Ukrainian UAVs use a British RDX-based PE8 plastic explosive

KYIV, UKRAINE — A new incident from the war in Ukraine reveals more details about the weapon used. According to @war_noir, Russian armed forces shot down a Ukrainian kamikaze drone. The photos shared by the author reveal the blasting explosives used. They are RDX-based PE8 L23A1 plastic explosives originally manufactured in Great Britain.

Ukrainian UAV was shot down with UK RDX-based PE8 explosives
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According to the manufacturer, the British company Chemring Energetics UK Ltd has developed an advanced explosive formula. It is thanks to this formula that PE8 explosive is highly effective in military operations. This clarification is important because the company has a version for civil use – when demolishing buildings for public works.

In its essence, the British explosive PE8 is a plastic explosive. Its structure allows it to be modeled and formed by hand. In this way, the explosive acquires a different shape and weight. Once the explosive is formed, they leave no hand-prints.

The British manufacturer reveals that PE8 is waterproof. This allows it to be used underwater at a certain pressure. PE8 is easy to install and reliable to use, says Chemring Energetics UK Ltd.

2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine

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

On the same day, the Russian government formally recognized the self-proclaimed DPR and LPR. According to Putin not only in their de-facto controlled areas, but the Ukrainian Oblasts as a whole. 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.

Ukrainian UAV was shot down with UK RDX-based PE8 explosives
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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, a “special military operation” can only take place after a UN resolution. There is no such resolution. So this is an invasion and war against Ukraine.


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