The Ukrainian army received 18 Krab self-propelled howitzers from Poland. This was reported on May 29 by Polskie Radio, citing a source in the government.
“According to our interlocutor, we are talking about equipping three artillery squadrons. Poland also trained 100 Ukrainian artillerymen to work with Krab cannon howitzers,” the radio clarifies.
It is noted that Kyiv currently has at least 24 Western self-propelled howitzers at its disposal.
In addition, according to Polskie Radio, six pieces of equipment of a similar type called “Caesar” were delivered by France, Germany and the Netherlands announced plans to transfer 12 guns.
Krabs have been in service with Poland for the past few years. The maximum firing range of the gun is 40 km with basic ammunition. It can fire six shots per minute.
It is specified that among the weapons received by Ukraine from Poland, there are about 250 T-72 tanks, 2S1 Gozdzik self-propelled howitzers, Grad rocket launchers, air-to-air missiles for the MiG-29 and Su-27, as well as drones.
US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said on May 23 at a briefing after a meeting of the contact group of countries on military assistance to Kyiv that about 20 countries have announced new packages of military assistance to the Ukrainian side. According to him, among them were Italy, Greece, Norway, Poland and others.
Since the beginning of Russia’s special operation to protect Donbass, Western countries have increased their military support for Ukraine. So, on May 20, it became known that Germany plans to deliver the first 15 Gepard self-propelled anti-aircraft guns in July. On May 17, a promise to increase arms supplies to Kyiv was announced by Paris.
At the same time, the Russian Foreign Ministry has repeatedly called on the EU countries to stop pumping weapons to the Ukrainian side. On April 27, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova noted that the West had set up a “hellish carousel” of arms supplies, and stressed that such actions lead to deaths.
The special operation of the Russian Federation to protect Donbass, the beginning of which Russian President Vladimir Putin announced on February 24, continues. The situation in the region escalated in mid-February due to shelling by the Ukrainian military. The authorities of the DPR and LPR announced the evacuation of residents to Russia and turned to Moscow for help.
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