Ukrainian military attacks with Western weapons disrupt Russian supply lines – in general

KYIV, July 14 (Reuters) – Ukraine uses Western-supplied long-range weapons and 155mm “smart” grenades to hit Russian ammunition dumps and supply lines, forcing Moscow to reconsider how it supplies fuel and ammunition to the front line, says a Ukrainian. said General Thursday.

Ukraine said earlier Thursday that its forces had hit two military checkpoints and a landing site in a city in Russian-occupied territory in southern Ukraine, the latest attack Kyiv says its forces have carried out deep in areas that Russia has held in the last two weeks.

General Oleksiy Gromov told a news conference that Western supplies of weapons were crucial to Ukrainian attacks, highlighting US-made High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS), which Kyiv began receiving last month.

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HIMARS has a longer range and is more accurate than the Soviet artillery that Ukraine had in its arsenal.

“We are reducing the enemy’s potential, hitting his logistics supply, hitting his ammunition … The enemy is being forced to change its ammunition and fuel supply system,” Gromov said.

“Right now, the enemy is looking at placing brigade-level ammunition dumps no closer than 100 kilometers (62 miles) from the front line and corps-level depots at distances of over 150 km.”

The West has provided Ukraine with long-range heavy artillery and multiple rocket systems to help Kiev survive despite Russian artillery sovereignty in terms of numbers and ammunition.

Russia’s foreign ministry on Thursday criticized the United States and Britain for helping train Ukraine’s armed forces and accused Washington of giving Ukraine instructors to help Kyiv’s forces use HIMARS. Read more

Gromov’s claims could not be independently verified by Reuters. But they suggest that Western weapons have a major impact on the battlefield and may indicate a subtle shift in the dynamics of war after nearly five months.

“In addition to MLRS, we actively use 155mm smart grenades with self-aiming elements, by means of which almost 30 of the enemy’s armored objects have already been hit,” Gromov said.

Russia, which invaded Ukraine on February 24, has conquered part of the territory of southern Ukraine and used its artillery supremacy in the east to gain gradual territorial gains, eventually conquering the Luhansk region. Read more

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Reporting by Max Dogs, Writing by Tom Balmforth, Editing by Timothy Heritage

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