Russian-occupation forces have begun to actively use thermobaric – the heaviest non-nuclear weapons – against Ukraine.
“This is Russian Solntsepek flamethrower system. Some partners avoid giving the necessary weapons because of fear of the escalation. Escalation, really? Russia already uses the heaviest non-nuclear weapons against Ukraine, burning people alive. Maybe it’s time to respond and give us MLRS?” Mykhailo Podolyak, Adviser to the Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, posted on Twitter, publishing a video of the attack.
Solntsepek is a multi-barrel rocket launch system equipped with thermobaric rockets of destructive capacity.
Such rockets are considered the heaviest non-nuclear munitions in the world. Thermobaric weapons create a high-temperature explosion, resulting in an explosion wave of much greater power than a conventional shell creates. At the same time, the sprayed explosive mixture penetrates even through the cracks of fortifications and affects anyone within its range.
As a reminder, Ukraine reported in March that the Russian troops had been using thermobaric (vacuum) bombs during the attacks on Ukrainian cities.