Late last week, Russian troops withdrew from the southern Ukrainian city of Kherson.
With the recapture of the southern Ukrainian city of Kherson, the Ukrainians managed to win an important stage last week. But how did the Ukrainian armed forces manage to bring Putin’s troops to their knees?
As “Tagblatt” writes, Western weapons were said to be decisive for the victory in Kherson. And this despite the fact that, since the start of the Ukrainian war, voices have repeatedly been heard claiming that arms supplies to the West have no meaning on the battlefield.
Western howitzers gave the Ukrainians an advantage
After the Ukrainian Armed Forces launched attacks on important river crossings such as the Antonov Bridge near Kherson and the bridge near the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Station, the supply of Russian troops was already severely limited.
Since then, the Ukrainians have indeed brought out the big guns – and launched a systematic artillery attack against the Russian troops: Western precision artillery such as the American M777 howitzer, the German Panzerhaubitze 2000 or the highly mobile French Caesar self-propelled howitzer enabled them. use Russian offensive positions from miles away. Ammunition depots, army bases and supply posts far behind the front lines fell victim to the attacks.
Howitzers are not only extremely accurate, but also sometimes have immense range. The German tank howitzer can aim at targets from a distance of more than 400 kilometers. While the weapons vary in range, they all have one thing in common: they all fire NATO-standard 155mm ammunition, putting them a step ahead of Russian guns.
When Putin’s troops were finally trapped by supply problems, they had only one option: retreat. In addition, it would cost the defense a lot of power. Considerable amounts of equipment, personnel and ammunition were used.
Russians lag behind Ukrainians
However, the Ukrainians did not owe the victory only to the large-caliber guns of the West. The Ukrainians also gained an advantage thanks to the Western satellite images that the Ukrainians used. This allowed them to precisely aim their artillery at Russian positions. Another point where the Russians lagged behind the Ukrainians.
In addition to the most modern artillery weapons, Himars rocket launchers, which are feared by Russian President Vladimir Putin (70), helped the Ukrainians. “Himars” – High Mobility Artillery Rocket System – several rocket launchers supplied by the US and Great Britain can launch up to six GPS-guided missiles and fly between 70 and 80 kilometers.
The artillery system costs over five million Swiss francs. We cannot forget the MARS II multiple rocket launcher delivered from Germany, which is comparable to the “himary” and equally devastating for the Russians.
Ukrainians amaze with homemade drones
Although Iran’s kamikaze drones deployed by the Kremlin continue to fill the headlines, the Russians are not the only ones using drones. In the battle for Kherson, Ukrainian troops increasingly used home-made drones.
And that struck a powerful chord with the Russians. Unmanned aerial vehicles throw grenades uncontrollably, causing, among other things, great damage to Russian military equipment. Countless videos of the plane can now be found on the Internet, some of which cost only a few thousand francs. During the attack on the Russian Black Sea Fleet in Sevastopol, the Ukrainians surprised their opponents with self-developed water drones.
One thing is certain: With the victory over the strategically important Kherson, the Ukrainians are not doing badly at the moment. In addition, targets on the occupied Crimean peninsula are now gradually coming within reach of Ukrainians.
It remains to be seen whether Russian troops will dare to attack the city again. As the US Department of Defense Pentagon announced on Monday, there are currently tens of thousands of Russian troops on the eastern side of the river. They say they intend to keep this territory under their control. (dzc)