(Republican Insider) – A new report from The Western Journal has revealed that as Russia is continuing its invasion of Ukraine and seeks to obliterate the nation’s will to fight, along with the country’s cities, it is starting to employ the uses of weapons that have been labeled as “potentially a war crime.”
According to a report from the U.K.’s Mirror, new videos have been emerging that indicate Russia is now using thermobaric rockets that are being fired from a weapon that has come to be known as the TOS-qA Solntsepek as it continues to try and force its way through Ukrainian resistance.
The publication stated that it wasn’t certain whether or not the footage of the weapon, which can reportedly melt human organs, was taken inside Ukraine or was simply being used as a piece of propaganda.
“The TOS-1A Solntsepek was used against Ukrainian nationalists by the people’s militia of the Donetsk People’s Republic with the support of the Russian army during a special operation in Ukraine,” Russia’s Ministry of Defense went on to say earlier this month.
Rus Ordusu tarafından Ukrayna hedeflerine yönelik olarak gerçekleştirilen Tos-1A Çok Namlulu Roketatar (ÇNRA) atışları… pic.twitter.com/lI0x42eyV2
— SavunmaSanayiST.com (@SavunmaSanayiST) March 19, 2022
The Russian MoD has confirmed the use of the TOS-1A weapon system in Ukraine. The TOS-1A uses thermobaric rockets, creating incendiary and blast effects.
Watch the video below for more information about this weapon and its devastating impact.
— Ministry of Defence 🇬🇧 (@DefenceHQ) March 9, 2022
When the topic of thermobaric or vacuum weapons was brought up back at the end of February during a news briefing, Press Secretary Jen Psaki stated that the use of these weapons was “potentially a war crime.”
“Thermobaric missiles explode at a far greater temperature than most weapons and cause more sustained and lethal explosions. The heat they produce can cause flash burns and massive damage to internal organs,” the WJ report said.
“In an article last year headlined ‘Thermobaric Weapons: The Horrific Way Russia Could ‘Melt’ an Army in a War,’ military expert Sebastian Roblin wrote that a ‘TOS-1 rocket barrage will wipe out everything within the two-hundred-by-three-hundred-meter blast zone,'” the report continued.
“This is problematic when the weapon is employed against targets amid an urban civilian population,” Roblin stated.
“It’s a particularly nasty weapon,” John Tierney, who serves as the executive director at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, stated, according to a report from ABC News.
“It’s a terrible way to die,” he remarked. “It has a really broad effect and is probably most useful against hardened facilities.”
During the last three weeks since Russia first invaded Ukraine, there has been a total of almost 900 civilians in Ukraine that have reportedly been killed, according to reports coming from NBC News. Overall, the total number of civilians killed and injured has reached over 2,000.
“Most of the civilian casualties recorded were caused by the use of explosive weapons with a wide impact area, including shelling from heavy artillery and multiple-launch rocket systems, and missile and air strikes,” the United Nations Human Rights Office stated in a report released on Saturday.
From 24 Feb—18 March, we recorded 2,246 civilian casualties in context of Russia’s armed attack against #Ukraine: 847 killed, incl 64 children; 1,399 injured, incl 78 children, mostly caused by shelling & airstrikes. Actual toll is much higher. Full update https://t.co/g7O1JLgmky pic.twitter.com/aN399jikz5
— UNHumanRightsUkraine (@UNHumanRightsUA) March 19, 2022
Nothing says more about the crass brutality of Putin's war in Ukraine than this satellite image of the bombed remains of Mariupol Drama Theatre. Shelter for victims of his war, "CHILDREN" written outside so clearly that it's visible from space, and still it was bombed. pic.twitter.com/c20fwa2guH
— Eliot Higgins (@EliotHiggins) March 19, 2022
Over the weekend, it hit a school where 400 individuals had been taking shelter.
The use of this kind of weapon is absolutely disgusting. Let’s hope this is just a piece of propaganda and not something the Russians have been or will be using against the people of Ukraine.
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