Russian forces have employed deadly thermobaric warheads to attack Ukrainian targets, prompting the opposing military to demand that NATO arm them with such weapons as soon as possible.
According to the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense (MoD), the Russians struck Ukrainian targets near Novomykhailivka in Donetsk Oblast’s eastern region.
Video has been acquired of the catastrophic explosion of the Russian TOS-1A multiple launch rocket system (MLRS). The footage shows the TOS-1A Solntsepek targeting Ukrainian defences for the first time.
The shockwaves created by the thermobaric rounds are visible in the video, with many explosions co-occurring time during the strike. The occurrence is defined as a condensation cloud, sometimes known as a Wilson cloud, and it’s created by thermobaric weaponry in particular, resulting in the ominous bubble-like clouds seen in the footage.
The TOS-1A is a modified version of the TOS-1 system. The Russian “Sunburn” flamethrower system is mounted on a modified T-72 tank carrier and was designed to provide fire support for infantry troops and main battle tanks on the move. A rotating launch system aboard the vehicle may hold up to 24 unguided thermobaric rockets that can be launched in six to twelve seconds.
The deadly 30-barrel or 24-barrel multiple rocket launcher can fire thermobaric warheads, which are high-temperature explosives that use oxygen from the surrounding region.
Ukraine has called Moscow’s invasion the “largest and most horrific war of the twenty-first century” and has urged NATO to provide similar Multiple Launch Rocket Systems to its military as soon as possible.
“This is what the largest and most horrific war of the 21st century looks like. Ukraine is ready to strike back. To do this, we need NATO-style MLRS [Multiple Launch Rocket Systems]. Immediately,” the Ukrainian Defence Ministry said.
Amid this brutality, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a regulation making it easier for Ukrainians living in seized regions to become Russian citizens.
According to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the Russian military has lost roughly 29,600 men in combat since February 24.
Russia has also lost 1,315 tanks, 3,235 armoured fighting vehicles, 617 artillery systems, 201 multiple launch rocket systems, 93 anti-aircraft systems, 206 warplanes, 170 helicopters, 2,225 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, 13 vessels, 502 unmanned aerial vehicles, 47 special equipment units, and 114 cruise missiles, according to the Ukrainian military.