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Russia Shows Off Its Soldiers Using Grad MLRS

The images were obtained from the Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD) on Monday, August 8.

This footage allegedly shows Russian troops using a Grad multiple launch rocket system somewhere in Ukraine.

The video allegedly shows troops loading ordnance into the weapon system in the rain. The missiles can be seen being loaded by at least two men into the tubes, with a third soldier helping them.

Eventually, the vehicle is loaded and it can be seen heading out into a field. Two other vehicles can also be seen in the images. All of them can be seen with the now infamous white ‘Z’ symbol on them.

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 three vehicles can then be seen firing their rockets, presumably at unseen Ukrainian targets.

The images were obtained from the Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD) on Monday, August 8, with the MoD claiming that they showed the “combat work of MLRS Grad ZVO crews”.

We have not been able to independently verify the claims or the footage.

‘ZVO’ stands for the Western Military District, one of five of the Russian forces’ military districts.

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.

Crews of the MLRS BM-21 “Grad” loading the rocket launcher with ammunition in Ukraine in undated footage. The BM-21 “Grad is a self-propelled 122 mm multiple rocket launcher designed in the Soviet Union.  (Ministry of Defense of Russia/Zenger)

Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24 in what the Kremlin is calling a “special military operation”. Monday marks the 166th day of the invasion.

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that between February 24 and August 8, Russia had lost about 42,340 personnel, 1,811 tanks, 4,070 armored combat vehicles, 960 artillery units, 261 multiple launch rocket systems, 132 air defense systems, 223 warplanes, 192 helicopters, 754 drones, 182 cruise missiles, 15 warships, 2,993 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, and 86 units of special equipment.

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

Ukrainian and British military authorities have said that Russia is fortifying its positions and the number of its troops on the southern front in Ukraine, either in preparation of an expected Ukrainian counteroffensive or preparing themselves to attack.

The Ministry of Defense of the United Kingdom said: “Russian troops are almost certainly amassing in the south, either waiting for a Ukrainian counteroffensive or preparing to attack. Long convoys of Russian military trucks, tanks, artillery and other things continue to move from the Donbas to the southwest.”

Crews of the MLRS BM-21 “Grad” prepares to fire on the Ukrainian military positions in Ukraine in undated footage. The BM-21 “Grad is a self-propelled 122 mm multiple rocket launcher designed in the Soviet Union.  (Ministry of Defense of Russia/Zenger)

Ukraine and Russia have blamed each other for the repeated shelling of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, Europe’s largest.

Ukraine’s President, Volodymyr Zelensky, has called for new international sanctions on Russia, accusing it of “nuclear terror”.

The UN’s nuclear watchdog has called for all military actions near the nuclear power plant to cease after it was hit by shelling on Saturday night. The shelling reportedly caused a reactor to shut down, creating a “very real risk of a nuclear disaster”.

The Ukrainian military has said that Russia shelled dozens of towns in eastern and southern Ukraine, along the front lines, on Saturday.

The Ukrainian military also said that Russian forces tried to carry out attacks in six different areas of the Donetsk region but did not manage to gain any territory after being successfully held back by Ukrainian troops.

President Zelensky on Sunday that negotiations with Russia would not be possible if it proceeds with carrying out ‘referendums’ in occupied areas of Ukraine.

Four more ships carrying grain and food left Black Sea ports in Ukraine on Sunday. The first grain ship exporting food from Ukraine under a deal brokered by Turkey and the United Nations reached Turkey on August 2 after setting out from Odesa.

Crews of the MLRS BM-21 “Grad” fires on the Ukrainian military positions in Ukraine in undated footage. The BM-21 “Grad is a self-propelled 122 mm multiple rocket launcher designed in the Soviet Union. (Ministry of Defense of Russia/Zenger)

Amnesty International has apologized for the “distress and anger” caused by a report that accused Ukraine of endangering civilians.

The move comes after the head of Amnesty Ukraine Oksana Pokalchuk said that she was resigning because she was against the report being published, arguing that Amnesty International had “created material that sounded like support for Russian narratives of the invasion”.

Ukraine’s chief war crimes prosecutor has said that the country is investigating nearly 26,000 cases of suspected Russian war crimes.

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