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What Is the Thermobaric 'Vacuum Bomb' Russia Has Been Accused of Using?


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As Russia’s horrifying invasion of Ukraine continues to unfold, Oksana Markarova, Ukraine’s ambassador to the US, has alleged that Russia used a vacuum bomb. According to reports, the attack was aimed at a Ukrainian army base in Okhtyrka and 70 soldiers were killed in the blast.

The use of a vacuum bomb has yet to be independently confirmed. But in recent days CNN reported that members of its team had spotted Russian military vehicles fitted with thermobaric rocket launchers near the Ukrainian border.

Vacuum bombs, or thermobaric weapons, work in two stages. Stage one releases a large cloud of combustible material, usually fuel or small metal particles such as aluminium. Stage two triggers an explosion that ignites this material to create a massive fireball and a shock wave. The effect is like that caused in accidental dust explosions in coal mines or flour mills, where the flammable particles become so dispersed that when they catch fire they generate a huge blast.

Thermobaric weapons are also called vacuum bombs because the explosion sucks up all the oxygen around the device. This process leaves victims close to the explosion unable to breathe, killing them by asphyxiation. Besides suffocation, the pressure from the explosion can essentially crush a person to death and cause major internal damage to the body’s organs, such as rupturing the lungs.

The effects of thermobaric weapons are much more intense and destructive than a more conventional bomb. The explosion lasts longer and happens at a much higher temperature. As a result, these weapons can devastate vast areas of land, destroy buildings, and can even vaporise a human body from the extreme heat. The materials used are also often highly toxic and can be as dangerous as chemical weapons.:snip:

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16 minutes ago, Geee said:
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As Russia’s horrifying invasion of Ukraine continues to unfold, Oksana Markarova, Ukraine’s ambassador to the US, has alleged that Russia used a vacuum bomb. According to reports, the attack was aimed at a Ukrainian army base in Okhtyrka and 70 soldiers were killed in the blast.

The use of a vacuum bomb has yet to be independently confirmed. *But in recent days CNN reported that members of its team had spotted Russian military vehicles fitted with thermobaric rocket launchers near the Ukrainian border.

 

 

Alleged, being the Operative word. * When was the last time you believed Anything CNN said (including today's date)?

Point is All I see is Propaganda, from both sides. What concerns me is Left ad Right there are very few voices saying "Hold On A Second, did this Really Happen?"

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14 minutes ago, Valin said:

 

Alleged, being the Operative word. * When was the last time you believed Anything CNN said (including today's date)?

Point is All I see is Propaganda, from both sides. What concerns me is Left ad Right there are very few voices saying "Hold On A Second, did this Really Happen?"

 Don't know if the allegations are true or false, but just found it interesting to read what it actually is.

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1 hour ago, Geee said:

 Don't know if the allegations are true or false, but just found it interesting to read what it actually is.

I would love it to be true, But the question is...is it?

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Pretty sure the "thermobaric" bomb is a variety of FAE (fuel air explosive).  Old footage demonstrating the over-pressure shock wave effect.

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Mar. 3 2022

Bill Roggio provides an update on the current situation in Ukraine following Russia's invasion, including a clear-eyed and sober analysis of what's actually happening on the ground. Bill reminds listeners that the West must understand the enemy and how — if we want to help Ukraine — we must be honest about its predicament.

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Putin is NOT crazy and the Russian invasion is NOT failing. The West's delusions about this war - and its failure to understand the enemy - will prevent it from saving Ukraine, writes military analyst BILL ROGGIO

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Mar. 3  2022

Timecodes

00:00 - Developing situation (Intro)

01:59 - Russian opening strikes (Feb.24, '22)

03:15 - What the Russians are not doing

06:35 - Intermission (Have your say)

07:01 - Trying to make sense of this

07:28 - Pilot skill and experience?

09:34 - Lacking equipment? 1

0:12 - Lack of air-ground coordination?

11:37 - Lack of preparation?

12:16 - Russian defense industry?

15:41 - Keeping forces in reserve?

16:21 - Underestimating Ukraine?

16:41 - Increasing activity

17:42 - Possible future scenarios and assessment

22:58 - Outro

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On 3/4/2022 at 8:38 AM, Valin said:

Mar. 3  2022

Timecodes

00:00 - Developing situation (Intro)

01:59 - Russian opening strikes (Feb.24, '22)

03:15 - What the Russians are not doing

06:35 - Intermission (Have your say)

07:01 - Trying to make sense of this

07:28 - Pilot skill and experience?

09:34 - Lacking equipment? 1

0:12 - Lack of air-ground coordination?

11:37 - Lack of preparation?

12:16 - Russian defense industry?

15:41 - Keeping forces in reserve?

16:21 - Underestimating Ukraine?

16:41 - Increasing activity

17:42 - Possible future scenarios and assessment

22:58 - Outro

 

 

Mar. 5 2022

 

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