Russia brags about destroying ‘precision’ guided missile systems supplied by NATO – According to the Russian Defense Ministry, Russian troops used long-range air-launched missiles to destroy a warehouse housing Harpoon missiles supplied by the West. Russian news agency TASS also claimed that a missile launcher and a transport loading vehicle for a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) were destroyed in an additional strike.
The news comes as Ukraine becomes more proficient in the use of NATO-standard weapons, including several HIMARS supplied by the United States in recent weeks. High-precision missile systems have enabled Ukraine to conduct a number of longer-range strikes against Russian targets, including two Russian ammunition depots in the past week alone.
Eight more HIMARS were sent to Ukraine from the United States last week, and four more are on the way.
In a statement shared on Telegram, the Russian Defense Ministry described the “significant losses in the ranks of the Ukrainian armed forces” and claimed that “cases of desertion are increasing”.
The statement also describes how the Russian armed forces “continue to strike military installations on the territory of Ukraine”.
“Harpoon anti-ship missiles, transferred to Ukraine from NATO countries, were destroyed by high-precision long-range air-launched missiles in one of the buildings of an industrial enterprise in the city of Odessa,” he continued.
Lieutenant General Igor Konashenkov of the Russian Defense Ministry also commented on the strike, describing how “high-precision long-range air-launched missiles at one of the buildings of an industrial enterprise in the city of Odessa destroyed a storage warehouse for Harpoon anti-ship missiles transferred to Ukraine from NATO countries.
“As a result of the strike on the point of deployment of the 97th battalion of the 60th motorized infantry brigade of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in the area of the Novodanilovka settlement, Zaporozhye region, up to 65 nationalists and more than 10 units special vehicles were destroyed,” Konashenkov.
The strikes are a positive development for the Russian military, if due reports prove accurate, especially after the recent “operational pause” and several crippling strikes by Ukrainian forces using HIMARS.
The loss of the Harpoon missiles is also bad news for Ukraine. One of the most successful and effective weapons in its class, Harpoon missiles have been used by Ukrainian forces since the early days of the conflict with Russia. They are used by 30 armies around the world, including Chile, India, Israel, Brazil, United Arab Emirates and Pakistan.
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