Russian troops have been accused of using deadly thermobaric missiles in civilian areas which are “banned by the Geneva Convention.”
The thermobaric weapons which include the TOS-1 “Buratino” and TOS-1A “Solntsepek,” are very capable of “melting armies” and are one of the most dangerous weapons on the battlefield.
The thermobaric missiles systems suck in oxygen from the area of the explosion which generates a more powerful blast which cause very high temperatures which can vaporise the enemy.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said she has seen reports of the vacuum bombs being launched, she added, “If that were true, it would potentially be a war crime.”
— Roman Motychak (@motytchak) March 1, 2022
The Mayor of Akhtyrka Pavel Kuzmenko, which is a small city northwest of Kharkhiv, said vacuum bomb had been dropped on an oil depot there.
Read more on Russia-Ukraine crisis:
Russia could use thermobaric weapons that are capable of ‘melting’ armies which are now heading ‘towards Kyiv’
Russia accused of committing war crimes after carpet bombing a city with ‘cluster bomb’s killing many innocent civilians
Thousands of Russian troops down weapons and ‘widespread disgust amongst government employees’ leads to resignations
Kuzmenko said, “A vacuum bomb has been dropped on an oil storage depot, containers with oil have been torn off.
“The enemy vilely uses vacuum bombs banned by the Geneva Convention.”
A Western official said the thermobaric missiles are a cause for “considerable concern,” the Independent reports.
The official added, “Certainly, if it is used in any built-up area, there is no way you can eradicate the risk of significant civilian casualties.”
70 Ukrainian soldiers were killed in Okhtyrka, Sumy region, due to military unit shelling. Earlier that day, occupants hit an oil depot in Okhtyrka with a vacuum bomb known as the most deadly non-nuclear bomb. The use of thermobaric weapons violates the Geneva Conventions. pic.twitter.com/K5H9Cx5cXY
— Stratcom Centre UA (@StratcomCentre) March 1, 2022
Oksana Markarova, Ukraine’s ambassador to the United States, told reporters after meeting with White House lawmakers on Monday, “They used the vacuum bomb today. The devastation that Russia is trying to inflict on Ukraine is large.”
The CIA states that vacuum bombs can “obliterate” anybody who are “near the ignition point.”
The US intelligence agency added, “Those at the fringe are likely to suffer many internal, thus invisible injuries, including burst eardrums and crushed inner ear organs, severe concussions, ruptured lungs and internal organs, and possibly blindness.”