U.S.-supplied Howitzers have reached Ukraine navy, amid ongoing battle with Russia: Protection minister

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Ukraine has acquired a cargo of M109 howitzers from the USA, replenishing its provides amid its ongoing battle with Russia.

Ukraine’s Protection Minister Oleksii Reznikov mentioned the brand new cargo of artillery weaponry has reached Ukraine’s entrance traces, together with the M777 howitzers, FH70 howitzers, and CAESAR SPHs that had been provided by the U.S., the UK, and France, respectively.

Every of the towed artillery weapons makes use of the 155mm artillery caliber, which is NATO commonplace.

“I am also happy to announce the news: the 155-mm artillery pool is being replenished,” Reznikov mentioned in an announcement. “Ukraine has already received M109 SPHs in one of its modifications. This equipment is of very high quality. Its supply was the result of cooperation between several countries.”

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“Like any minister in my position, I wish I had many more weapons and as soon as possible. Because the lives of our people are at stake,” Reznikov continued. “At the same time, we must understand: in the last month and a half, for instance, we have received more NATO-standard artillery shells than there are Soviet shells available!”

A soldier fires a howitzer sight during artillery drills of the Eastern Operational-Territorial Command of the National Guard of Ukraine, Kharkiv Region, northeastern Ukraine. 

A soldier fires a howitzer sight throughout artillery drills of the Japanese Operational-Territorial Command of the Nationwide Guard of Ukraine, Kharkiv Area, northeastern Ukraine. 
(Vyacheslav Madiyevskyy/ Ukrinform/Future Publishing through Getty Pictures)

The protection minister additionally mentioned Ukraine acquired anti-ship Harpoon missiles from its Danish companions.

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“I would also like to inform that the coastal defense of our country will not only be strengthened by Harpoon missiles – they will be used by trained Ukrainian teams,” he added.

Soldiers man a howitzer during artillery drills of the Eastern Operational-Territorial Command of the National Guard of Ukraine, Kharkiv Region, northeastern Ukraine. 

Troopers man a howitzer throughout artillery drills of the Japanese Operational-Territorial Command of the Nationwide Guard of Ukraine, Kharkiv Area, northeastern Ukraine. 
(Vyacheslav Madiyevskyy/ Ukrinform/Future Publishing through Getty Pictures)

Reznikov credited using the “high-quality” weaponry to Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who has spent months assembly with worldwide leaders and has led constant negotiations for weapons and provides to assist within the protection of his nation.

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“It was simply impossible to imagine [using these weapons] back in March. But today it is already a reality which materialized due to great teamwork led by the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy,” he wrote.

This photograph taken on May 10, 2022, shows an Ukrainian Army's self-propelled howitzer loading on a tank transporter near Bakhmut, eastern Ukraine, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine. 

This {photograph} taken on Might 10, 2022, reveals an Ukrainian Military’s self-propelled howitzer loading on a tank transporter close to Bakhmut, japanese Ukraine, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine. 
(Photograph by YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP through Getty Pictures)

Kyiv is undoubtedly hoping the artillery provides assist Ukrainians in pushing again Russian forces from the Luhansk area, the place Russian forces have seized management, and the Harpoon missiles might assist in disrupting a Russian naval blockade within the Black Sea.

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“The strategic decision to switch to NATO-type heavy weaponry already has a concrete dimension. The cooperation of partnership states that provide Ukraine with weapons and equipment is already unprecedented,” the protection minister mentioned.

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