Russia Shows Off One Of Its Tornado Multiple Rocket Launcher Vehicles
This footage purports to show a Russian multiple rocket launcher vehicle in action somewhere in Ukraine.
The new footage was obtained from the Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD) on Tuesday, July 26 and allegedly shows a BM-30 ‘Smerch’ (‘Tornado’ or ‘Whirlwind’ in Russian) in action somewhere in Ukraine. It can be seen sporting a now infamous ‘Z’ on its side.
The ‘Z’ is one of the symbols, as well as the letters ‘V’ and ‘O’ that can be seen painted on Russian military vehicles taking part in the invasion of Ukraine.
The Russian MoD claimed in a statement (in Russian), also obtained on Tuesday, July 26: “The Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, in the course of a special military operation, continue to carry out missile strikes against military infrastructure and military equipment of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
“According to intelligence, units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine have concentrated ammunition, military equipment and weapons to supply their troops. The data was confirmed by technical reconnaissance equipment, after which the Smerch multiple rocket launcher unit attacked a logistics center of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.”
We have not been able to independently verify the claims or the footage.
Zenger News contacted the Russian MoD for further comment, as well as the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense, but had not received a reply at the time of writing.
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