US HIMARS, M270 rockets and M777 howitzers fuel Ukrainian offensive

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The Russian invasion of Ukraine has been raging for 190 days, and now Ukrainian forces are fighting back. The Ukrainian counter-offensive in the south is in full swing and Ukrainian forces are advancing towards the strategic city of Kherson.

Ukrainian ground thrusts are supported by intensive long-range fire, including from M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS), M270 Multiple Long Range Systems (MLRS) and M777 155mm Howitzers, which target and eliminate Russian supply and lines Communication.

Russian victims in Ukraine

Ukraine’s Defense Ministry claimed that as of Thursday, Ukrainian forces had killed around 48,350 Russian troops (and wounded around three times that number), destroyed 234 fighter, attack and transport planes, 205 helicopters attack and transport, 1,997 tanks, 1,115 artillery pieces. , 4,345 armored personnel carriers and infantry fighting vehicles, 287 multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS), 15 boats and cutters, 3,239 vehicles and fuel tanks, 153 anti-aircraft batteries, 849 air systems unmanned tactical vehicles, 104 special equipment platforms, such as vehicle walkways, and four Iskander mobile ballistic missile systems, and 196 cruise missiles shot down by Ukrainian air defenses.

The Russian army continues to suffer heavy losses on the battlefield. The Ukrainian counter-offensive is taking a heavy toll on the Russian forces.

For example, in the past 24 hours alone, the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense claimed that its troops had killed 450 Russian soldiers and destroyed 23 tanks, 33 armored personnel carriers and infantry fighting vehicles and 24 pieces of artillery. And over the past two days, the Ukrainians claim to have killed 800 Russian soldiers and destroyed 43 tanks, 51 armored personnel carriers and infantry fighting vehicles and 36 artillery pieces.

These are unsustainable losses for an army struggling with extreme force generation problems and a war with no end in sight. As the conflict drags on, the Russian military will continue to lose effectiveness and therefore its ability to successfully conduct offensive ground operations. Unless the Kremlin finds a solution, the Russian army will certainly find it difficult to achieve Moscow’s revised campaign objectives of capturing the whole of Donbass, i.e. the province of Donetsk since the Russian army and its pro-Russian separatist allies control Luhansk.

High-speed anti-radiation missiles in Ukraine

Although it initially denied reports that it supplied Ukraine with advanced anti-radiation missiles, the Pentagon has now acknowledged sending an undetermined number of AGM high-velocity anti-radiation missiles (HARMs). -88 in Kyiv.

And now footage has emerged showing Ukrainian pilots deploying HARMs against Russian air defense systems.

Open source intelligence suggests that the Ukrainian military used the AGM-88 HARM to eliminate Russian ground radar installations and the S-300 and S-400 air defense systems.

“A substantial and sustained degradation of Russian radars with HARMs would be a major setback to Russia’s already troubled situational awareness,” British Military Intelligence said. rated in his latest estimate on the war.

The AGM-88 HARM is designed to locate and destroy radars by locking onto their emitted radiation.

Biography of the expert: A 19FortyFive Columnist Defense and National Security, Stavros Atlamazoglou is a seasoned defense journalist specializing in special operations, a Hellenic Army Veteran (National Service with the 575th Marine Battalion and Army HQ) and a graduate of Johns Hopkins University. His work has been featured in Business Intern, Sandboxand SOFREP.

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