Ukraine Army Targets Reactors Using US Howitzers

August 30th, 2022 - by Konstantin Mikhalchevsky / RIA Novosti & Brendan Cole / Newsweek

Russia destroys Ukraine’s M777 Howizers and HIMARS.

Russian Troops Destroy M777 Howitzer
that Ukraine Used to Fire at the ZNPP

Konstantin Mikhalchevsky / RIA Novosti

MOSCOW (August 27, 2022) — Near Marganets, Dnepropetrovsk region, an M777 howitzer was destroyed, from which the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant [ZNPP] was [targeted], the Russian Defense Ministry said.

“Ukrainian artillery shelled the nuclear power plant from the area of the village of Marganets, Dnipropetrovsk region. During the counter-battery fight in this area, an American M777 howitzer was identified and destroyed,” said Igor Konashenkov .

A quarter of the attacks of the Ukrainian army on Energodar fell on the territory of the ZNPP. 

According to the ministry, 17 shells were fired at the station during the day. Four of them are said to have hit the roof of Special Building No. 1, where 168 assemblies of American nuclear fuel are stored. Ten more exploded 30 meters from the storage of spent nuclear fuel, three — in the area of special building No. 2, where the storage unit for fresh nuclear fuel and the storage of solid radioactive waste are located.

Russia Says It Destroyed Two US Howitzers in ‘Counter-Battery Fight’

Brendan Cole / Newsweek

(July 30, 2022) — Russia’s defense ministry has said its troops have destroyed Ukrainian weapons supplied by the US. Defense Ministry spokesman Lieutenant-General Igor Konashenkov claimed the successful strikes during an update to reporters on Saturday.

“As part of the counter-battery fight, two American M777 howitzers were destroyed in the area of ​​Stepnogorsk, Zaporozhye region,” he said, according to state news agency TASS.

In May, the US gave 90 of the field artillery pieces, which are used by the US Army and Marine Corps, to Ukraine. The M777 uses NATO-standard 155-millimeter shells, which is an improvement over Ukraine’s 122 and 152-millimeter artillery pieces.

They generally fire precision-guided Excalibur rounds that use the Global Positioning System (GPS) to hit targets and Ukraine has hailed them for their precision and power.

Konashenkov also said on Saturday that Russian troops had destroyed Ukraine’s Soviet-era multiple launch rocket systems, Giatsint-B and Uragan. This followed strikes in the towns of Kodema and Belaya Gora in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, which Moscow backs.

Newsweek has contacted the Ukrainian defense ministry for comment.

Russia has made a number of unverified claims about destroying Ukrainian weapons. Last week, Russia said it had destroyed four M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems, or HIMARS, which are also supplied by the US.

However, the claim came only a day after the US said that all of the systems it had supplied Kyiv remained intact.

Both Russia and Ukraine’s claims about the opposing side’s losses have been met with some skepticism. Independent Russian outlet Agentstvo reported last month that the number of weapons and military vehicles Moscow claimed to have destroyed in Ukraine exceeded what Kyiv had in its arsenal.

Ukraine has previously dismissed Russian reports of successfully targeting HIMARS.

Meanwhile, the weapons systems are proving to be a game changer for Kyiv’s forces. They were used to destroy ammunition depots in the southern Ukrainian city of Nova Kakhovka and the vital Antonivka Road Bridge in the Kherson region, where Ukrainian troops are mounting a counter-offensive.

HIMARS can shoot targets up to 50 miles away allowing Ukrainian forces to shoot from a long distance and move away before there is any counterattack. A Pentagon official said on Friday that they have stopped Russia from gaining air superiority in the war.

So far, the US has supplied 12 of the systems and pledged an additional four. However, Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov has said his country would need at least 100 of the systems to reverse Russian gains in the Donbas region.

Newsweek has contacted the Russian Defense Ministry for comment.

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