24-hours ago I produced a thread on the Destiny Solutions board explaining how artillery was going to turn the tide in the Donbas region.
Tonight, just an hour ago and 24-hours after my first thread, I am reading Ukraine has taken back so much territory in Donbas that their mechanized artillery units are on the Russian border.
Ukraine has Russian troops in a “hammer” and “anvil” move, pushing from the North to meet their dug in troops in the Deep South. The Northern troops on the move with all this new modern artillery will be the hammer. The dug in Ukrainian troops in the South will be the anvil. The Russian troops in between had better make a run for the border while they can.
In these two threads, you’ll learn what America has airlifted to Ukraine, including an amazing new howitzer, the M777. The Army trained me as an artillery man during Vietnam. I had never heard of the M777 155mm howitzer, so I searched and found a youtube video which shows 8 men crews putting these lightweight howitzers, the most modern towed artillery pieces extant, through the motions.
Setup time for an M777 is 6 minutes. And the M777s only weigh 7,500 pounds and are digitally controlled for pinpoint accuracy. A youtube video I posted in this thread alludes to “smart munitions” that can also be fired from these howitzers without giving away how they work. (Have we sent Ukraine some of these munitions?)
Here is the first thread:
The second thread is one I posted 60 minutes or so ago.
In this thread you’ll see two amazing tweeted videos from Rob Lee on twitter which show a mechanized artillery unit from Ukraine destroying moving Russian armored pieces. If indeed these are artillery strikes, not drones, then this is game over for Russian troops on the ground who travel in armored vehicles. This would be a first use of artillery striking moving targets in such easy fashion.
Indeed, if this is proven artillery strikes of moving armored pieces, then it leads one to speculate about the “smart” artillery rounds used with such pinpoint accuracy. One tank explodes and I counted 7 seconds till a part of it finally fell back to earth. The precision and power of these rounds just make me shake my head. I counted about 10 direct hits of moving vehicles within 90 seconds. I watched the video 5 or 6 times and wondered, “How in hell does Russia not just wave the white flags now?” The accuracy of the strikes on moving targets tells me tank warfare is now a waste of men, money, and material.
In comments below Rob’s two videos, one person speculates the “smart” rounds are Ukrainian made, not American. He even shows a photo of said “smart” round from Ukraine.
Lastly, Forbes breaks the story of how Ukraine has moved so quickly in Donbas territory near Kharkiv that Russian troops are now caught between the aforementioned “hammer” and “anvil” move. Forbes also points out that not only can Ukraine attack from the North like a hammer, but they can also shell “holding areas” inside Russia.
My worry is Ukraine is moving so quickly on their counter-attack that their supply and logistics will not be able to catch up to them (think of Russia’s first 48 hours during the invasion). However, with superior weaponry which is so deadly accurate, Ukraine just might clear all Russian troops from Donbas as their victories mount within two weeks, instead of 3-4 weeks as analysts have speculated.
All of this can be found here in my second thread just posted about an hour ago:
p.s. In my twitter thread #StandWithUkraine I linked to a Guardian story about the UK’s Defense Minister who gives the greenlight to any NATO country wanting to send Ukraine their old Russian Migs. At this moment, Ukraine is in control of 90% of its airspace. But you add some 30 more jet planes, and yeah, I could see Ukraine taking back Crimea as well.
554) #StandWithUkraine #ArmUkraineNow #DefeatPutin
Britain would support and provide assistance to Poland or any other central or eastern European country willing to supply Russian-designed jet fighters to Ukraine, the defence secretary has said.