Russia Appears To Blitz Ukraine Positions With Devastating Thermobaric Warheads

Russian TOS-1A shelling Ukrainian positions near Novomykhailivka, Donetsk region in May 2022. (@DefenceU/Zenger).

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By Lee Bullen

This is the shocking moment the Russian Armed Forces apparently blasts Ukrainian positions with thermobaric warheads as Ukraine’s Defense Ministry calls on NATO to urgently supply the country with similar weapons.

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The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense (MoD) said the Russians used a TOS-1 multiple rocket launcher to strike at Ukrainian targets near Novomykhailivka in the eastern region of Donetsk Oblast.

The 30-barrel or 24-barrel multiple rocket launcher, mounted on a T-72 tank chassis, is capable of firing thermobaric warheads, a type of explosive that uses oxygen in the surrounding area to generate a high-temperature blast.

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Ukraine also called Russia’s invasion the “largest and most horrific war of the 21st century” and appealed to NATO to supply Ukrainians with similar Multiple Launch Rocket Systems as soon as possible.

The Ukrainian Defense Ministry said on May 26: “Russian TOS-1s shelling Ukrainian positions near Novomykhailivka, Donetsk region.

“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!”

In other developments, Ukrainian officials said Russian forces have attacked over 40 towns in the eastern Donbas region.

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Russian TOS-1A shelling Ukrainian positions near Novomykhailivka, Donetsk region in May 2022. (@DefenceU/Zenger).

They added that five civilians died, 12 were wounded and 47 civilian sites were destroyed or damaged in the latest attacks.

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree that makes it easier for Ukrainians in occupied areas to become citizens of Russia.

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Russia has also done away with the upper age limit for contractual service in its military.

Ukraine has called Russia’s offer to lift the blockade of its Black Sea ports in return for the lifting of some sanctions “blackmail”.

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The blockade has led to shortages in wheat and cooking oil across the world.

Russian troops invaded Ukraine on February 24 in what the Kremlin is still calling a “special military operation”.

Russian TOS-1A shelling Ukrainian positions near Novomykhailivka, Donetsk region in May 2022. (@DefenceU/Zenger).

May 26 marks the 92nd day of the war.

From February 24 to May 26, the total combat losses of Russian troops stand at around 29,600 personnel, according to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

The Ukrainian military also claims that Russia has lost 1,315 tanks, 3,235 armored 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 units of special equipment, and 114 cruise missiles.

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