HIMARS in action - Russians have dramatically reduced the number of shelling due to the loss of ammunition depots
The Russian army started shelling Ukrainian positions much less frequently after the Ukrainian Armed Forces destroyed several military depots with the help of HIMARS.
What we know
American multiple rocket launchers HIMARS helped the Ukrainian Armed Forces to destroy several large ammunition depots located in the temporarily occupied territory. Due to this, the Russians have significantly reduced the intensity of artillery strikes.
NASA FIRMS makes it possible to clearly demonstrate this. The satellites recorded a sharp decrease in shelling by Russian troops. In the first image below, you can see that on July 6, the Russians were regularly striking all along the front lines. Especially in eastern Ukraine.
A week later, the situation has changed dramatically. This is shown in the second image above. Satellites NASA have recorded far fewer red dots. And most of them are not in the east, but in the south of Ukraine.
The HIMARS MLRSs provide the Ukrainian Armed Forces with a key advantage in artillery duels. While previously the Russian side would first destroy everything in front of them and then move forward, the situation has now changed. It takes the Russians about 60 minutes to reload a battalion of Soviet MLRS. Western artillery systems can do five or six volleys in that time.
Source: NASA FIRMS
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