Ukraine’s Armed Forces train to fire NLAWs and M141 grenade launchers in Donbas

16 February 2022, 12:05 PM

With no withdrawal of Russian forces around Ukraine observed, Ukrainian servicemen have been training to fire the Main Battle Tank and Light Anti-tank Weapon (also known as NLAW), as well as the M141 Bunker Defeat Munition (SMAW-D). 

The training took place at a training ground in the Donbas, the Ukrainian army’s Joint Forces Operation’s press service reported on Feb. 15.

The weapons were delivered as part of military aid from Ukraine’s partner nations to raise the cost of any further Russian aggression against Ukraine.

The JFO said active JFO units took part in the training.

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During the exercises, the military trained to reach the firing line and fire the weapons at stationary targets. The exercises were attended by the commander of the Joint Forces, Lieutenant General Oleksandr Pavlyuk.

A Ukrainian soldier pictured during a combat training in Donbas (Фото: Joint Forces Operation)
A Ukrainian soldier pictured during a combat training in Donbas / Photo: Joint Forces Operation

Similar exercises were held on Feb. 5.

Earlier, the UK sent to Ukraine about 2,000 NLAWs. The weapon is considered to be one of the most effective modern grenade launchers for fighting in urban conditions, and is capable of destroying enemy armored vehicles from a minimum distance of 20m up to a maximum distance of 600m.

 Military aid for Ukraine has ramped up in the past weeks, as Russian military forces continue to gather in Belarus, near the Russian-Ukrainian border in Russia, and in the temporarily occupied territories of Crimea and the Donbas.

According to the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense, around 140,000 Russian troops have been deployed to those areas.

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