Vladimir Putin has deployed a multiple rocket launcher system that “sucks the air out of its victims” in Ukraine as its war of occupation escalates.
The TOS-1 Buratino fires fuel-air “thermobaric” rockets which, when they explode, consume all the oxygen in the blast zone, killing everyone in the area.
Victims may appear to have no visible external injuries, but will have sustained massive internal damage.
The weapon is based on the Soviet-era T-72 main battle tank with the main turret removed and replaced with a rocket launcher system containing 30 8.5-inch rockets.
The TOS-1 Buratino multiple rocket launcher, pictured here in June 2020 during the Victory Day military parade in Moscow, is believed to have been deployed to Ukraine
The weapon system can fire 30 to 8.5 inch rockets in 15 seconds. Thermobaric rockets have a range of about two miles, with each warhead causing a blast zone 1,000 feet in diameter
The TOS-1A Buratino multiple rocket launcher system can fire 30 thermobaric projectiles in 15 seconds devastating a blast zone 1,000 feet wide
The system was developed in the mid-1980s and the unguided rockets have a range of two miles.
Witnesses claim to have seen the weapons system entering Ukraine from Belarus, possibly heading towards Kiev.
The blind weapon is very effective against people and lightly armored vehicles causing havoc in an area 1,000 feet in diameter.
Russians describe the TOS-1 Buratino as a “flamethrower”, but military experts say it fires a “wall of napalm at its victims”.
CNN reported that one of the terrifying weapon systems was seen in the back of a transport truck in Belgorod, near Ukraine’s northern border.
Charlie Gao, defense and national security commentator, told The Sun: “The Buratino and the Solntsepek are very useful weapons for an army that could go into urban combat without worrying about collateral damage.”
However, Putin’s invasion stalled due to stronger than expected resistance from the Ukrainian Defense Forces.
Kiev’s European allies send advanced weapon systems to support defense against Russia.
Today, the Netherlands and Germany promised to send weapons capable of eliminating heavy armor or military jets and helicopters.
The Dutch quickly dispatch 200 Stinger air defense rockets and 50 “Panzerfaust 3” anti-tank weapons with 400 rockets.
The Netherlands is also considering jointly with Germany sending a Patriot air defense system to a NATO battlegroup in Slovakia, he added.
This Russian multiple rocket launcher was destroyed outside Ukraine’s second largest city, Kharkiv, following a battle. This system does not fire the thermobaric rocket
A Ukrainian soldier inspects the piece of Russian equipment that was no longer operational
The body of a Russian soldier was seen a few meters from the destroyed rocket system
The missiles are in addition to other equipment already pledged by the Netherlands earlier this month, including rifles, ammunition, radar systems and mine detection robots.
Earlier on Saturday, the Netherlands announced it was moving Dutch embassy staff from the city of Lviv in western Ukraine to Jaroslaw across the Polish border in due to the deterioration of security.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said Berlin would supply Ukraine with 1,000 anti-tank weapons and 500 Stinger surface-to-air missiles from Bundeswehr stocks.
He said: “The Russian invasion of Ukraine marks a turning point. It is our duty to do our best to help Ukraine defend itself against Putin’s invading army.
Berlin also approved the delivery of 400 RPGs from the Netherlands and a request from Estonia to pass the old GDR howitzers to Ukraine. Finland had bought the howitzers in the 1990s after the fall of the Berlin Wall and then sold them to Estonia.
Germany has a long-standing policy of not exporting arms to war zones, partly rooted in its bloody 20th-century history and resulting pacifism. Countries wishing to pass on German arms exports must first seek approval from Berlin.
Scholz had referenced this policy several times in recent weeks when refusing to deliver lethal weapons to Ukraine.
Saturday’s announcement was well received in Kyiv. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Twitter: “Keep it up Chancellor @OlafScholz!” The anti-war coalition in action!’