122mm RM-70 and 152mm DANA rockets are already fighting in Ukraine

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kyiv, ($1 = 29.71 Ukrainian hryvnyas) — Videos of the 122mm RM-70 missile system and the 152mm DANA self-propelled howitzer are already circulating among Ukrainians, claiming that both artillery weapon systems are already on Ukrainian territory and are participating in the battle against the Russian invasion.

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The RM-70 122mm multiple rocket launcher was developed in Czechoslovakia. It was produced from 1971 to 89. It has been in service since 1972. It is produced at the Dubnica nad Vahom plant [Slovakia]. In 2010 it was decommissioned by the Czech army. Slovakia continues to release an updated version of the US MLRS.

In fact, this is a copy of the Soviet BM-21 Grad. The Tatra T813 Kolos [8 × 8] is used as a frame. The unguided missiles used are both Soviet [9M22 and 9M28] and domestic: JROF with a range of 20.75 km; JROF-K with a range of 11 km; Trnovnik with a range of 17.5 km; Kush Krizhna-R with a range of 19,450m.

The 152 mm DANA self-propelled artillery installation was developed in the late 1970s in the former Czechoslovakia, and serial production was established at ZTS Dubnica in Trenčín. [present-day Slovakia]. In addition to Czechoslovakia, they were exploited by other countries of the socialist camp – Poland and the USSR, in the latter they were purchased for testing, but after their disintegration were rejected. After the break-up of Czechoslovakia, the Czech Republic and Slovakia inherited a significant number of these artillery pieces, which they sold to interested parties.

152 mm DANA M2 howitzer shells donated by the Czechs to Ukraine
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152 mm DANA uses as a chassis a modified version of the Tatra 813 with an 8 × 8 wheel formula. Power plant – Tatra T2-930, portable ammunition – up to 60 shells, maximum speed on the highway – up to 80 km / h. The 152 mm DANA wheel offers a maximum autonomy of 20 kilometers.

According to the media, Dana self-propelled howitzers arrived in Ukraine from the Czech Republic.

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.

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.

Ukraine uses a six-round 40mm Milkor MGL: up to 21 rounds/min
Picture: YouTube

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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