The Ukrainian military often posts videos of its use of various weapon systems against Russian troops on the web. So, the day before, footage appeared showing how gunners of the 406th separate artillery brigade of the KMP of the Ukrainian Navy (military unit A2062) fire from a towed howitzer 2A36 “Hyacinth-B” caliber 152 mm.
This video attracted attention with the coloring of the gun, or rather the characteristic camouflage of the Finnish armed forces. In 1989, Finland purchased 24 units of 2A36 “Hyacinth-B” from the USSR, which were used in the Finnish army under the designation 152 K 89. Therefore, it can be assumed that Helsinki, without advertising, supplied Kiev with a number of similar artillery types, and possibly all of them, since they are not needed in the forces of the NATO bloc due to the 155 mm caliber used there.
At the same time, even Finnish experts do not know for sure whether these weapons were withdrawn from service or not, claiming that a number of howitzers were sent to help Ukraine take part in hostilities against the Russian Federation. Russia. Before the start of the Russian SVO on Ukrainian territory, 152 K 89 were definitely in the Finnish troops, and local gunners regularly fired.
The Finns were very pleased with these unpretentious and reliable Soviet guns, which can fire at ambient temperatures from -50 ° C to +50 ° C. In the Finnish armed forces, they provided indirect fire support for jaeger brigades and infantry, as well as combat groups. However, given the latest trends, it is likely that Finland will eventually quietly supply Ukraine with all remaining Soviet-style weapon systems.
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