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Russia claims combat debut in Ukraine for Koalitsiya SPH

21st July 2022 - 16:45 GMT | by Alex Orlov in Helsinki


Koalitsiya self-propelled howitzers have reportedly been used in action by Russian forces in Ukraine. (Photo: Russian MoD)

Russian forces have reportedly employed the Koalitsiya SPH in Ukraine. If true, this marks the first combat use of the most modern and sophisticated artillery system in Moscow’s arsenal.

Russian state-run media outlets claimed in early July that 2S35 Koalitsiya 152mm self-propelled howitzers (SPHs) have fired in anger for the first time during the ongoing invasion of Ukraine.

No further details or any official statements were provided and the claims are impossible to verify, but it is highly probable that a certain number of Koalitsiya SPHs are active in Ukraine.

In recent months, the pattern of warfare in Ukraine has shifted towards slow attrition in which both sides rely on tube and rocket artillery.

Deploying a modern SPH such as Koalitsiya would therefore be a logical move for the

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Alex Orlov


Alex Orlov

Alex Orlov is a freelance journalist based in Helsinki.

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