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Watch: Ukrainian Troops Blast Russian HQ With British-Made M777 Howitzers

Newsweek logo Newsweek 6/30/2022 Lee Bullen, Zenger News
The Ukrainian military said Thursday, June 29, 2022, that they used British-made M777 howitzers to destroy a Russian base. © AFU StratCom/Zenger The Ukrainian military said Thursday, June 29, 2022, that they used British-made M777 howitzers to destroy a Russian base.

Ukrainian troops blitzed a Russian base and reportedly destroyed their headquarters, a warehouse and armored vehicles, as can be seen in footage released by the Ukrainian military.

The Ukrainian military said they used British-made M777 howitzers to destroy the Russian base.

The Ukrainian Center for Strategic Communications (StratCom) said Wednesday: "Three howitzers (M777) on the occupiers' armored vehicles, headquarters and warehouse."

Manufactured by the Global Combat Systems division of BAE Systems, the M777 is used by the ground forces of Australia, Canada, India, Saudi Arabia, Ukraine, and the United States.

Zenger News contacted the Ukrainian Center for Strategic Communications for further comment, as well as the Russian Defense Ministry, but had not received a reply at the time of writing.

Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24 in what the Kremlin is calling a "special military operation." Thursday marks the 127th day of the invasion.

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that between February 24 and June 30, Russia had lost about 35,600 personnel, 1,573 tanks, 3,726 armored combat vehicles, 790 artillery units, 246 multiple launch rocket systems, 104 air defense systems, 217 warplanes, 185 helicopters, 641 drones, 143 cruise missiles, 14 warships, 2,602 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, and 61 units of special equipment.

NATO leaders have called Russia "the most significant and direct threat to allies' security and stability," and announced a new "strategic concept" in response to Russian President Vladimir Putin's ongoing invasion of Ukraine.

Video: Ukrainian forces destroy Russian tank and two infantry vehicles with British howitzers (The Independent)

Ukrainian forces destroy Russian tank and two infantry vehicles with British howitzers

NATO is planning to boost its quick reaction forces from 40,000 troops to over 300,000 troops.

President Joe Biden also announced that the United States will increase its military forces across Europe.

NATO has also formally invited Sweden and Finland to become members of the alliance. The move comes after Turkey agreed to support Finland and Sweden's NATO membership after initially opposing the countries' bids to join the military alliance, accusing both of harboring Kurdish militants.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with Finland's President Sauli Niinisto and Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson at the NATO summit in Madrid and the three countries reached an agreement.

Jens Stoltenberg, the NATO secretary-general, said: "I am pleased to announce that we now have an agreement that paves the way for Finland and Sweden to join NATO." NATO leaders have also pledged additional support to Kyiv, with the aim of modernizing Ukraine's defense sector.

Biden congratulated the three countries, saying: "Congratulations to Finland, Sweden, and Turkey on signing a trilateral memorandum – a crucial step toward a NATO invite to Finland and Sweden, which will strengthen our Alliance and bolster our collective security – and a great way to begin the Summit."

Putin said: "If Finland and Sweden wish to, they can join. That's up to them. They can join whatever they want."

But the Russian leader added: "If military contingents and military infrastructure were deployed there, we would be obliged to respond symmetrically and raise the same threats for those territories where threats have arisen for us."

Ukraine has said that it has completed the biggest prisoner exchange with Russia since the beginning of the war, with 144 of its soldiers released. They include 95 soldiers who defended the Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol.

This story was provided to Newsweek by Zenger News.

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