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Watch This: Ukraine Hits Russian Ammo Depots with U.S. HIMARS Rockets

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A U.S. Army M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) launches ordnance during RED FLAG-Alaska 21-1 at Fort Greely, Alaska, Oct. 22, 2020. This exercise focuses on rapid infiltration and exfiltration to minimize the chance of a counterattack. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Beaux Hebert)

HIMARS Strike: Russian Ammunition Depots Struck AGAIN In Nova Kakhovka – Ukrainian strikes on a Russian ammunition depot in Nova Khovka reportedly occurred again on Friday night, potentially taking out valuable Russian weapons and ammunition as the country’s military faces increasing pressure from U.S.-supplied HIMARS artillery systems.

The HIMARS strike occurred in Russian-occupied Kherson.

Video footage shared on Telegram on Friday night, apparently recorded on a cell phone, shows large explosions in the distance. Recorded at night, the blackness of the sky is briefly illuminated with an orange glow.

“A Russian ammunition depot in Nova Kakhovka has reportedly been struck tonight,” war analyst Rob Lee noted on Twitter.

Additional footage also shared on a Russian-language Telegram account showed the explosion in more detail. The two-second-long clip shows smoke rising in the air, the aftermath of one strike, before another strike occurs and creates another explosion.

“The moment of the explosion of ammunition in New Kakhovka,” the Telegram post accompanying the video reads.

According to local reports, residents in nearby towns have been advised by authorities to move away from windows. Previous strikes were known to cause windows in nearby buildings to shatter and smash.

Strikes Rocked Russia Earlier This Month

It’s not the first time that ammunition depots have been destroyed by Ukrainian troops using Western-supplied rocket systems like HIMARS.

On July 12, at least seven people were killed and more than 70 wounded when Ukrainian forces launched a missile strike in Nova Kakhovka, targeting a Russian ammunition depot. Russian officials in the region confirmed that American HIMARS missiles destroyed warehouses in the area that contained saltpeter a chemical used to make fertilizer and gunpowder.

Ukraine followed up the strike with an additional attack a week later when an ammunition warehouse was destroyed in the same region.

On July 18, video footage of a fresh strike on ammunition warehouses in the region circulated online, and Ukrainian officials confirmed the destruction of several pieces of Russian weaponry.

“According to the results of firing missions by our rocket and artillery units, the enemy lost 52 militants, rocket launchers, a howitzer ‘Msta-B,’ a mortar, seven units of armored and motor vehicles, and a warehouse with ammunition in Nova Kakhovka”, a statement from Ukrainian officials revealed.

The strikes have Russia panicked, too.

On Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin held a cabinet meeting to discuss the effectiveness of the Western-supplied long-range rocket systems. The same week, Russia’s Ministry of Defense claimed that more than 100 American missiles destined to be used by Ukraine’s HIMARS rocket systems were destroyed in Russian strikes.

Jack Buckby is a British author, counter-extremism researcher, and journalist based in New York. Reporting on the U.K., Europe, and the U.S., he works to analyze and understand left-wing and right-wing radicalization, and reports on Western governments’ approaches to the pressing issues of today. His books and research papers explore these themes and propose pragmatic solutions to our increasingly polarized society.

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Jack Buckby is a British author, counter-extremism researcher, and journalist based in New York. Reporting on the U.K., Europe, and the U.S., he works to analyze and understand left-wing and right-wing radicalization, and reports on Western governments’ approaches to the pressing issues of today. His books and research papers explore these themes and propose pragmatic solutions to our increasingly polarized society.

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  1. Eugene

    July 30, 2022 at 11:39 am

    and Ukraine also struck a blow from HIMARS at the prison in the village of Elenovka, where captured Ukrainian soldiers are being held. 50 people were killed and more than 70 wounded. Which army of the world will kill its own captured soldiers?

  2. paul taylor

    July 30, 2022 at 6:03 pm

    Source? proof? No, thought not.

  3. Bobby

    July 30, 2022 at 8:38 pm

    Eugene, How many of your old low tech jets has your army shot down? Thanks for helping Ukraine limit your offensive capability!

    BTW, Russia has zero credibility. Ukraine is beating the snot out of your thugs. Enjoy the funerals.

  4. Old Desert Coyote

    July 30, 2022 at 8:57 pm

    The 152mm Howitzer like all heavy Artillery has a limited rate of fire (typically about 1 Round every minute and a half. Give time for the barrel to cool down. So if the Tube is engaged in long term bombardment It is shooting about 40 rounds per hour. So if an Artillery battery is engaged in wholesale bombardment for let say 10 hours that means it is shooting 2400 (400 rounds X 6 Guns) rounds in a 10 hour period
    2400 rounds will weigh in at 24000 pounds or 12 tons. So every Russian Artillery battery is using about 15-18 tons of shells every day. So if the Russians are employing 3 Artillery Regiments, that means the Russians are expending about 400 tons of Ordinance in a 24 hour period. To move 400 tons of Ordinance from the Rail Head to the Firing guns will take abut 80 all terrain Cargo Trucks. That means a whole lot of Fuel and spare parts.

    So shooting Artillery is a costly business.

  5. Jacksonian Libertarian

    July 31, 2022 at 2:31 am

    Combat Power rule of thumb: 1 smart weapon = 500 dumb weapons

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