Russia Shows Off Fearsome Rocket Launcher In Video Montage
Video footage shows several Russian BM-21 Grad truck-mounted MRLs launching volleys of rockets into the sky over Ukraine.
Zenger News obtained the video montage from the Ministry of Defense (MoD) of the Russian Federation on Wednesday, May 25.
The Russian MoD said the footage showed “Grad multiple rocket launchers combat operation”.
The BM-21 ‘Grad’ is a Soviet truck-mounted 122-mm multiple rocket launcher that entered service in 1963.
It has several operators, including Russia, Ukraine and Russian separatist forces in Donbas.
The Grads seen in the footage – one of which is daubed with a white ‘Z’ – reportedly destroyed strongholds and fortified areas of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
The enemy positions were observed and their coordinates were determined using drones.
The Russian MoD did not specify where in Ukraine the footage was filmed.
In other developments, Ukrainian officials said that Russian forces have attacked more than 40 towns in the eastern Donbas region.
They added that five civilians died, 12 were wounded and 47 civilian sites were destroyed or damaged in the latest attacks.
And Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree that makes it easier for Ukrainians in occupied areas to become citizens of Russia.
Russia has also done away with the upper age limit for contractual service in its military.
Ukraine has called Russia’s offer to lift the blockade of its Black Sea ports in return for the lifting of some sanctions “blackmail”.
The blockade has led to shortages in wheat and cooking oil across the world.
And Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has compared former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger to Nazi appeasers in 1938.
Kissinger had suggested that Ukraine should let Russia keep Crimea, which it annexed in 2014 following a disputed referendum.
The Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine has said that 240 children have been killed and more than 436 injured in Ukraine over the course of the invasion.
These data are not final and are being investigated.
And British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss is expected to demand more weapons for Ukraine and more sanctions against Russia in an address to the Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina today.
Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24 in what Putin initially called a “special military operation” to “demilitarize and denazify” Ukraine.
The Kremlin is still calling the invasion a “special military operation” but now says that its goal is to “protect Donbass”.
May 26 marks the 92nd day of the invasion.