Troops Destroy Entire Russian Artillery Division Hiding In Woods
Ukrainian troops destroyed an entire Russian artillery division hiding in the woods.
The Ukrainian military said they destroyed eight units of 152-mm ‘Msta-B’ 2A65 howitzers, vehicle equipment, ammunition, and strongholds of the Russian Armed Forces.
Command of the Airborne Assault Troops of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said on July 22: “Artillery of the DSHV and SV of the Armed Forces of Ukraine destroyed the artillery division of 152-mm howitzers ‘Msta-B’ 2A65 personnel, equipment and BC of the Russian occupiers.
“The video recorded successful fire missions of the artillery units of the Airborne Assault and Ground Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
“Thanks to a clear and coordinated assault, the howitzer artillery division was destroyed – 8 units of 152-mm ‘Msta-B’ 2A65 howitzers and personnel of the division, automobile equipment, ammunition and fortifications of the Russian occupiers.”
The Ukrainian military added: “Death to the Russian invaders! Together to victory! Glory to Ukraine!”
Zenger News contacted the Command of the Airborne Assault Troops for further comment, as well as the Russian Ministry of Defense, but had not received a reply at the time of writing.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that between February 24 and July 22, Russia had lost about 39,000 personnel, 1,704 tanks, 3,920 armored combat vehicles, 863 artillery units, 251 multiple launch rocket systems, 113 air defense systems, 221 warplanes, 188 helicopters, 713 drones, 167 cruise missiles, 15 warships, 2,781 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, and 72 units of special equipment.
In its latest report on July 21, the Russian MoD put Ukrainian losses at “260 airplanes and 144 helicopters, 1,577 unmanned aerial vehicles, 356 air defense missile systems, 4,135 tanks and other armored combat vehicles, 762 combat vehicles equipped with MRLS, 3,174 field artillery cannons and mortars, as well as 4,413 units of special military equipment”.
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CIA director William Burns said on July 20 that Washington estimated around 15,000 Russian military fatalities in Ukraine thus far, in addition to some 45,000 wounded, with corresponding Ukrainian figures also significant.
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