Ukraine uses M768A1 60mm multi-option bomb for KBA118 mortar

kyiv, ($1 = 29.71 Ukrainian hryvnyas) — The US government recently delivered M768A1 60mm mortar shells, which have an HE charge, as well as 60mm light mortars to Ukraine. However, the Ukrainian armed forces use American mortar bombs not only with American mortars but also with Ukrainian-made mortars, such as the KBA-118.

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The KBA-118 is made on the American pattern of M2 60mm smoothbore, muzzle-loading, high-firing angle mortars. The M2 and KVA-118 can fire a variety of mortar projectiles. One of them is the M768A1. The 60mm M768A1 projectiles have M783 multi-option fuzes that can operate in different modes: near-surface burst, impact, or delay.

Ukrainian sources claim that the Ukrainian armed forces use M768A1 60mm projectiles not only with M783 multi-option rockets, but also with M720A2 or M768A1 rockets. This means that thanks to these rockets, the Ukrainian mortar fires a projectile with an additional function: proximity function mode.

The M768A1 60mm projectiles have extra fuel that burns very quickly around the tail fins to generate gas which drives the projectile, with the gas pressure acting on all sides. For this reason the M768A1 has no tail openings and the gas does not explode.

The Ukrainian KBA-118 mortar, together with proven ammunition such as the M768A1 60 mm projectile, is an excellent light infantry weapon. The soldier can lead and does not have to clear a restricted air area [RAZ – most artillery has to deconflict the airspace before firing so you don’t hit friendly aircraft] before shooting. This is a great option to have in touch.

Russian invasion of Ukraine in 2022

On February 21, 2022, the Russian government claimed that Ukrainian bombing had destroyed an FSB border facility on the Russian-Ukrainian border and claimed that it had killed 5 Ukrainian soldiers who were trying to cross into Russian territory. Ukraine denied involvement in both incidents and called them a false flag.

On the same day, the Russian government officially recognized the self-declared DPR and LPR as independent states, according to Putin, not only in their de facto controlled areas, but in all Ukrainian oblasts, and Putin ordered Russian troops, including tanks, to enter regions.

What a downed Mi-28 looks like - detached missile tubes, rotor, blades
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On February 24, 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an invasion of Ukraine by Russian armed forces previously concentrated along the border. The invasion was followed by targeted airstrikes on military buildings in the country, as well as tanks entering through the Belarusian border.

So far, Russia has not recognized the invasion of Ukraine as a “war”although that is exactly what it is, claiming that it is a “special military operation”. According to the UN, in which Russia has its permanent representation, for military action to be defined as “special military operation”, it must have a resolution issued by the UN. There is no such resolution, which automatically defines Russian military actions as an invasion and war against Ukrainian citizens.

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