Russia has claimed that they’ve hit Ukrainian targets using multiple rocket launcher vehicles.
Russian soldiers deployed BM-21 “Grad” vehicles and calibrated their targeting apparatus before they opened fire, as images reportedly show.
Apparently, one of the vehicles, sporting a “Z” on its side, fired a salvo of missiles at unknown targets before moving to another location.
In the footage, a soldier named only as Vladislav by Russian state media, says: “Our rocket artillery battery is successfully fulfilling combat missions to defeat the enemy. He does not sleep with us. Therefore, it is necessary to perform these missions at different locations.
“Accordingly, we often change our firing positions in order to prevent the defeat of our personnel and the destruction of our equipment.
“Therefore, we have to work in different conditions, day and night. We arrive, take up a firing position, determine several planned or unplanned targets, fold up and change our location. We are all accustomed to it, we are all trained. The staff is already trained. We do everything very quickly, everything is very maneuverable.”
The Russian Ministry of Defense claimed in a statement obtained Monday morning that the images show “the combat work of the crews of ‘Grad’ multiple launch rocket systems of the Western Military District in the performance of firing missions to destroy the positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.”
They added: “After the strike, the crews of the MLRS leave the firing position. The reloading of the MLRS BM-21 “Grad” is carried out in the reserve area, after which they move to a new firing position to strike at newly identified targets.
Zenger News has not been able to independently verify the Russian MoD’s claims or the footage. Zenger contacted the Russian MOD for further comment, as well as the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, but hadn’t received a reply at the time of writing.
Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24 in what the Kremlin is still calling a “special military operation.” Monday marks the 124th day of the invasion.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that between February 24 and June 27, Russia had lost about 35,000 personnel, 1,552 tanks, 3,687 armored combat vehicles, 771 artillery units, 243 multiple launch rocket systems, 101 air defense systems, 217 warplanes, 184 helicopters, 636 drones, 137 cruise missiles, 14 warships, 2,575 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, and 60 units of special equipment.
At least 14 missiles have hit the Ukrainian capital Kyiv, according to Ukrainian officials. The strikes come as G7 leaders meet in Bavaria, in Germany, for a three-day summit. Military support for Ukraine is at the top of the agenda. The G7 is made up of Germany, France, Italy, Japan, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Other missiles have reportedly hit the central city of Cherkasy, as well as the strategically vital port city of Odesa.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addressed the G7 leaders and said that he wanted the war to end before the end of the year. He repeated his request for anti-aircraft defense systems, as well as further sanctions on Russia. He also repeated his request for help to export grain from Ukraine.
Russian troops have been accused of pillaging vast quantities of grain from farmers in occupied areas of Ukraine, as well as other crops including sunflower seeds. They have also been accused of stealing fertilizer and agricultural equipment.
The eastern Ukrainian city of Severodonetsk is now in Russian hands after Ukrainian troops were ordered to retreat following weeks of siege.
The U.K. and the U. S., as well as Japan and Canada, are set to ban imports of Russian gold. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that the ban will “strike at the heart of Putin’s war machine.”
Last week, the European Union approved Ukraine’s application to become a candidate for admission to the bloc, which is currently made up of 27 countries. The decision was hailed in both Brussels and Kyiv as a “historic moment,” with Zelensky saying that “Ukraine’s future is in the EU.”
This story was provided to Newsweek by Zenger News.
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