Terrifying new footage shows flesh-eating thermite bombs raining on a Ukrainian village as desperate Russian President Vladimir Putin steps up his attacks on civilians.
Terrifying footage shows the night sky in the village of Uzern in the Donetsk region illuminated by a bitter rain of sparkling, burning thermite – a deadly chemical mixture.
The drone footage was geolocated in Ozern, which is located a few kilometers from the front line and was released on 4 September, the sun reports.
Ukrainian MP Roman Hryshchuk posted the 12-second video on Twitter, commenting: “This is horrific.”
Thermite, a mixture of metal powder and metal oxide, is used to make incendiary bombs.
It burns at temperatures over 2400 degrees Celsius – therefore, it can burn through hot steel and concrete, and if it comes into contact with human flesh, it can melt right down to the bones.
Experts from the Ukrainian Military Center claim that Russian forces are able to fire 9M22S thermite-mix incendiary ammunition using BM-21 Grad or BM-30 Smerch multiple rocket launchers from their ground positions, as part of their defensive strategy.
In fact, while thermite may only have a limited effect on military targets, it is a weapon with wide-area effects that can be devastating to civilians.
New video evidence comes as “panicked” Vladimir Putin has been accused of intensifying attacks against civilians as he loses his grip on his bloody invasion of Ukraine.
This week, the Ukrainian army announced that it had made huge gains and reinforced its positions across the Uskil River – the last natural obstacle to the border with Donetsk.
Russian forces ‘panic’
The Ukrainian counterattack – backed by weapons supplied by the West – comes as demoralized Russian forces withdrew in “panic” from their positions along the Oskil River, according to a local newspaper. Kyiv Independent.
Hundreds of vehicles and mechanisms, and possibly thousands of victims, were left behind by those fleeing.
Russian politicians announced this week that soldiers could face 10 years in labor camps if they desert, surrender or pillage, RIA Novosti reported in the Telegram messaging app.
A proposal submitted to the Russian State Duma stipulated that non-compliance would result in “imprisonment from two to three years for refusing to take part in hostilities, and, if they cause serious consequences, from three to ten years.”
This new proposal comes as a new objection issued by the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine showed that the Russian command in Donetsk Oblast prevented its forces from withdrawing under the threat of being fired upon.
Amidst apparent Russian panic, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) released a statement detailing Putin’s aggressive change in the pattern of missile strikes on Ukrainians.
The Defense Ministry stated that Russian military efforts have increased attacks on civilians in the past week, with the aim of “undermining the morale of the Ukrainian people and government.”
As was the case in Ozerne, each 9M22S missile carries a 9H510 warhead – it consists of 180 incendiary combat elements that are used to destroy enemy manpower and equipment by inducing mass fires, as well as direct strikes.
Human Rights Watch previously warned that the deadly thermite can cause extremely painful burns to human skin and can lead to respiratory problems.
Thermite weapons are extremely dangerous to use because their wide range means they cannot be contained on the battlefield – and their effects can hit civilians.
The use of thermite as an incendiary weapon is now considered a war crime.
Its use is prohibited by Protocol III of the 1980 United Nations Convention on Conventional Weapons in Geneva.
Article 2 of the Convention states that “It is prohibited in all circumstances to make the civilian population as such, individual civilians or civilian objects, the object of attack with incendiary weapons.”
It comes less than a week after Ukraine discovered a mass grave of more than 440 people in the northeastern city of Izyum that had been seized as part of the operation.
Although it was not confirmed that Russian forces were behind the executions, Ukraine said they were further evidence of “war crimes” committed by Russian forces.
On Monday, Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said: “It’s a lie.”
On Monday, Oleg Senegubov, the governor of the Kharkiv region, said: “Some of the dead have signs of violent death, there are bodies tied with hands and traces of torture. It was also found that the deceased had injuries from mine explosions, shrapnel and stab wounds.”
The vast majority of those found were said to be civilians, including many children.
The Russian army has been almost entirely driven out of the Kharkiv region in northeastern Ukraine since Ukraine launched its last counter-offensive to reclaim territory.
“The immediate vicinity of Luhansk. “Ending the occupation is not far away,” Heidi wrote on Telegram.
As Russia continues to decline, separatist leaders in four Russian-controlled regions of Ukraine have announced that they are planning to hold elections on joining Russia.
As part of the Kremlin’s desperate efforts to swallow up partly Russian-controlled Donetsk, Luhansk (Donbas), Kherson and Zaporizhia, residents will vote in a move that could “irreversibly” redefine Russia’s borders.
This can be seen as a springboard for Russia to mobilize more people if the provinces agree to the annexation.
This article originally appeared on The Sun and is reproduced with permission
Originally Posted as Chilling Footage of a Dissolved Thermite Bomb for the Russian Army