Friday, January 27, 2023

Demoralized Russian soldiers tell of “nuclear-capable” Ukrainian drones

Russian soldiers have been killed in a mysterious ‘incident’ at the occupied Kinburn Spit, in the southern Ukraine Mykolaiv region, it has been claimed.

Demoralized Russian soldiers talk about a mysterious Ukrainian drone that dropped a nuclear weapon on their positions. As a result of the attack, dozens of soldiers died and the defensive structures were utterly destroyed.

“A huge drone appeared over the positions and dropped a bomb, after which a mushroom of fire and dust rose, just like an atomic bomb,” the soldiers who survived the attack wrote on social networks.

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Vitaly Kim, the Ukrainian governor of Mykolaiv region, confirmed the operation of the Ukrainian Army at the occupied Kinburn Spit, but noted that the Russians called an ordinary 9-kilogram thermobaric munition a “nuclear weapon”.

“The statements of the occupiers that the Armed Forces of Ukraine allegedly hit enemy positions on the Kinburn Spit with tactical nuclear weapons are truly ridiculous. This is a conventional 9-kilogram thermobaric munition… these are the developments of our volunteers, who made some improvements,” said Kim.

Apparently, Ukrainian engineers have adapted a VACA-type cargo drone into a carrier of devastating weapons, also sometimes referred to as ‘vacuum bombs’.

Thermobaric weapons are much more devastating than conventional explosives of similar size, and have a terrible impact on anyone caught in their blast radius. A thermobaric bomb consists of a fuel container with two separate explosive charges. When it hits its target, the first explosive charge opens the container and widely scatters fuel mixture as a cloud.

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