Ukrainians seized a ‘Z’ weapon and began to use it against Russians

KYIV, ($1=29.40 Ukrainian Hryvnia) — Since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the war launched by Russian President Vladimir Putin against the Ukrainians, hundreds of photos of captured Russian weapons have been published daily on social media. A tweet from the UKRAINE-RUSSIA archives reports that the first use of seized Russian weapons against their former owners has already been documented.

Ukrainians seized a 'Z' weapon and began to use it against Russians
Photo credit: Twitter

This is a captured heavy flamethrower launcher with thermobaric warheads TOS-1A Solntsepyok also known as Object 634 or TOS-1 Buratino. The photo captured a moment when the system fired a rocket. The Twitter account claims that this happened in the Izyum direction, Kharkiv, Ukraine, and the information was confirmed by Serhiy Bratchuk, spokesman for the Odesa OVA. The capital letter “Z” written on the TOS-1 launching block is clearly visible. A local source at BulgarianMilitary.com confirmed that the Ukrainians have repaired the system.

Ukrainians seized a 'Z' weapon and began to use it against Russians
Photo credit: Twitter

Since the beginning of the war, the Ukrainians have successfully managed to repair and restore captured Russian weapons, which allows them to be reused. These are tanks, armored vehicles, trucks, and other vehicles abandoned by their crews, sometimes in perfect condition, stuck in a forest or field. Some of these weapons have been adopted into the ranks of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

220mm thermobaric weapons

As we reported on February 26, the Russia’s thermobaric “vacuum bomb” was spotted by our own sources on the outskirts south of Belgorod, Russia, near the border with Ukraine. The same information was shared by a reporter on the American television channel CNN.

The TOS-1 or TOS-1A multiple rocket launcher is capable of firing missiles with thermobaric warheads. These weapons do not use conventional ammunition. Instead, they are filled with high-temperature high-pressure explosives. They are sometimes called “vacuum bombs” because they absorb oxygen from the surrounding air, creating a powerful explosion and a large pressure wave, which can have devastating consequences.

According to Human Rights Watch, thermobaric weapons have been used in Chechnya with dire consequences. Their use has been condemned by several NGOs.

2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine

On 21 February 2022, the Russian government claimed that Ukrainian shelling had destroyed an FSB border facility on the Russia Ukraine border, and claimed that it had killed 5 Ukrainian soldiers who tried to cross into Russian territory. Ukraine denied being involved in both incidents and called them a false flag.

Russian 200mm thermobaric weapons spotted near Ukraine - sources
Photo credit: Mil.in.ua

On the same day, the Russian government formally recognized the self-proclaimed DPR and LPR as independent states, according to Putin not only in their de-facto controlled areas, but the Ukrainian Oblasts as a whole, and Putin ordered Russian troops, including tanks, to enter the regions.

On 24 February 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an invasion of Ukraine by Russian Armed Forces previously concentrated along the border. The invasion followed by targeted airstrikes of military buildings in the country, as well as tanks entering via the Belarus border.

Russia has so far not recognized the invasion of Ukraine as a “war”, although that is exactly what it is, claiming that it is a “special military operation”. According to the UN, in which Russia has its permanent representation, for military action to be defined as a “special military operation”, it must have a resolution issued by the UN. There is no such resolution, which automatically defines the military actions of the Russians as an invasion and war against the citizens of Ukraine.

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