Defending Troops Shell Russian Targets With British M777 Howitzers
The Ukrainian military has released video footage of troops shelling Russian targets with 155-millimeter M777 howitzers made in the United Kingdom.
Operational Command South said on July 12: “The M777 howitzer fires high-precision missiles with a maximum range of up to 40 kilometers [24 miles].
“With the use of such shells, a single battery can cover a firing range of up to 1,250 square kilometers [482 square miles].
“In addition, the M777 has a digital fire control system.
“Even colleagues from NATO are surprised by how skillfully Ukrainian gunners are using the new weapons.
“The military skill of Ukrainian artillerymen, combined with partner assistance, brings the de-occupation of the south of Ukraine from the Rashists closer every day.”
‘Rashist’ is a term that is often used by the Ukrainian forces when referring to the Russian invaders. It is a combination of the words ‘Russia’ an ‘fascism’.
Manufactured by the Global Combat Systems division of London-based arms company BAE Systems, the M777 is used by the ground forces of Australia, Canada, India, Saudi Arabia, Ukraine, and the United States.
We contacted the Ukrainian military for further comment, as well as the Russian Ministry of Defense, but haven’t received a reply at the time of writing.
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The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that between February 24 and July 13, Russia had lost about 37,570 personnel, 1,649 tanks, 3,832 armored combat vehicles, 839 artillery units, 247 multiple launch rocket systems, 109 air defense systems, 217 warplanes, 188 helicopters, 678 drones, 155 cruise missiles, 15 warships, 2,704 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, and 67 units of special equipment.
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