Watch: Civilians set a Russian BMP-2 on fire with Molotov cocktails

KYIV, UKRAINE — Ukrainian civilians set fire to a Russian BMP-2 with Molotov cocktails. A new video on the web shows the Russian armored personnel carrier burning. According to some claims, the BMP-2 was attacked by the “Ukrainian partisans” in the Sumy region. However, when the video was taken is not mentioned.

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The footage shows Ukrainian youths throwing Molotov cocktails. There are plastic bags on the ground next to them, where the “fire cocktails” are most likely. There is no indication that the crew of the Russian vehicle was on board. Judging by the footage, it’s most likely abandoned on the road.

Molotov cocktail

A Molotov cocktail is an easy-to-make and effective means of quickly igniting a target. A flammable liquid is poured into an easily chipped container [very often a glass bottle]. Very often it is gasoline. A wick is placed with one end immersed in the flammable liquid and the other outside the container.

Before it is thrown at the target, that end, which is outside the container, is ignited. When the fuse is lit, the container with the liquid is thrown at the target. From the impact, the container breaks splashes the accuracy, which is easily ignited by the already lit fuse.

The name “Molotov cocktail” was invented by the Finns, as an ironic reference to the claims of the Soviet foreign minister Vyacheslav Molotov during the Winter War. Molotov claimed that the Soviet incendiary bombs over Finland were “airborne humanitarian food deliveries”. Finns sarcastically called Soviet cluster bombs “Molotov breadbaskets”. When the Finns started using the “cocktails” against Soviet tanks, they called them “Molotov Cocktail” as a “drink for food baskets”.

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.

Civilians set a Russian BMP-2 on fire with Molotov cocktails
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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.

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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