After intensive use, a third of the western weapons given to Ukraine, become permanently disabled!

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A third of the 350 Western howitzers transported to Kyiv became permanently disabled. Malfunctions are associated with too intensive work, because the artillery of the Armed Forces of Ukraine fires 2-4 thousand shells per day, writes the New York Times in its large article.

"Every day, Ukrainian troops fire thousands of rounds at Russian targets, destroying artillery supplied by the United States and its allies, but these weapons break down after months of intensive use or are damaged in the fierce battles, and dozens of these artillery pieces have been withdrawn from the battlefield for repair. US and Ukrainian authorities claim.

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According to the New York Times, a third of the 350 howitzers donated to Kyiv are so far not operational, according to US defense officials familiar with Ukraine's defense needs.

Thus, replacing the howitzer tubes became a priority for the Pentagon's European command, since the soldiers who use these howitzers in the field are not trained to do so, so the US had to set up a repair base in Poland.

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The New York Times claims that the artillery pieces from the West came as a rescue at the right moment for the Ukrainian soldiers when they ran out of ammunition for howitzers left over from the Soviet Union, and now the provision of ammunition from the West has become crucial.

When the repair base was established in Poland, it was not talked about at all. Repairs have begun in recent months, while the true state of Ukrainian weapons is currently a secret among US officials, who refuse to talk about the true state of arms and ammunition stockpiles.

When ammunition for Ukraine's Soviet-era cannons, which fire 152mm shells, ran out soon after the invasion, the 155mm howitzers standard for NATO armies became one of Ukraine's most important weapons.

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The Pentagon has sent 142 M777 howitzers to Ukraine, enough to equip about eight battalions, according to the latest report on US military aid to Ukraine. Ukrainian troops have used them to attack, to target command posts with small numbers of precision-guided munitions, and even to lay small anti-tank minefields.

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The United States has delivered hundreds of thousands of 155mm grenades to Ukraine and has committed to providing nearly a million grenades from its inventory and private industry.

Once the damaged howitzers arrive in Poland, maintenance crews can replace the damaged barrels and perform other repairs. Ukrainian officials have requested that weapons maintenance and repair facilities be located closer to the front lines so that weapons can be returned to combat as soon as possible.

Howitzer work is overseen by the US European Command in Stuttgart, Germany, but could soon fall under a new command that will focus on training and equipping Ukrainian troops.

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The nature of artillery duels, in which Ukrainian units often fire from extremely long ranges to disrupt Russian counterattacks, puts an additional strain on the howitzers. The larger propellant charges required for this produce much more heat and lead to faster barrel wear on the artillery weapon.

Currently, Ukrainian forces fire 2.000 to 4.000 artillery shells per day, a number often exceeded by the Russians. Over time, that pace created problems for Ukrainian soldiers using the M777 howitzers, such as shells not traveling as far or as accurately, military experts told The New York Times.

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