Russian forces have deployed thermobaric bombs to wipe out entire apartment blocks in the Ukrainian city of Donetsk.
Terrifying footage of the attack is circulating on social media after pro-Russian accounts boasted about the strike on the Telegram messaging app.
The video begins with an aerial shot of the village of Pisky before a sudden explosion in the middle of a residential area.
In a close up of the bomb site, flames can be seen falling from the sky.
Another wide angle captures half a dozen more explosions hitting the town, causing bright orange fireballs to erupt while plumes of smoke billow into the air.
There is no word on whether anyone was killed or injured in the attack, or when it took place.
Dubbed vacuum or aerosol bombs, the thermobaric weapons suck in oxygen from the surrounding air to generate a high-temperature blast and destroy everything in their surroundings.
The immense shockwave lasts much longer than conventional explosives and strips all the oxygen out of underground bunkers.
The use of these bombs against civilians is banned under the United Nations Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons and considered a war crime.
Russian forces used a TOS-1A ‘Sonstepok’ heavy flamethrower system to shell the village, according to the Ukrainian publication Obozrevate.
It reported that Pisky was “completely destroyed” in the attack.
A Russian account that shared footage of the bombing wrote, “we have already told you about the characteristics of the TOS-A1 ‘Sontsepok’, it’s time to show it in action.”
The post claims that there have been no civilians in Pisky for a long time, and that the rockets were targeting Ukrainian fighters holed up in abandoned residences.
Ukrainian Brigadier General Oleksiy Hromov said Russia had consistently attacked the village for six to seven days, and that he would be sending reinforcements into the village.
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