Ukraine devastates Russian artillery depots ahead of offensive

by | Jul 14, 2022 | World

Ukraine destroyed a series of Russian ordnance depots in the 20th week of the war, demonstrating the efficiency of US-supplied HIMARS (High Mobility Artillery Rocket System) rocket systems and other Western systems, and worrying Russian military observers.These Ukrainian attacks appear to be part of preparations for a summer counteroffensive in the southern Kherson and Zaporizhia districts, which border Crimea.
Ukraine said it destroyed a key Russian command post in Kherson district along with a weapons arsenal, killing 12 Russian soldiers on July 10. Its armed forces posted drone footage of a depot in flames.
Two days later, Ukraine said it had struck another Russian ammunition depot in Nova Kakhovka, also in Kherson oblast, this time killing 52 soldiers.

Russia’s official Tass news agency said only civilian infrastructure was hit the second time and seven people were killed but Russian military bloggers have been reporting with concern Ukraine’s recent success against Russian rear depots and have repeatedly posted videos of detonating munitions.
One, who goes by the name Military Informer on Telegram, speaks of “daily combined attacks on Russian bases and warehouses using GMLRS and Point-U missiles to a depth of 80-120km (50-75 miles).”
“The Russian army has not solved the existing problem with the enemy’s long-range weapons,” the blogger said.
The Kremlin has reportedly encouraged Russian military journalists to leave out operational details; Russian President Vladimir Puti …

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