Separatists Named Their Rocket 'Cheburashka' to Troll Ukraine
June 7, 2018 Robert BeckhusenDonetsk separatists are showing off a new rocket launcher. On May 22, 2018, the news outlet Donetsk 24 affiliated with the breakaway Donetsk Peopleâs...
Donetsk separatists are showing off a new rocket launcher. On May 22, 2018, the news outlet Donetsk 24 affiliated with the breakaway Donetsk Peopleâs Republic revealed the 217-millimeter Cheburashka multiple-rocket launcher in action near the town of Avdiivka.
In the video, the launcher fires rockets which land â" slowly â" one after another in a wooded grove near a neighborhood marked with trenches and damaged buildings. In a statement, the DPRâs military said the shelling was i n retaliation for the death of Oleg Mamieva, a separatist battalion commander killed in the area several days prior.
The Cheburashka is a new addition to the DPRâs arsenal in a low-boil war that has escalated in recent weeks. The rocket launcher is not a gift from Russia but something the DPR constructed itself through its âState-Innovation Companyâ and revealed during the breakaway stateletâs Victory Day parade on May 9.
The vehicles are relatively simple with the rockets mounted on KrAZ trucks, of which there are more than enough to go around, and the rockets were likely produced in part by Donetskâs vital State Plant of Chemical Products.
The Cheburashkaâs reported range is around three to five kilometers. The name is also a throwback to Soviet nostalgia after a childrenâs ape-like storybook character and star of a 1969 stop-motion film. There are psychological and propagandistic connotations to this name.
The Russian military also fields a thermobaric rocket launcher mounted on a T-72 tank chassis called the TOS-1A Buratino, named after Tolstoyâs adaptation of Pinocchio. Three years ago, a TOS-1A appeared in Eastern Ukraine according to international monitors â" an embarrassing revelation of the Kremlinâs support for the separatists as the weapon was never previously exported to Ukraine.
However, at the time, Col. Andriy Lysenko â" a Ukrainian defense ministry official â" erroneously referred to the newly-arrived Buratino as a Cheburashka, mixing up the storybook characters. By naming the new, domestically-produced rocket launcher after the latter character, the DPR is trying to make a joke at Lysenkoâs expense, as the separatists deny having ever received a Buratino.
In other words, trolling.If you have any problems viewing this ar ticle, please report it here.Source: Google News Ukraine | Netizen 24 Ukraine