The Russian military claims to have destroyed two US M777 howitzers near Stepnogorsk in the Zaporozhye region, continuing the disposal of M777s the US had donated to Ukraine.
Earlier, the Russian Defense Ministry released a video showing how the crew of 152mm Giatsint-S self-propelled artillery guns beat down M777 155mm howitzers.
At a press conference on Saturday, Defense Ministry spokesman Lt. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said the strikes were successful.
“Two American M777 howitzers were destroyed in the Stepnogorsk region, Zaporozhye region,” the official representative of the Russian Defense Ministry, Lieutenant General Igor Konashenkov, said on July 30.
“A battery of Uragan multiple rocket launcher systems around the Kurdyumovka settlement and two artillery batteries of Giatsint-B howitzers were hit,” he added.
Konashenkov claimed that the Russian Armed Forces also destroyed seven platoons of D-20 and D-30 artillery, two batteries of Gvozdika self-propelled artillery systems and six platoons of Grad multiple launch rocket systems.
Konashenkov’s statements, published by the state-run Tass news agency on Saturday, could not be confirmed by EurAsian Times. Russia has made a number of allegations regarding the destruction of Ukrainian weapons.
Earlier this month, Russia also claimed to have hit a hangar containing weapons that the United States had supplied to the Ukrainian armed forces.
The Defense Ministry spokesperson then alleged that the hangar housed “American M777 155mm howitzers and up to 30 Ukrainian militants shelling residential areas of Donetsk”.
The howitzers were part of an $800 million weapons package introduced by the Biden administration in April, which also included armored personnel carriers, helicopters and tens of thousands of artillery rounds.
The United States has increased its military aid to Ukraine. It also sent High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) into the country, which wreaked havoc on the Russian side, according to multiple reports.
Recently, Russia claimed to have eliminated four HIMARS, or M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems, in a battle of claims and counterclaims.
BAE Systems manufactures the M777, a 155mm field howitzer. The M777 uses NATO-standard 155 millimeter shells, a step up from Ukraine’s 122 and 152 millimeter artillery pieces.
With a firing range of 40 kilometers, it can fire Excalibur guided shells. M777 howitzers were delivered to Kyiv from the United States, Canada, Australia and Germany.
The majority of M777s the United States donated to Ukraine belonged to the US Marine Corps, which have become obsolete. There are still over a thousand M777s belonging to the Marines and the US Army. It is conceivable that some of them could be supplied to Ukraine.
In June, a An independent Russian media has revealed that the number of weapons and military vehicles destroyed in Ukraine by Moscow was greater than what Kyiv had in its arsenal.
New weapons systems delivered by the West are helping Ukraine fight and thwart Russian aggression.
The effectiveness of HIMARS was particularly praised. A senior Ukrainian official recently claimed that Russia’s billion-dollar S-400 missile defense system was incapable of intercepting the HIMARS.
Due to HIMARS’ ability to fire at targets up to 80 km away, Ukrainian forces can fire at long range and retreat before a counterattack. According to a Pentagon official, they prevented Russia from achieving air superiority in the conflict.
In early May, Ukrainian forces reportedly wreaked havoc on Russian positions with their brand new M777 ultra-light howitzers; however, recent images and claims from the Russian Ministry indicate casualties on both sides.
“That’s not to say that casualties aren’t being suffered on both sides. They are, both in terms of forces but also in terms of equipment and weapons systems,” a senior US official said during a briefing. a press briefing at the Pentagon. “It’s a real firefight in the Donbass, literally, with artillery exchanges every day and the Russians [continuing] to carry out airstrikes,” he said.