas of Avdievka, Keramik, Zhelannoe, Lastochkino, Ocheretino, and Vodiane – all in Donetsk.
The Russian Ministry of Defense has confirmed that Ukrainian forces are using French-delivered Caesar howitzers in hostilities in Donetsk. General Konashenkov stressed that in recent days the Ukrainian armed forces have used M777 intensively, subjecting massive artillery strikes to Russian positions in the region.
BulgarianMilitary.com recalls that mainly the United States, Canada, and Australia delivered towed M777 howitzers to Ukraine weeks ago, as BulgarianMilitary.com published photos of their loading and transportation to 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.
This is not the first time that Russia has announced the destruction of the Western M777 howitzers. In mid-May, the Russian Ministry of Defense released a video taken by a drone showing a Russian loitering munition destroying at least one M777 battery.
Just a day ago, BulgarianMilitary.com announced that the Ukrainian armed forces were depleting their stockpiles of Soviet- and Russian-designed ammunition. They are increasingly difficult to find for purchase or delivery. Slovakia said the day before that it was delivering missiles to Ukraine for the GRAD MLRS.
Earlier today BulgarianMilitary.com quoted a senior military official of the Ukrainian army, who says that Ukraine loses between 200 and 500 soldiers every day [they are killed], and at least as many are wounded on the battlefields in the Donbas region. According to a Ukrainian source, up to 1,000 Ukrainian soldiers are killed or wounded a day.
“Artillery trap” or “artillery war” trap. Such a descriptive statement write in one of the most widely-read web portals in Ukraine – The Kyiv Independent. The web portal quoted senior military sources as saying that “Ukrainian troops are trapped in an ‘artillery war’ on critical fronts and are clearly at a disadvantage in terms of artillery systems.”
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, and 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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