Russian video shows Soviet-era MLRS deploying a volley of rockets into the skies over Ukraine

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Russian military officials released a video showing a BM-21 Grad daubed with a white “Z” launching a volley of rockets into the sky over Ukraine.

On Friday, Zenger News obtained the video from the Ministry of Defense (MoD) of the Russian Federation.

The Russian Defense Ministry said the clip showed “the combat work of crews of ‘Grad’ multiple launch rocket systems”, but did not say where in Ukraine it was filmed.

Russian military officials released a video showing a BM-21 Grad daubed with a white “Z” launching a volley of rockets into the sky over Ukraine.
Ministry of Defense of Russia/Zenger

The footage shows no targets hit, but the Russian military said the rockets were fired at Ukrainian artillery and mortar batteries, as well as command posts and positions.

The BM-21 Grad is a Soviet-era truck-mounted 122mm multiple rocket launcher that entered service in 1963 and whose many operators include both Russia and Ukraine.

Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24 in what the Kremlin now calls a “special military operation” to “protect Donbass”. May 24 marks the 90th day of the invasion.

During a briefing earlier on Tuesday, the Russian Defense Ministry said: “A total of 178 Ukrainian aircraft and 125 helicopters, 995 unmanned aerial vehicles, 320 anti-aircraft missile systems, 3,243 tanks and other armored fighting vehicles, 425 multiple-system rocket launchers, 1,658 artillery and field mortars, as well as 3,124 units of special military vehicles were destroyed during the operation. »

He did not provide cumulative figures for Ukrainian troop losses.

In its own briefing on Tuesday, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said that Russia has so far lost around 29,350 troops, 1,302 tanks, 3,194 armored fighting vehicles, 606 artillery systems, 201 multiple rocket launcher systems, 93 anti-aircraft systems, 205 aircraft, 170 helicopters, 2,213 motor vehicles and tankers, 13 warships, 480 unmanned aerial vehicles, 43 special equipment units and 112 cruise missiles during the same period.

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The footage shows no targets hit, but the Russian military said the rockets were fired at Ukrainian artillery and mortar batteries, as well as command posts and positions.
Ministry of Defense of Russia/Zenger

Russian forces are currently trying to encircle the eastern towns of Sievierodonetsk, Lysychansk and Rubizhne, according to the British Ministry of Defence.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Russian troops were trying to destroy “everything that lives” in the besieged Donbass region, but he reiterated his country remained willing to swap prisoners with Russia.

Imprisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny condemned Russian President Vladimir Putin during a live audience, calling him a “madman” who started a “stupid war” in Ukraine.

Meanwhile, there are growing concerns about the impact the war in Ukraine could have on food supplies, but a British government spokesman said London was not considering sending ships to help get food exports, such as grain, out of the blockaded port of Odessa. .

This story was provided to Newsweek by Zenger News.

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