The Russian military is indiscriminately demolishing blocks of residential housing in Donetsk with terrifying barrages of thermobaric bombs, new video footage has revealed.
The town of Pisky located on the outskirts of Donetsk was obliterated yesterday by Putin’s savage thermobaric weapons or ‘vacuum bombs’, which triggered massive fireballs that completely engulfed rows of apartment blocks.
Thermobaric weapons spray a mist of highly flammable aerosol moments prior to their detonation.
When the blast erupts, the vapour cloud is ignited and sucks in the air surrounding it, creating higher temperatures and more damaging explosions which endure far longer than conventional blasts.
The harrowing clip shared by pro-Russian accounts on the Telegram messaging app represents yet more evidence of Putin’s troops targeting residential areas and civilian centres, contrary to official claims made by Russia’s ministry of defence.
It comes as the Russian military relaunched a renewed assault to seize more territory in Donetsk, Kherson, Zaporizhzhia and Kharkiv regions.
The town of Pisky located on the outskirts of Donetsk was obliterated yesterday by Putin’s savage thermobaric weapons or ‘vacuum bombs’, which triggered massive fireballs that completely engulfed rows of apartment blocks
This close up image shows residential blocks blown apart as huge flames rage throughout the town and large trails of smoke snake upwards
The harrowing clip shared by pro-Russian accounts on the Telegram messaging app represents yet more evidence of Putin’s troops targeting residential areas
The town of Pisky located on the outskirts of Donetsk was obliterated yesterday by Putin’s savage thermobaric weapons
After a brief abatement in intensity to regroup and consolidate troop numbers, Russia’s brutal assault on the eastern Donbas region began anew this week with a series of devastating attacks as Putin’s soldiers attempt to gain more ground in southeastern Ukraine.
A report from the Land Forces of Ukraine said Russian units are now trying to defend the land they have already gained in the Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia, Kherson and Kharkiv regions, while trying to slowly advance their positions in Donetsk.
Russian defence minister Sergei Shoigu has claimed the Kremlin’s goal is to retake the entire Donbas region from Ukraine, which would require Putin’s forces to gain total control of the entire Luhansk and Donetsk oblasts.
An intelligence update yesterday from Britain’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) suggested Russian commanders were facing ‘competing operational priorities’ in attempting to gain ground in Donetsk while also reinforcing their defences against Ukrainian counterattacks in the south and north east.
It comes amid reports that the Kremlin is staging covert recruitment operations to replenish the tens of thousands of its troops killed in Ukraine since February 24 to avoid implementing conscription.
Although the Russian defence ministry denies that any ‘mobilisation activities’ are taking place, authorities seem to be pulling out all the stops to bolster enlistment.
Billboards and public transit ads in various regions proclaim, ‘This is The Job,’ urging men to join the professional army. Authorities have set up mobile recruiting centers in some cities, including one at the site of a half marathon in Siberia in May.
Regional administrations meanwhile are forming ‘volunteer battalions’ that are promoted on state television.
The business daily Kommersant counted at least 40 such entities in 20 regions, with officials promising volunteers monthly salaries ranging from the equivalent of £1,750 to nearly £5,000.
A Russian Army soldier looks through a sniper rifle scope as she and other soldiers guard a group of foreign journalists visiting a captured Ukrainian checkpoint in Luhansk
Though devastating attacks continue to rock the Donbas region this week, the repeated shelling of Europe’s largest nuclear powerplant in Zaporizhzhia (pictured) is arguably the most alarming threat facing Ukraine
A house lies in ruins after the shelling of Russian troops, Kushuhum urban-type settlement, Zaporizhzhia Region
A view of an explosion crater after Russian shelling in a village of Zaporizhzhia Oblast, Ukraine on August 10, 2022
Though devastating attacks continue to rock the Donbas region this week, the repeated shelling of Europe’s largest nuclear powerplant is arguably the most alarming threat facing Ukraine.
Both sides have accused each other of the shelling which has killed dozens of people over the past week and threatened to critically damage the facility which houses several nuclear reactors.
Ukraine state energy company Energoatom said the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power complex was shelled again today, after yesterday’s attacks killed 14.
Energoatom said the plant’s area was struck five times, including near the site where radioactive materials are stored, but that nobody was injured and the situation at the plant remained under control.
The clashes have revived memories of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster in Soviet Ukraine, which killed hundreds of people and spread radioactive contamination over much of Europe.
The Group of Seven industrialised nations (G7) condemned Russia’s occupation and called on Moscow to immediately hand back full control of the plant to Ukrainian authorities.
Ukrainian staff operating the plant must be able to work ‘without threats or pressure’ and Russia’s control of the plant ‘endangers the region’, the G7 foreign ministers said in a statement.