Massive Plume of Smoke: Ukraine Destroys Putin’s “Grad”

Ukraine has struck another blow against the Russian military, as reported by the X channel Noelreports on the messaging service. A video is alleged to provide proof.

Specifically, Ukraine is said to have destroyed two Russian BM-21 Grad multiple rocket launchers. The video shows a crosshair following one of the BM-21s until it stops at a sort of makeshift base amidst trees and fields. Another BM-21 is also present there. A few seconds later, an explosion is visible, followed by a towering column of smoke rising into the sky.

The BM-21 is a multiple rocket launcher system developed in the Soviet Union. BM is an abbreviation for “Bojewaja maschina,” meaning combat vehicle in English.

These claims have not yet been independently verified and/or confirmed. Therefore, they should be treated with caution. In war, it can be advantageous for conflicting parties to deliberately spread false information to strengthen their own position or weaken that of the opponent.

Image:, Northern Fleet artillery combat training in Murmansk – January 2023 01, CC BY 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons (image size modified)

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