Claim a new video to show Brutal Russian thermobaric weapons The Ukrainian-held town of Pisky, a front line, was hit.
The footage, initially distributed on pro-Russian social media channels, was tweeted on Thursday by several pro-Ukrainian accounts dedicated to tracking the war.
There is no word on when the bombing shown in the video took place or if there were any casualties.
The video, initially posted on a Russian Telegram channel called Military Chronicles, shows several rocket strikes hitting a block of apartment buildings that already appear to have collapsed.
Sparks rain and explode.
“We have already told you about the features of the TOS-A1,” The post says, referring to Russian rocket launchers capable of firing thermobaric-tipped rockets. “It’s time to put it into action.”
The post claimed that the rockets were targeting Ukrainian soldiers hiding in abandoned residences.
“Pisky has had no citizens for a long time – in 2015, the village was turned into a stronghold of the Armed Forces of Ukraine,” it said.
A weapons analyst at private intelligence firm Jens told Sky News on Thursday that some of the explosions in the video were visible. come from thermobaric warheads.
Thermobaric explosivesAlso called aerosol or fuel air bombs, oxygen from the surrounding air is used to create a high-temperature explosion that typically produces a shockwave of significantly longer duration than a conventional device.
Although thermobaric weapons are not inherently against international law, the intentional targeting of civilians — with thermobaric devices or any other weapon — is considered one. war crime.
Pisky has been a Ukrainian frontline since Russia seized the city of Donetsk during its 2014 annexation of Crimea. It has recently become a contested position in Russia’s flagging efforts to seize the entire Donetsk region, including the industrialized Donbass region of eastern Ukraine.
There was minor firing from Piski on Thursday, but the situation on the ground remained unclear.
Moscow said the city had already been captured by Russian forces, a claim that could not be verified.
Ukrainian Brigadier General Oleksiy Hromov said he would send reinforcements to the city, where he said another Russian advance had been repulsed.
“For a week, the enemy attacked Piski continuously, 6-7 attacks a day,” he said.
Speaking at a press conference on Thursday, Hromov said the frequency of Russian airstrikes had doubled in the past week.
The general claimed that Ukrainian air defenses were working to make those strikes less effective.
“Enemy planes and helicopters avoid flying within the range of our air defenses and hence the accuracy of these attacks is low,” he said.
In addition to the airstrikes, Russian forces continued to bombard the country.
Oleg Sinegubov, the governor of Kharkiv province, said on Telegram that areas around the cities of Kharkiv and Izum had been hit by “massive shelling”.
With post wire