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Ukrainian National Guard Blitzes Russian Targets With ‘Carnation’ Howitzers

“A battery of ‘Carnation’ self-propelled artillery worked flawlessly and ruthlessly destroyed the enemy.”

This is the moment the National Guard of Ukraine loads up a 2S1 ‘Carnation’ howitzer and sends a flurry of missiles at Russian targets.

The National Guard said they “ruthlessly destroyed” Russian targets with a battery of 2S1 Gvozdika Soviet self-propelled howitzers known as ‘Carnation’.

The National Guard of Ukraine said on June 30: “For our brothers in Bucha and Irpin.

A battery of ‘Carnation’ self-propelled artillery, in the skillful hands of the National Guard, worked flawlessly and ruthlessly destroyed the enemy.”

We contacted the Ukrainian National Guard for further comment, as well as the Russian Ministry of Defense, but haven’t received a reply at the time of writing.

Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24 in what the Kremlin is calling a “special military operation.” June 30 marks the 127th day of the invasion.

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that between February 24 and June 30, Russia had lost about 35,600 personnel, 1,573 tanks, 3,726 armored combat vehicles, 790 artillery units, 246 multiple launch rocket systems, 104 air defense systems, 217 warplanes, 185 helicopters, 641 drones, 143 cruise missiles, 14 warships, 2,602 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, and 61 units of special equipment.

NATO leaders have called Russia “the most significant and direct threat to allies’ security and stability,” and announced a new “strategic concept” in response to President Vladimir Putin’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine.

NATO is planning to boost its quick reaction forces from 40,000 troops to over 300,000 troops.

The self-propelled artillery installation “Gvozdika” in the hands of the National Guard of Ukraine used against the Russian Army, in June, 2022. (National Guard of Ukraine/Zenger)

NATO has also formally invited Sweden and Finland to become members of the alliance. The move comes after Turkey agreed to support Finland and Sweden’s NATO membership.

Turkey had initially opposed the countries’ bids to join the military alliance, accusing both of harboring Kurdish militants.

But Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with Finland’s President Sauli Niinisto and Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson at the NATO summit in Madrid and the three countries reached an agreement.

Jens Stoltenberg, the NATO Secretary-General, said: “I am pleased to announce that we now have an agreement that paves the way for Finland and Sweden to join NATO.”

NATO leaders have also pledged additional support to Kyiv, with the aim of modernizing Ukraine’s defense sector.

President Joe Biden congratulated the three countries, saying: “Congratulations to Finland, Sweden, and Turkey on signing a trilateral memorandum – a crucial step towards a NATO invite to Finland and Sweden, which will strengthen our Alliance and bolster our collective security – and a great way to begin the Summit.”

But Russian President Vladimir Putin responded, saying: “If Finland and Sweden wish to, they can join. That’s up to them. They can join whatever they want.”

The self-propelled artillery installation “Gvozdika” in the hands of the National Guard of Ukraine used against the Russian Army, in June, 2022. (National Guard of Ukraine/Zenger)

The Russian strike on a shopping mall in the central Ukrainian city of Kremenchuk has been described by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy as one of the “most brazen terrorist acts in European history.” Over 1,000 people are said to have been inside the building when it was hit by missiles. Eighteen people have so far been confirmed dead.

Speaking about the strike on the crowded shopping mall, President Putin claimed: “Our army does not attack any civilian infrastructure site. We have every capability of knowing what is situated where.”

Russia claimed on Tuesday, June 28, that it had hit a nearby weapons depot, with the explosion sparking the shopping mall blaze.

President Zelenskyy has urged the United Nations to visit the site and has demanded that Russia be expelled as a permanent member of the UN Security Council, accusing the country of having become a “terrorist state.”

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