Russian forces are preparing to send howitzers to Ukraine to provide a greater “firing range” over Ukrainian positions throughout the winter months.
Russia’s state news agency TASS said that Russia is testing new Coalition-SV howitzers which will bolster Russian troops with stronger firepower against Ukrainian forces.
The new howitzers have a range of 44 miles and can more than 10 rounds per minute.
Sergei Chemezov, the head of Russian defence conglomerate Rostec has hinted that the howitzers will soon appear inside Ukraine.
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Chemezov told TASS, “I think they will appear there (Ukraine) soon, since howitzers of this class are needed to provide an advantage over Western artillery models in terms of firing range.”
The situation in the east of Ukraine is very difficult as Russian forces are rapidly advancing in Kupyansk, Lymany, Siversk and Bakhmut directions.
Oleksandr Syrsky, commander of the AFU Ground Forces said, “In Kupyansk direction, the enemy is trying to capture Synkivka at any cost and create conditions for blocking Kupyansk.
“After the losses incurred, it regroups its units.
“The enemy continues to increase efforts by moving units to other areas. The total number of personnel of the enemy assault units is more than 2,000.”
In the Siversky direction, Russia are trying to develop an offensive in the areas of Spirne and Belohorivka.
It is training assault units from among the airborne units to develop an offensive in the direction of Soledar, Siversk,” the commander added.
Russian forces have increased the use of kamikaze drones and armoured vehicles along with intense artillery strikes.
Syrsky said, “In all directions of the enemy’s offensive, our commanders at all levels are taking the necessary measures to strengthen the defense and prevent the enemy from advancing.
“I would like to note the effective work of the headquarters of military units in responding promptly to the actions of the enemy and preparing the most optimal options for our actions, depending on the current situation.”
Over the past week, Russian forces have lost more than three thousand personnel in the Eastern direction.
“In the conditions of active hostilities, our priorities remain the preservation of the lives of our soldiers, the effective use of fire weapons, constant reconnaissance and prompt decision-making,” said the commander of the Ground Forces.