WAR IN UKRAINE: Moment Russian Hurricane Multiple Rocket Launcher Vehicle Fires On Ukrainian Targets

Story By:  Ana MarjanovicSub-EditorMichael Leidig, Agency:  Newsflash

These images appear to show a Russian multiple rocket launcher vehicle calibrating its targeting system before it opens fire on Ukrainian targets, firing volleys of missiles into the sky.

In the footage, Russian soldiers can be seen preparing the military vehicle before it fires volleys of missiles into the air.

The footage then cuts to what appears to be an aerial view of a location somewhere in Ukraine, with the ordnance apparently hitting Ukrainian positions.

The footage then shows the military vehicle, which boasts a large, white letter ‘Z’ on the front, stowing its weaponry before it is filmed from above by a drone driving away to a new location.

The Combat work of the calculation of the MLRS “Hurricane” in Ukraine. (Ministry of Defense of Russia/Newsflash)

It is currently unclear where exactly in Ukraine the images were filmed, but the footage was obtained from the Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) along with a statement on the evening of Sunday, 19th June, saying that the video shows the “combat work of the crews of the MLRS ‘Uragan’ of the Western Military District in the performance of fire missions to destroy the positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine during a special military operation.”

The Russian MoD also said: “In the course of aerial reconnaissance, the crews of the Orlan-10 unmanned aerial vehicles systems revealed camouflaged positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and transmitted information to the artillery command post.

“After receiving the coordinates of the targets, the calculations of the 220-mm MLRS ‘Uragan’ of the Western Military District struck at the identified enemy positions.”

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

The Combat work of the calculation of the MLRS “Hurricane” in Ukraine. (Ministry of Defense of Russia/Newsflash)

Russia invaded Ukraine on 24th February in what the Kremlin is calling a “special military operation” to “liberate the Donbass”. Today marks the 117th day of the invasion.

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that between 24th February and 20th June, Russia had lost about 33,800 personnel, 1,477 tanks, 3,588 armoured combat vehicles, 749 artillery units, 235 multiple launch rocket systems, 98 air defence systems, 216 warplanes, 181 helicopters, 601 drones, 130 cruise missiles, 14 warships, 2,527 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, and 55 units of special equipment.

The new head of the British Army, Gen Sir Patrick Sanders, has told British forces that they need to be ready to face Russia on the battlefield and said the British Army now needs to be capable of defeating Russia.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has visited Ukraine’s southern frontline as Ukrainian forces mount a counter attack in the region to push back Russian troops.

The Combat work of the calculation of the MLRS “Hurricane” in Ukraine. (Ministry of Defense of Russia/Newsflash)

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has said that the war in Ukraine could last years, adding that while the costs were high, the cost of allowing Russia to achieve its military goals would be even greater.

Washington told China last week that it risked ending up on the “wrong side of history” following Chinese President Xi Jinping’s assurance to Russian President Vladimir Putin that Beijing supports Russian “sovereignty”. Russia has now become China’s top oil supplier amid ongoing sanctions on Russia over the war in Ukraine.

Thousands of civilians remain trapped in the key eastern Ukrainian city of Sievierodonetsk, where the water supply is reported to be dwindling. Hundreds of civilians are taking shelter in the bunkers beneath the city’s Azot chemical plant.

The Combat work of the calculation of the MLRS “Hurricane” in Ukraine. (Ministry of Defense of Russia/Newsflash)

Luhansk Oblast governor Serhiy Haidai said all three bridges into Sievierodonetsk had been destroyed, making delivering supplies and evacuating civilians impossible.

United States President Joe Biden has promised Kyiv another USD 1 billion in security assistance and weapons. And US General Mark Milley says Russia has lost around 20 to 30 per cent of its armoured force during the ongoing invasion.

Former Russian president and staunch Vladimir Putin ally Dmitry Medvedev has derided French, German and Italian leaders visiting the Ukrainian capital Kyiv as “fans of frogs, liverwurst and spaghetti”.

The Combat work of the calculation of the MLRS “Hurricane” in Ukraine. (Ministry of Defense of Russia/Newsflash)

French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi held talks in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv with President Zelenskyy on 16th June.

President Zelenskyy said that a “historic week” has begun as Kyiv awaits a decision from Brussels regarding its EU candidate status.

The European Parliament adopted a resolution recommending that the European Union grant Ukraine the status of candidate country for EU membership. Some 438 MEPs voted in favour of the resolution, with 65 voting against and 94 abstaining.