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Ukraine received a shipment of M109 howitzers from the United States, replenishing its supplies amid its ongoing war with Russia.
Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov said the new shipment of artillery weapons had reached Ukraine’s front lines, including M777 howitzers, FH70 howitzers and CAESAR SPHs respectively supplied by the states United States, the United Kingdom and France.
Each of the towed artillery guns uses the 155mm artillery caliber, which is the NATO standard.
“I am also happy to report the news: the 155mm artillery pool is being replenished,” Reznikov said in a statement. “Ukraine has already received M109 SPH in one of its modifications. This equipment is of very high quality. Its supply is the result of cooperation between several countries.”
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“Like any minister in my position, I would like to have a lot more weapons and as soon as possible. Because the lives of our people are at stake,” Reznikov continued. “At the same time, we have to understand: in the last month and a half, for example, we have received more NATO-standard artillery shells than there are Soviet shells available!
The Defense Minister also said that Ukraine had received Harpoon anti-ship missiles from its Danish partners.
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“I would also like to inform that the coastal defense of our country will not only be reinforced by Harpoon missiles – they will be used by trained Ukrainian teams,” he added.
Reznikov attributed the use of the “high quality” weaponry to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who spent months meeting with international leaders and conducted constant negotiations for weapons and supplies to help defend his country. country.
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“It was simply impossible to imagine [using these weapons] back in March. But today it is already a reality that has materialized thanks to excellent teamwork led by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy,” he wrote.
Kyiv no doubt hopes the artillery supplies will help the Ukrainians repel Russian forces from the Luhansk region, where Russian forces have taken control, and that Harpoon missiles could help disrupt a Russian naval blockade in the Black Sea .
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“The strategic decision to switch to NATO-type heavy weapons already has a concrete dimension. The cooperation of partner states supplying Ukraine with weapons and equipment is already unprecedented,” the defense minister said.