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Russians ‘in Panic Mode’ Over Strikes by U.S.-Supplied HIMARS: Ukraine

Long-range guided artillery “rips everything to shreds,” Luhansk Governor Serhiy Haidai told Newsweek.



A front-line Ukrainian governor told Newsweek that American-made M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems, also known as HIMARS, are terrorizing the occupying forces by destroying Russian troop positions and logistical centres with little resistance.

The governor of Luhansk, Serhiy Haidai, claimed the invaders are in “panic mode” as the long-range guided heavy artillery takes off high-value targets and weakens Russia’s fighting capabilities while Ukraine plots counterattacks, speaking from close to the frontline in the country’s war-torn east.

As the entire world has witnessed over the past week or two, Haidai said, “We have been able to inflict significant damage to their missile defense systems and ammunition storage facilities deep behind the enemy lines.”

This, he asserted “a major part of it can be attributed to the range of weapons we have just obtained from the West. And once we acquire enough of these weapons, we will be able to launch more counterattacks.”


Since Russia’s most recent incursion began on February 24, NATO countries, led by the United States, have been pouring armaments into Ukraine. The Ukrainian military has long prioritized purchasing heavy long-range artillery, and now American, French, and Polish weapons in particular are leaving their mark on the scarred battlefields of Donbas.

HIMARS have been particularly effective. The systems and guided weapons that were supplied to Ukraine have a 50-mile range.

In recent weeks, dozens of Russian ammo and fuel facilities have been destroyed. Numerous such attacks, including this week’s massive explosion at Nova Kakhovka in Kherson Oblast, have been attributed to the HIMARS.

According to reports, HIMARS attacks over the past week have claimed the lives of several Russian leaders.


Currently, Ukraine has eight HIMARS, and the United States has promised to add four more soon. To regain the territory taken by Russian occupying forces, according to Haidai, the defenders will need dozens more.

The front line needs 100 HIMARS, or 10 battalions with 10 HIMARS apiece, he claimed. “Ten HIMARS are already making a difference, but we need 100 of them,” he said. “Or at least 50 of them,” he added.

The Buryats and Kadyrov [Chechen] troops, for example, are already in a panic because to the long-range precision weaponry that are pounding their positions. It makes little difference who the Russians send, though.

Because this is a genuine war, one that is awful, and one in which people don’t want to be sent to their deaths, there have already been rumors of huge desertions from various Russian battalions.


“That aspect certainly doesn’t enhance the Russian soldiers’ morale,” said the general. “Death is pretty much a given when you are facing something as terrible as the HIMARS, which basically rips everything to shreds.”

Military Telegram channels that support Russia have been talking a lot lately about the HIMARS. Users have bemoaned Russia’s apparent inability to halt the weaponry, despite the existence of sophisticated anti-aircraft systems, including Igor Girkin, a former Russian intelligence official who led pro-Moscow rebel fighters in eastern Ukraine in 2014.

The delicate Russian targets, according to Haidai, are now practically vulnerable. When faced with our recently acquired artillery, “all these S-300s and other missile defense systems have been absolutely helpless, unable to prevent several hits on ammunition depots and command centers,” the individual claimed.

Newsweek has gotten in touch with the Russian Foreign Ministry to get a response.


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