Video from Ukraine shows troops using American-made ‘Stingers’

Ukrainian soldiers said the war was almost like a Western, but instead of cowboys packing Colts and Winchesters, they were packing American-made Stinger missiles.

Footage obtained from the Territorial Defense Forces of the Ukrainian Armed Forces shows a Ukrainian soldier handling a Stinger missile launcher before footage shows another soldier loading a belt-fed US M240 machine gun with 7.62 caliber M13 link ammunition .

“M13” can be seen on the ammo box. “M13 link” is a US military designation for a disintegrating metal link designed for belt-fed firearms that take 7.62 caliber cartridges.

A soldier of the 110th Separate Territorial Defense Brigade from Zaporizhzhia uses an American “Stinger” MANPADS that can hit air targets at a distance of up to 4.3 miles.

The sequence then shows an SPG-9 anti-tank grenade launcher mounted on a tripod. SPG-9s were first developed in the Soviet Union.

The footage was obtained from the Territorial Defense Forces on Tuesday, along with a statement that read, “This video is almost a real western.

“But instead of cowboys, fighters from the Territorial Defense Forces of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

“And instead of Winchesters and Colts – stingers and machine guns.

“See what the Zaporizhian Brigade of the Territorial Defense Forces is fighting for.”

The images and sentiment were also relayed by the Armed Forces of Ukraine, as well as the Regional Directorate of Territorial Defense Forces “East” and the Zaporizhzhia Separate Territorial Defense Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The latter is featured in the pictures.

The deputy commander of the 110th Battalion of the Zaporizhzhya Separate Territorial Defense Brigade, who has not been named but whose nickname is “Starichok”, said: “The soldiers of the 110th Brigade of the Zaporizhzhya Military District have a perfect command of weapons received from foreign partners: the M240 machine gun, the Stinger MANPADS system and the SPG-9 anti-tank grenade launcher.

“American MANPADS ‘Stinger’ allows you to hit air targets at a distance of up to 7 kilometers [4.3 miles].

“Soldiers of the Zaporizhia Brigade of the Territorial Defense Forces are also armed with the American M240 machine gun. Its aiming range is 1.5 kilometers [1 mile].

“In addition, our defenders have mastered the SPG-9 anti-tank grenade launcher. Day and night vision sights are included. The damage range is up to 4 kilometers. [2.5 miles].

“This weapon came to us from Poland, it is an SPG-9. Starting with armored personnel carriers and ending with tanks. That is, it will pierce the tank from the side .”

The United States has supplied a large number of Stinger missiles to Ukraine, and the Department of Defense is now accelerating the rate at which it produces them.

Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24 in what the Kremlin calls a “special military operation.” Thursday marks the 141st day of the invasion.

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that between February 24 and July 14, Russia lost about 37,870 men, 1,667 tanks, 3,852 armored fighting vehicles, 840 artillery units, 247 multiple rocket launcher systems, 109 air defense systems, 219 warplanes. , 188 helicopters, 681 drones, 155 cruise missiles, 15 warships, 2,720 motor vehicles and tankers and 67 special equipment units.

Other developments in the Russian-Ukrainian war:

Turkey, Ukraine, Russia and the United Nations have reached an agreement to resume the export of Ukrainian grain, with the establishment of a monitoring and coordination center in Istanbul.

A traffic jam of more than 130 freighters loaded with Ukrainian grain waits in the Black Sea to flow into the Danube.

Grain shipments via the Danube have increased, with the reopening of a canal. An increased number of foreign vessels are now able to reach Ukrainian ports to assist in the export of grain.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has ruled out ceding any territory to Russia as part of a ceasefire agreement.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Russia forcibly expelled nearly 2 million people from the country. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has called for an immediate halt to Russian deportations of Ukrainian citizens.

The British Ministry of Defense said that “the urban areas of Sloviansk and Kramatorsk probably remain the main objectives” of Russian forces in eastern Ukraine.

In a reversal of policy, the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry said it would allow sanctioned Russian goods to pass through its territory en route to the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad.

This story was provided to Newsweek by Zenger News.


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