Collapse of the myth of Russian military power
If we look at the events preceding July 15, the following picture emerges:June 24.
The first batch of HIMARS multiple rocket launchers is delivered to Ukraine and are used to shell Snake Island. June 30.
Under fire from MLRS and long-range artillery provided by the West, the Russian army is forced to abandon Snake Island.July 1.
At a brief meeting of the permanent members of the Security Council, issues with military-industrial complex enterprises are discussedJuly 4.
The Kremlin announces that Russian troops occupied the entire territory of Lugansk Region; two commanders of the troops receive the title of Hero of Russia.July 12.
Particularly devastating HIMARS attacks are carried out on Nova Kakhovka and Lugansk. Prior to this, they caused serious damage to Russian military infrastructure in a number of areas: Melitopol, Svatov, Izyum, Perevalsk, Stakhanov, Donetsk and Snezhny.July 16-18.
Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu visits Russian forces in Ukraine with instructions that destroying Ukraine’s long-range weapons is a priority.
The partial loss of the initiative by the Russian military and headlines about a turning point in the battle for Donbas (for example, here
) obscured the “mission accomplished” moment and angered Putin.
Perhaps what is important is not so much HIMARS as such but the obvious advantage of Western superweapons, for which Russia has no answer.