Russia Claims It Has Destroyed American M777 Howitzer Ammo In Ukraine
These images allegedly show a Russian multiple launch rocket system destroying multiple targets in Ukraine including ammunition for American M777 howitzers.
The footage, obtained from the Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD), shows what appears to be a BM-21 Grad multiple launch rocket system, with ‘O’ symbols on its side and roof, maneuvering into position.
The ‘O’ is one of the symbols, as well as the letters ‘V’ and ‘Z’ that can be seen painted on Russian military vehicles taking part in the invasion of Ukraine.
Its weaponry can then be seen being deployed by two Russian soldiers before it fires a salvo of rockets. The footage then cuts to what the Kremlin claimed were its intended targets, filmed from high up above a forested area.
What appears to be footage from a drone shows multiple explosions in the forested area in what the Kremlin claimed were successful hits on Ukrainian targets, including ammo for American M777 howitzers.
The footage was obtained from the Russian MoD on Thursday, August 11, along with a statement claiming (in Russian) that the images show “live firing of Grad multiple launch rocket systems of a self-propelled artillery regiment of the Central Military District in the zone of a special military operation.”
The Russian MoD also claimed: “Having made a high-speed march to the starting positions from the combat duty area, the artillerymen of the Central Military District deployed and directed the Grad installations, according to intelligence from unmanned aircraft, at the positions of Ukrainian nationalists.
“During the missile strike, a fortified warehouse, an electronic warfare position and 5 ammunition transport vehicles for American 155-mm M777 howitzers were destroyed.
“Having completed the fire defeat of the enemy, the calculation changed its position, leaving from under a possible return fire.”
We have not been able to independently verify the claims or the footage.
Zenger News contacted the Russian MoD for further comment, as well as the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense, but had not received a reply at the time of writing.
Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24 in what the Kremlin is still calling a “special military operation”. Thursday marks the 169th day of the war.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that between February 24 and August 11, Russia had lost about 43,000 personnel, 1,846 tanks, 4,100 armored combat vehicles, 974 artillery units, 261 multiple launch rocket systems, 134 air defense systems, 232 warplanes, 193 helicopters, 772 drones, 185 cruise missiles, 15 warships, 3,018 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, and 90 units of special equipment.
Russia has claimed that its casualties have been much lower, but provides infrequent updates on its latest figures. The Pentagon said this week that Russia had suffered between 70,000 and 80,000 casualties – deaths and injuries – since the beginning of its invasion.
Ukraine has accused Russia of firing rockets from near the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant – Europe’s largest – in a move that has killed at least 13 people and wounded 10, knowing that it would be difficult for Ukraine to fire back.
Ukraine says that the Kremlin targeted Marhanets, which is a town in the neighboring Dnipropetrovsk Oblast, on the other side of the Dnieper River from the nuclear power plant, that Russia has claimed that Ukraine has previously used to shell Russian soldiers at the plant.
Ukraine’s President, Volodymyr Zelensky, said that Kyiv will not leave Russian shelling of the Dnipropetrovsk region unanswered and vowed to inflict significant damage on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s forces to end the war.
Ukraine’s Air Force has estimated that up to a dozen Russian aircraft were destroyed at the Saky airbase in Crimea on Tuesday. Ukraine has not publicly claimed responsibility. Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014.
President Zelensky has vowed to liberate Crimea and said: “This Russian war against Ukraine and against the entire free Europe began with Crimea and must end with Crimea – with its liberation.”
British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace has said the Saky airbase is a “legitimate target” for Ukraine. He said: “First and foremost, Russia has illegally invaded, not just in 2014, but now Ukrainian territory.” He added: “Ukraine, under UN articles, is perfectly entitled to defend its territory and take what action it needs to against an invading force.”
The EU has been urged to put a travel ban on Russian tourists. Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas said that “visiting Europe is a privilege, not a human right” and that it was time to “end tourism from Russia now”.
Estonia, a member of NATO since 2004, has summoned the Russian ambassador to its country and formally protested after a Russian helicopter violated its airspace on Tuesday.