Ukrainian forces using a M142 high mobility artillery rocket system (HIMAR) have blown up a Russian ammo depot on the “occupied Donbas in Snizhne” which is in the Oblast region.
This is a fierce response to Russian forces after they captured the neighbouring Luhansk Oblast region over the weekend which will now severely disrupt Russia’s ability to arm their soldiers.
Footage has emerged on social media showing the moment the ammo depot was blown up by Ukrainian forces using the light weight HIMAR system, which can carry six US GMLR rockets or one ATACMS missile.
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On Twitter, Энергия на шару wrote, “HIMARS destroyed Russian military warehouses deep in the rear on the territory of the occupied Donbas in Snizhne.
“Theoretically, during July-August, the picture of the balance of power will change towards Ukraine, and such attacks by the Armed Forces of Ukraine will only gain momentum.”
Details about the situation in the occupied Snizhne in the #Donbass.
According to the General Staff, the Armed Forces of #Ukraine with the help of #HIMARS destroyed an enemy ammunition depot at the Khimmash plant🇺🇦🚀💥🔥#UkraineWar #Ukrainian #UkraineRussiaWar pic.twitter.com/DyWx6cbk2n
— 🇺🇦Ukraine News Live🇺🇦 (@UkraineNewsLive) July 4, 2022
Russian forces claimed on Sunday that they have taken “control” of the entire region of Luhansk and are also “gaining a foothold” in another.
For many months the region has been under fierce fighting, heavy artillery along with missiles raining down as Russian forces are battling to also take control of Lysychansk.
The governor Serhiy Haidai wrote on Telegram on Sunday morning, “The occupiers threw all their forces on Lysychansk.
“They attacked the city with incomprehensibly cruel tactics.
“They suffer significant losses, but stubbornly advance. They are gaining a foothold in the city.”
HIMARS уничтожили российские военные склады в глубоком тылу на территории оккупированного Донбаса в Снежном. Теоретически в течении июля-августа картина соотношения сил будет меняться в сторону Украины и такие атаки ВСУ будут лишь набирать обороты. pic.twitter.com/lPLBrjlD8P
— Энергия на шару (@PowerNaShary) July 4, 2022
Putin has also set a date for a referendum to be held turning the Ukrainian city of Kherson Oblast to join “the Russian Federation by autumn 2022.”
The region is located south of Ukraine and just north of Russia-controlled Crimea, which Russian forces invaded in February which had a population of over 1 million pre-war.
The capital of the Oblast, Kherson was captured on 2 March and the Secretary of the United Russia General Council, Andrey Turchak said at the time, “Russia is here forever.”
— Генеральний штаб ЗСУ (@GeneralStaffUA) July 4, 2022
The British Ministry of Defence (MoD) said in their intelligence update, that “Russian-backed officials have said they will hold a referendum on Kherson Oblast joining the Russian Federation by autumn 2022.
“Russia is likely prioritising a pseudo-constitutional vote in an attempt to legitimise its control of the region.
“Finding a constitutional solution for the occupation is likely a priority policy objective for Russia. It will highly likely be prepared to rig voting to achieve an acceptable result.”
Russian officials have now started giving residents Russian passports in Kherson and also Melitopol and the Ukrainian government has condemned the move on their territory as “Russification.”