Ukraine - Russia Invasion conflict

President Volodymyr Zelensky said in an interview broadcast on Sunday, September 25, that Ukraine had received sophisticated air defence systems from the United States, Reuters reports. It was the first acknowledgment that Ukraine had received the National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System (NASAMS), long sought by Kyiv and whose shipment was approved by Washington late last month.

In their quick and disorderly retreat from various sectors of Ukraine caused by a powerful Ukrainian counter-attack, Russian forces left some high-value equipment behind them, as Army Recognition already reported on September 16. Among the Russian equipment recovered, the Ukrainian army announced on September 18, via Twitter, that it had obtained a T-90M Proryv-3 tank, one of the most modern in the Russian land forces that lost at least another one in combat last May.

According to a tweet from Ukrainian Weapons Tracker posted on September 9, the Ukrainian army has received Estonian K-14 anti-armor (EFP) directional mines. The mine can penetrate about 50mm of steel armor at a distance of 50 meters. These PK-14 mines are already actively used on the front lines.

Ukraine has reportedly found a new way to thwart Russian forces: fake wooden targets capable of deceiving missiles. A first success that led the country to extend the system for wider use. In fact, it is simply the reactivation of a successful World War 2 trick extensively used by the Allies in UK to deceive German air force reconnaissance flights.

-MOSCOW, August 29. /TASS-DEFENSE/. The United States handed over the second batch of HARM antiradar missiles to Ukraine. They are fit for MiG fighter jets operated by Kiev. A representative of the US Department of Defense said Washington wanted to provide to Ukraine an asymmetric and unexpected advantage.

On August 15, Oleksii Rezniko, the Ukrainian Minister of Defense, tweeted that the Latvian Ministry of Defence hads confirmed the delivery of six self-propelled M109 howitzers and ammunition to Ukrainian forces to support their defense against the Russian invasion. Oleksii Reznikov wrote that the howitzers “are already showing results on the battlefield”.

As written on en.topwar.ru, the shortage of artillery is forcing the Ukrainian army to re-use old guns that had already been withdrawn from service in the armies of other countries. Among these ‘’museum pieces’’ are howitzers dating back to the Soviet Union era immediately after the Great Patriotic War 1941-45).

All-Russian Research Institute "Signal", the developer of the robotic (optionally-manned) demining system called "Prokhod-1", confirmed the use of its system by the Russian army during the war in Ukraine. Vladimir Pimenov, General Director of Signal, comments on this use, reported on en.topwar.ru.

MOSCOW, August 3. /TASS-DEFENSE/. Russian troops continue using precision-guided weapons against military facilities of the Ukrainian army. However, Russian precision-guided weapons are no longer capable of changing the course of the special military operation in Ukraine. Long-range artillery and air defense missile systems, satellite reconnaissance data should be used more actively, military expert Oleg Falichev writes in the Independent Military Review.

What can Ukraine do facing Russia’s might in the field of artillery? What towed guns and self-propelled howitzers does each army operate? A tweet posted on July 17 by Shashank Joshi provides a very interesting chart comparing both arsenals. To make it short, Ukraine is believed to have about 1,000 howitzers and 200 MLRS, both shooting a total of about 4,000-5,000 rounds a day, while Russia is believed to have about 3,000 howitzers and 1,300 MLRS, both shooting between 20,000 and 50,000 rounds a day. Needless to say that the following figures are impossible to check or update, as it is generally the case with OSINT (Open-Source Intelligence).

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