MOSCOW ($1=56.72 Russian Rubles) — Video recorded by thermal cameras of the Russian armed forces shows a large-scale artillery rocket attack in the area of Izyum, Kharkiv region. The video footage captures the moments when missiles fall to the ground and explode.
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There is no information on when the video was shot [shared on the social network Telegram on May 24], but the areas and villages around the Ukrainian city of Izyum have come under artillery fire in recent days. On May 24, Russian media reported that a village near Izyum had been completely destroyed.
The agency’s correspondent [Russian media did not say which agency] reported that the wooden houses were damaged by explosions, and the brick buildings were cut into pieces. The locals left the village beforehand, it is currently empty. , boats and expensive cars, including the Tesla electric car,” Lenta.ru wrote on May 24.
The information is contradictory, as Ukrainians and Russians blame each other for the rocket attacks in the areas near Izyum, Kharkiv region.
About Tornado MLRS
Tornado MLRS is a relatively new Russian multiple rocket launcher systems [MLRS] developed at the beginning of the 21st century and adopted by the Russian Armed Forces in 2014. Russia has tested and used this missile system in the Syrian war, deployed several of its own during the Donbas war, and is apparently involved in the Ukraine-Russia war.
According to preliminary information, 173 units are produced in three developed variants: 9A53-G Tornado [2×15 1×40 122mm Upgraded BM-21 Grad Multiple Rocket Launcher Module, based on a Kamaz Truck or on a Ural-4320], 9A53-U Tornado [2×8 2×6 220mm Upgraded BM-27 Hurricane Multiple Rocket Launcher Modules, based on an MZKT-79306], 9A53-S Tornado [2×6 2×4 300mm Upgraded BM-30 Smerch Multiple Rocket Launcher Modules, based on an MZKT-79306].
The main characteristics of the system are: the mass is 24.65 tonnes, the length is 11.2 m, the width is 2.5 m and the height is 3.15 m
The Tornado MLRS is operated by a two-man crew. The caliber of the missiles is different: 122mm / 220mm / 300mm. The maximum range is 90 km. The missile system fires mostly 9M55 or 9M528 rockets.
Tornado MLRS is powered by a KamAZ-740.50.360 diesel engine that provides at least 360 horsepower. The system is integrated on the 8×8 chassis of KamAZ. The maximum speed is up to 90 km / h and can travel at least 1,000 km with a fully refueled tank.
2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine
On 21 February 2022, the Russian government claimed that Ukrainian shelling had destroyed an FSB border facility on the Russia Ukraine border, and claimed that it had killed 5 Ukrainian soldiers who tried to cross into Russian territory. Ukraine denied being involved in both incidents and called them a false flag.
On the same day, the Russian government formally recognized the self-proclaimed DPR and LPR as independent states, according to Putin not only in their de-facto controlled areas, but the Ukrainian Oblasts as a whole, and Putin ordered Russian troops, including tanks, to enter the regions.
On 24 February 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an invasion of Ukraine by Russian Armed Forces previously concentrated along the border. The invasion followed by targeted airstrikes of military buildings in the country, as well as tanks entering via the Belarus border.
Russia has so far not recognized the invasion of Ukraine as a “war”, although that is exactly what it is, claiming that it is a “special military operation”. According to the UN, in which Russia has its permanent representation, for military action to be defined as a “special military operation”, it must have a resolution issued by the UN. There is no such resolution, which automatically defines the military actions of the Russians as an invasion and war against the citizens of Ukraine.
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