Russia drops thermite bomb on village of Donetsk, says Ukraine | Video

Terrifying new footage shows flesh-eating thermite bombs raining down on a Ukrainian village as desperate Russian President Vladimir Putin steps up his attacks on civilians.

Terrifying footage shows the night sky over the village of Ozerne in the Donetsk region lit up by a freezing rain of sparkling, burning thermite – a killer chemical mixture.

The drone footage was geotagged in Ozerne, which is just a few kilometers from the frontline and was released on September 4. The sun reports

The chilling 12-second video was posted on Twitter by Ukrainian MP Roman Hryshchuk, who commented, “It’s awful.”

Thermite, a mixture of metal powder and metal oxide, is used in the manufacture of incendiary bombs.

It burns at temperatures above 2,400°C. Thus, hot, it can burn steel and concrete, and if it comes into contact with human flesh, it can melt to the bone.

Experts from the Ukrainian Military Center claim that Russian troops are capable of launching the 9M22S incendiary munitions which use a mixture of thermite using BM-21 Grad or BM-30 Smerch multiple rocket launchers from their ground positions, in as part of their defense strategy.

Indeed, although thermite has only a limited impact on military targets, it is a weapon with widespread effects that could be devastating to civilians.

The new video evidence is coming ace for “freaking out” Vladimir Putin was accused of stepping up attacks on civilians as he lost control of his bloody invasion of Ukraine.

This week, the Ukrainian army announced that it had made huge gains and consolidated its positions on the other side of the Oskil river – which represents the last natural obstacle before the border with Donetsk.

The “panic” of the Russian troops

The Ukrainian counter-offensive – reinforced with weapons supplied by the West – comes as demoralized Russian troops withdrew in ‘panic’ from their positions along the Oskil River, according to the local newspaper Kyiv Independent.

Those fleeing left behind hundreds of vehicles and machinery, and potentially thousands of casualties.

Russian politicians announced this week that soldiers could face 10 years in the gulag if they desert, surrender or loot, RIA Novosti reported on the Telegram messaging app.

A proposal presented to the Russian Duma said failure to comply would result in “two to three years in prison for refusing to take part in hostilities, and if it entails serious consequences, from three to 10 years”.

This new proposal comes as a new interception released by the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense showed that the Russian command in Donetsk Oblast has prohibited its troops from retreating on pain of being shot down. .

Civilian targets

Amid an apparent Russian panic, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) issued a statement detailing Mr Putin’s aggressive shift in the pattern of missile strikes on Ukrainians.

Russian military efforts are reported to have increased attacks on civilians in the past week, with the aim of “undermining the morale of the Ukrainian people and government”, the Defense Ministry said.

As was the case at Ozerne, each 9M22S missile carries a 9H510 warhead – formed from 180 incendiary combat elements used to destroy enemy manpower and equipment by creating mass fires, as well as direct hits .

Human Rights Watch has previously warned that the deadly thermite can cause extremely painful burns to human skin and lead to respiratory problems.

Using thermite weapons is very dangerous as their wide range means they cannot be contained on the battlefield – and the effects could affect civilians.

Using thermite as an incendiary weapon is now considered a war crime.

Its use was banned by the Third Protocol of the 1980 UN Conventional Weapons Convention in Geneva.

“It is prohibited in all circumstances to make the civilian population as such, individual civilians or civilian objects the object of attack by incendiary weapons”, specifies Article 2 of the Convention.

It comes less than a week after Ukraine discovered a mass grave of more than 440 people in the northeast town of Izyum which was taken over as part of the operation.

Although it is not confirmed that Russian troops were behind the executions, Ukraine said it was further evidence of “war crimes” committed by Russian forces.

On Monday, Mr Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said: “That’s a lie”.

Oleg Synegubov, governor of the Kharkiv region, said on Monday: “Some of the dead show signs of violent death, there are bodies with bound hands and traces of torture. It was also found that the deceased had wounds caused by mine explosions, shrapnel and stab wounds.

The vast majority of those found are believed to be civilians, including many children.

Annexation prospects

The Russian army has been almost completely driven out of the Kharkiv region in northeastern Ukraine since Ukraine launched its latest counter-offensive to regain territory.

“Luhansk region is right next to it. Disoccupation is not far away,” Haidai wrote on Telegram.

As Russia continues to lose ground, separatist leaders from four Russian-controlled regions of Ukraine have announced plans to hold elections on whether to join Russia.

As part of the Kremlin’s desperate efforts to gobble up Donetsk and Luhansk (Donbas), Kherson and partially Russian-controlled Zaporizhzhia, residents will vote in a move that could “irreversibly” redefine Russia’s borders.

This could be seen as a springboard for Russia to mobilize more personnel if the provinces agree to annexation.

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Originally published as Scary images of the Russian army’s melting thermite bomb