Russian Cluster Munitions Engage Ukrainian Artillery

Russian artillery uses drone reconnaissance and cluster munitions to engage a Ukrainian artillery position, destroying several vehicles. After initially focusing on the UA position, the drone field of view widens and munitions can be seen impacting an extremely wide area, indicating a large projectile releasing a substantial number of submunitions, which can be seen detonating as they hit the ground. The original post claimed that two (2) MTLB armored personnel carriers (APCs) and several trucks were destroyed, and several trucks can be seen burning with ammunition cooking off in the back.


In response to recent reports of the U.S. and other allies donating artillery-delivered cluster munitions to Ukraine, the Russian government stated that it would also begin employing cluster munitions. This statement is rather disingenuous considering that Russia has already employed cluster munitions in Ukraine. This video presents nothing new, except that ne attention is being paid to this particular munition. This footage does present a good example of the employment of artillery in a counter-battery role, something the Russians have not done well to date, and may represent a shift in tactics for the Russian army. Note the extremely wide dispersal of the impacts – these are not precision weapons and are intended to affect a large area.


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Cam served as an infantry officer in the Marine Corps, deploying to the Horn of Africa and participating in combat operations in Iraq. He currently works in the maritime industry and in the defense sector as an instructor of combined arms planning and operations. An avid sailor, Cam founded and directs a nonprofit that supports veterans and first responders through sailing.

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Russian artillery uses drone reconnaissance and cluster munitions to engage a Ukrainian artillery position, destroying several vehicles. After initially focusing on the UA position, the drone field of view widens and munitions can be seen impacting an extremely wide area, indicating a large projectile releasing a substantial number of submunitions, which can be seen detonating as they hit the ground. The original post claimed that two (2) MTLB armored personnel carriers (APCs) and several trucks were destroyed, and several trucks can be seen burning with ammunition cooking off in the back.


In response to recent reports of the U.S. and other allies donating artillery-delivered cluster munitions to Ukraine, the Russian government stated that it would also begin employing cluster munitions. This statement is rather disingenuous considering that Russia has already employed cluster munitions in Ukraine. This video presents nothing new, except that ne attention is being paid to this particular munition. This footage does present a good example of the employment of artillery in a counter-battery role, something the Russians have not done well to date, and may represent a shift in tactics for the Russian army. Note the extremely wide dispersal of the impacts – these are not precision weapons and are intended to affect a large area.


About the Author

Author's Photo

Cam

Cam served as an infantry officer in the Marine Corps, deploying to the Horn of Africa and participating in combat operations in Iraq. He currently works in the maritime industry and in the defense sector as an instructor of combined arms planning and operations. An avid sailor, Cam founded and directs a nonprofit that supports veterans and first responders through sailing.

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