Russian howitzers strike Ukrainian mortar unit

The Russian howitzer scored direct hits on a Ukrainian mortar detachment operating in the region, destroying the unit along with an ammunition supply point supporting their operations.

A Russian artillery unit employed one of its powerful ‘Giatsint-B’ 152-mm howitzer systems to devastating effect against Ukrainian forces.

According to reports from Russian military sources, the howitzer scored direct hits on a Ukrainian mortar detachment operating in the region, destroying the unit along with an ammunition supply point supporting their operations. “A unit of Russia’s ‘Giatsint-B’ 152-mm howitzer destroyed a Ukrainian mortar detachment along with its ammunition supply point,” stated a Russian defence ministry communique.

The 2S19 Msta-S self-propelled howitzer, known by the Russian designation ‘Giatsint-B’, has been a key system in Russia’s artillery forces since the late Soviet era. With a range of up to 24 kilometres, the 152-mm howitzer is capable of engaging enemy targets with high explosive ammunition as well as laser-guided projectiles. Its mixture of firepower, accuracy, and mobility make it one of the modern Russian military’s premier indirect fire support weapons.

While Ukrainian officials have yet to confirm the details of the strike, the loss of the mortar unit and its ammunition stock will deal a significant blow to their frontline capabilities in the region. Artillery has played a pivotal role in the conflict, with both sides relying heavily on mass indirect fire to shape the battlespace and pound enemy positions and logistics lines.

Independent observers have warned that as the conflict persists, the risk of it spiralling into a wider regional conflagration continues to grow. Already, tensions between Russia and NATO have been severely strained by the fighting, with both sides accusing the other of provocative actions and dangerously raising the stakes.