The moment Russia fires devastating TOS-1A thermobaric missiles at Ukrainian troops as desperate generals try so save flailing Russian offensive in eastern Ukraine
- Video shows Russians firing thermobaric missiles on Ukraine-controlled land
- Thermobaric weapons release a flammable vapour before igniting it
- That causes a ripple-like explosion capable of vaporizing bodies close to the explosion and demolishing buildings or rupturing human organs in the blast
- Yet unlike cluster bombs, their use is not banned under international law
New video shows the Russians once again using ripple-like thermobaric missiles capable of tearing through human organs on areas held by Ukraine.
The footage shared on Telegram channels and by defence expert Rob Lee appears to come from a Russian UAV drone.
Dozens of the weapons were unleashed, trailing smoke as they soared through the air toward seemingly residential targets.
The earth around the launcher then catches fire.
Mr Lee tweeted: ‘Russian Orlan-10 UAV footage reportedly of TOS-1A thermobaric MLRS strikes on Ukrainian positions.’
Thermobaric bombs, also known as fuel-air bombs, are far more devastating than conventional explosives.
Yet unlike cluster bombs, they are not banned under international law, as long as they’re not used against civilians.
Footage shows Russian forces bombarding Ukraine held territory with the devastating missiles
When a thermobaric charge is deployed, the first blast sprays an ultra-flammable fuel vapour
The fireball they cause can melt through defences and vaporize bodies close to the explosion
Thermobaric bombs work in two stages. When a charge is deployed, the first blast sprays a fuel vapour throughout the surrounding area.
A second blast then ignites the vapour cloud in the air.
This results in a huge explosion, triggering a high-temperature fireball which sucks up the oxygen in the surrounding area and creates a massive blast wave.
The fireball can melt through defences and vaporize bodies caught close to the explosion, while the high-pressure blast wave can demolish buildings and rupture human organs.
The footage appeared as Putin’s role in the invasion of Ukraine was likened to that of a brigadier or general by Western military sources.
They also said General Valery Gerasimov is micro-managing the war in minute detail which would normally be overseen by a colonel.
The source added that Russian battalion tactical group had been ‘battered’, stating: ‘If Putin is doing the job of a brigade commander’ then ‘he could be delving into a force that could be as small as 700 to 1,000 soldiers’.
Putin’s soldiers have so far failed to achieve their military objectives in eastern Ukraine, where Russian forces have been attempting to mount a breakthrough in order to encircle Ukrainian troops in the Donbas region.
Officials believe Putin’s decision to take personal control of on-the-ground troop movements could be contributing to the military failures.