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Russia Shows Off DPR Multiple Rocket Launcher Vehicle In Action

The images were obtained from the Russian Ministry of Defense on Thursday, July 28.

This footage obtained from the Russian Ministry of Defense purports to show a multiple rocket launcher vehicle operated by the pro-Russia Donetsk People’s Republic in action in eastern Ukraine.

The images were obtained from the Russian Ministry of Defense on Thursday, July 28, along with a short statement claiming that the footage shows combat operations of a BM-21 ‘Grad’ multiple rocket launcher vehicle operated by the People’s Militia of the breakaway so-called People’s Republic of Donetsk.

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.

Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24 in what the Kremlin is calling a “special military operation”. Thursday marks the 155th day of the invasion.

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that between February 24 and July 28, Russia had lost about 40,230 personnel, 1,742 tanks, 3,979 armored combat vehicles, 894 artillery units, 258 multiple launch rocket systems, 117 air defense systems, 222 warplanes, 190 helicopters, 729 drones, 174 cruise missiles, 15 warships, 2,854 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, and 75 units of special equipment.

The MLRS “Grad” crew launches a rocket attack on the positions of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in Ukraine in undated footage. According to the Ministry of Defense of Russia fortified areas of the Ukrainian Armed Forces were hit with Gradov shells. (Ministry of Defense of Russia/Zenger)

Russia has claimed that its casualties have been much lower, but provides infrequent updates on its latest figures.

The Armed Forces of Ukraine said they hit the Antonivskiy Bridge in the Russian-occupied region of Kherson in southern Ukraine in a bid to disrupt enemy supplies destined for the occupied city of Kherson.

Oleksiy Arestovych, an adviser to Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky, has since said that the Ukrainian Armed Forces are planning to “isolate [Russia’s] military operations” in the region and that the operation to liberate Kherson “has already begun”.

The MLRS “Grad” crew launches a rocket attack on the positions of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in Ukraine in undated footage. According to the Ministry of Defense of Russia fortified areas of the Ukrainian Armed Forces were hit with Gradov shells. (Ministry of Defense of Russia/Zenger)

President Zelensky said Ukraine would rebuild the Antonivskiy Bridge and other crossings in the region. He said: “We are doing everything to ensure that the occupying forces do not have any logistical opportunities in our country.”

Arestovych also said that Russian forces are being massively redeployed to three regions in southern Ukraine. He said Russian forces were changing tactics and adopting defensive positions in the regions of Melitopol, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson.

Arestovych confirmed Russia’s claim that it had captured Ukraine’s second biggest power plant, Vuhlehirsk, in eastern Ukraine.

Picture shows the MLRS “Grad” rocket launcher of the People’s Militia of the DPR in Ukraine in undated footage. MLRS “Grad” is a self-propelled 122 mm multiple rocket launcher designed in the Soviet Union. (Ministry of Defense of Russia/Zenger)

Preparations are ongoing for the first ships carrying grain to leave Ukraine’s ports, with Turkey unveiling a center in Istanbul to oversee the deal, which was brokered by the UN and Ankara and which was signed by both Ukraine and Russia.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has said that he is set to talk to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov by phone. It will be the first call between the two diplomats since the beginning of the Russian invasion.

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