Defense Minister: Howitzers supplied by the United States have arrived in the Ukrainian army amid an ongoing war with Russia

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Ukraine has received a shipment of M109 howitzers from the United States, to replenish its supplies amid its ongoing war with Russia.

Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov He said that the new shipment of artillery weapons has reached the front lines of Ukraine, including M777 howitzers, FH70 howitzers and CAESAR SPHs supplied by the US, UK and France respectively.

All towed artillery guns use the 155mm artillery caliber, which is the NATO standard.

“I am also pleased to announce the news: the 155mm artillery yard is being renovated,” Reznikov said in a statement. “Ukraine has already received M109 SPHs in one of its modifications. This equipment is of high quality. Its supply was a result cooperation between several countries.

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And Reznikov continued: “Like any minister in my position, I wish I had more weapons and as soon as possible. Because the lives of our people are in danger.” “At the same time, we must understand: in the past month and a half, for example, we have received more artillery shells compatible with NATO standards than available Soviet ones!”

A soldier fires a howitzer during artillery training of the Eastern Regional Operations Command of the National Guard of Ukraine, Kharkiv region, northeastern Ukraine.
(Vyacheslav Madiyevskyy/Ukrinform/Future Publishing via Getty Images)

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 strengthened with Harpoon missiles – they will be used by trained Ukrainian teams,” he added.

Reznikov credited the use of “high-quality” weapons to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskywho spent months meeting with international leaders and led consistent negotiations on arms and supplies to help defend his country.

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“It was impossible to imagine [using these weapons] Back in March. But today it has become a reality thanks to the great teamwork led by the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky. ”

This photo taken on May 10, 2022 shows a self-propelled howitzer of the Ukrainian Army being loaded onto a tank carrier near Bakhmut, eastern Ukraine, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

This photo taken on May 10, 2022 shows a self-propelled howitzer of the Ukrainian Army being loaded onto a tank carrier near Bakhmut, eastern Ukraine, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
(Photo by Yasuishi Chiba/AFP via Getty Images)

Kyiv undoubtedly hopes that artillery supplies will help the Ukrainians repel Russian forces from the Luhansk region, where Russian forces took controlThe Harpoon missiles could help disrupt the Russian naval blockade in the Black Sea.

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“The strategic decision to switch to heavy weapons of the NATO type already has a tangible dimension. The cooperation of the partner countries that supply Ukraine with weapons and equipment is already unprecedented,” the defense minister said.

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