Russian Ops in Ukraine: Ukraine Losing M777 Howitzers, Continues Losing Ground in Donbas

Update for Russian military operations in Ukraine for May 21, 2022:

1. Ukrainian militants in the Azovstal steel works have unconditionally surrendered numbering between hundreds (current Red Cross count) to thousands according to Russian sources;

2. Mariupol has been secured by Russia since mid to late-April – Ukraine finally admits however that its “combat operations” have fully ended;

3. Russia continues to make progress in the Donbas region – Ukrainian forces are being encircled in Severodonestsk and Lysychansk – the salient around Papasnya is expanding both west and north as part of this major encirclement;

4. Pentagon admits Russia still poses the majority of its combat power – possess a “numerical advantage” over Ukraine – and is making “slow, uneven” progress, but progress nonetheless;

5. Kharkov “offensive” has either stalled or is in the process of being rolled back;

6. US M777 howitzers have been found, tracked, targeted, and destroyed by Russian forces;

7. Additional attempts to send heavy weapons will face similar technical, tactical, strategic, and manpower challenges;

References:

US Department of Defense – Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby Holds a Press Briefing – May 20, 2022: https://www.defense.gov/News/Transcri…

US Department of Defense – Senior Defense Official Holds a Background Briefing May 19, 2022: https://www.defense.gov/News/Transcri…

TASS – Leader of Azov battalion transferred from Azovstal plant in armored vehicle – top brass: https://tass.com/defense/1454085

SouthFront – IN VIDEO: RUSSIAN DRONE, ARTILLERY DESTROY UKRAINE’S NEW M777 HOWITZERS: https://southfront.org/in-video-russi…

Institute for the Study of War – RUSSIAN OFFENSIVE CAMPAIGN ASSESSMENT, MAY 20: https://understandingwar.org/backgrou…

Attempts to “debunk” Russian footage of Ukrainian M777 howitzers is revealed as sloppy and in desperate need of its own debunking.

Footage mashed together and not attributed has been used to cast doubt on a drone and artillery attack on a Ukrainian M777 battery out in the field.

The clip is actually two separate clips presented separately during a briefing given by the Russian Ministry of Defense and even covered in Newsweek here: https://www.newsweek.com/russians-rep…

References:

Denys Davydov – Update from Ukraine | M777 Artillery Ambushed an Destroyed in Ukraine: https://youtu.be/WnCOM6DfCA4

Denys Davydov – Update from Ukraine | M777 destroyed

FAKE Video Confirmed: https://youtu.be/6wr9jCpacVM

Russia Gazette – МО РФ: Артиллерия уничтожила батарею гаубиц М777 производства США: https://rg.ru/2022/05/18/mo-rf-artill…

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