first published on June 2, 2018 by Will
A reportedly recent video out of Ukraine allegedly shows Russian proxy rocket artillery hammering a residential area near Avdiivka, Ukraine.
The footage shows sustained impact detonations indicative of multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS), likely 122mm munitions originating from truck-mounted BM-21 “Grads.” Some Ukrainian reports said that the targeted area was in a zone not occupied by their forces, but trenches can be seen from the drone-recorded video, suggesting there is at least some Ukrainian troop presence in the area.
The drone video was reportedly released by the separatists themselves as a testament to their success in waging the attack. However, the shelling of such a densely populated residential area isn’t going to score them any publicity points from the international community.
A statement by Ukrainian forces claimed, “Over the past day, Russian-occupation violated ceasefire 33 times, using heavy weaponry (122mm artillery and 82mm mortars)…” The statement also went on to implicate the Russian-backed separatist troops conducting sniper operations as well.
The war in eastern Ukraine has entered its fifth year. More than 10,000 people have been killed, 2,800 of which were civilians. Almost two million people have been displaced from their homes. Although there has been a stalemate regarding the taking and losing of ground, fighting and attacks like those shown in the video are on the rise.