Vladimir Putin has deployed the deadly “thermobaric multiple launch rocket systems” which can vaporise the human body and the missiles will be used over Ukraine.
Thermobaric missiles cause supersonic blast waves which suck all the oxygen out of a confined space and therefore destroys infrastructure.
The “heavy flamethrowers” will be used the Russia’s elite airborne forces the British Ministry of Defence (MoD) has warned.
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Russian media have reported the transfer of the “highly destructive” TOS-1A thermobaric missile systems will also be used by “Russia’s specialist Chemical, Biological and Radiological Protection Troops.”
The MoD said, “As of 03 April 2023, Russian media reported the transfer of TOS-1A thermobaric multiple launch rocket systems to Russian airborne forces (VDV).
“The highly destructive TOS-1A, which Russia designates as a ‘heavy flamethrower’, is typically operated by Russia’s specialist Chemical, Biological and Radiological Protection Troops in Ukraine, and has not previously been formally associated with the VDV.
“The transfer likely indicates a future role for the VDV in offensive operations in Ukraine.
“It is likely part of efforts to reconstitute the VDV after it suffered heavy casualties in the first nine months of the war.”
Russian forces have by in large failed to “advance seriously anywhere” along the frontline and Ukrainian troops are preparing for a major Spring offensive.
ISW analysis reports, “Russia has committed the approximately 300,000 mobilised soldiers, called up by partial mobilisation in September 2022 for the purpose of pursuing exactly such a spring offensive, to these various offensive efforts.
“If 300,000 Russian soldiers have been unable to give Russia a decisive offensive edge in Ukraine it is highly unlikely that the commitment of additional forces in future mobilisation waves will produce a dramatically different outcome this year.
“Ukraine is therefore well positioned to regain the initiative and launch counter offensives in critical sectors of the current frontline.”
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