The Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) continue to sustain heavy human and material losses as a result of Russian artillery fire.
On October 2, a video documenting a recent Russian artillery strike on an AFU artillery battery made up of two U.S.-made M777 towed howitzers surfaced online. The Ukrainian battery was reportedly deployed near the settlement of Preobrazhenka. The artillery strike destroyed one of the howitzers and severely damaged the other. A drone was used to coordinate the successful strike.
The M777 howitzer has a maximum rate of fire of seven rounds per minute with a range of up to 40 kilometers when firing Excalibur precision-guided rounds.
In April, the U.S. supplied 108, Canada four and Australia six M777 howitzers to the AFU to help thwart the Russian special military operation in Ukraine. Since then, hundreds of thousands of 155 mm rounds have been supplied to Kiev.
The Russian military has already destroyed or damaged many of Ukraine’s newly-acquired M777 howitzers, in most cases with artillery fire.
Since the start of the Russian special military operation in Ukraine, the AFU has received more than 200 artillery pieces from its Western backers. Despite this support, Ukrainian forces are still outgunned by the Russian artillery. The entire West, including the U.S., does not appear to be able to solve Kiev’s artillery problem.
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