122mm Tornado-G MLRS and rocket drop in Kharkiv region
MOSCOW ($1 = 56.72 Russian rubles) – Video recorded by thermal imaging cameras of the Russian Armed Forces shows a large-scale artillery rocket attack in the Izyum area of Kharkiv region. The video footage captures the moments when the missiles fall to the ground and explode.
There is no information on when the video was shot. [shared on the social network Telegram on May 24], but 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.
Agency correspondent [Russian media did not say which agency] reported that wooden houses had been damaged by explosions and brick buildings had been cut into pieces. The inhabitants 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, the Ukrainians and the Russians rejecting the responsibility for the rocket attacks in the areas near Izyum, in the Kharkiv region.
About Tornado MLRS
Tornado MLRS is a relatively new Russian multiple launch rocket system [MLRS] developed in the early 21st century and adopted by the Russian armed forces in 2014. Russia tested and used this missile system in the Syrian war, deployed several of its own in the Donbass 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 tons, 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: 122 mm / 220 mm / 300 mm. The maximum range is 90 km. The missile system mainly fires 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 from KamAZ. The maximum speed is 90 km / h and can travel at least 1000 km with a fully refueled tank.
Russian invasion of Ukraine in 2022
On February 21, 2022, the Russian government claimed that Ukrainian bombing had destroyed an FSB border facility on the Russian-Ukrainian border and claimed that it had killed 5 Ukrainian soldiers who were trying to cross into Russian territory. Ukraine denied involvement in both incidents and called them a false flag.
On the same day, the Russian government officially recognized the self-declared DPR and LPR as independent states, according to Putin, not only in their de facto controlled areas, but in all Ukrainian oblasts, and Putin ordered Russian troops, including tanks, to enter regions.
On February 24, 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an invasion of Ukraine by Russian armed forces previously concentrated along the border. The invasion was followed by targeted airstrikes on military buildings in the country, as well as tanks entering through the Belarusian border.
So far, Russia has 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 “special military operation”, it must have a resolution issued by the UN. There is no such resolution, which automatically defines Russian military actions as an invasion and war against Ukrainian citizens.
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