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Soviet-era rocket launcher still serving on Ukraine frontline

Soviet-era rocket launcher still serving on Ukraine frontline

Soviet-era rocket launcher still serving on Ukraine frontline

Firing of BM-21 Grad rocket – AFP

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  • Ukrainian gunners use Soviet-era rocket launcher to launch 122 mm rockets that can reach targets up to 12 miles away.
  • The device is the 1960s version of “Stalin’s Organs.”
  • It terrified the Nazis during WW II.
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The day passes for a few Ukrainian gunners camped beneath a cluster of trees near the Russian lines, while they wait for firing orders by  Soviet-era rocket launcher, a BM-21 Grad rocket weapon.

The device is the 1960s version of “Stalin’s Organs,” a terrible weapon that terrified Nazi German soldiers during World War II. Its 40 tubes are capable of launching 122 mm rockets that can reach targets up to 20 kilometers (12 miles) away.

In their rear, Ukrainian artillery bombards the Russian positions from above.

The latter responds with a ceaseless artillery duel along the frontline.

Maksym, a bearded man in his 30s, said to AFP that the day had been “hectic” while wearing his cap backward.

“This morning they (the Russians) shot at us, not far away. We were forced to go down into the shelters. Now it’s calmer, “He stated under the din of artillery exchanges.

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When the order from command eventually arrives, the coffee has just been delivered in plastic cups.

The guys grab their weapons, helmets, and bulletproof vests and race towards the truck, which pulls off with a bang, roaring its mighty diesel engine before tearing across fields at breakneck speed.

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