Russian President Vladimir Putin has launched a deadly weapon on Ukrainians that could change the course of the so-far embarrassing invasion for the despot.
Mad Vlad has spent the last six months threatening the world with nuclear war, but has yet to push the big red button.
But he has now set free a weapon known as a “poor man's nuclear weapon” and it is being run by the feared Wagner military group.
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The TOS-1A Solntsepek heavy thermobaric flamethrower is designed for the complete destruction of fortifications, armoured vehicles and enemy manpower – obliterating humans in the vicinity.
It vaporises everything within a blast radius of 1,000ft, rupturing lungs and leaving no hope of survival with a blast temperature as high as 3,000°C.
Thermobaric ammunition has been described as “the most terrible conventional weapon in the world” and was described by retired US colonel David Johnson as a “poor man’s nuclear weapon”.
A new drone video shows Wagner men using the artillery version of the weapon to hit Ukrainian forces in Artemovsk and its suburbs, according to state media outlet RIA Novosti.
The weapon works by an explosive charge that opens a container and scatters a deadly fuel mixture as a deadly cloud.
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This incendiary mist penetrates any gaps in buildings or unsealed defences.
A second charge detonates the fuel cloud, triggering a huge fireball, a massive blast wave, and a vacuum which sucks up all surrounding oxygen.
Victims can die from the blast or the accompanying shock wave, while the subsequent vacuum ruptures people’s lungs.
Its warhead was produced in a secretive laboratory called the Institute of Applied Chemistry in Sergiev Posad, Moscow region.
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A source told Kremlin news outlet RIA FAN: “These weapons are considered the most terrible, there are no analogues in any country in the world.
“The Americans even tried to ban it, not because it really is a weapon of mass destruction, but because the Americans can't do anything like that.”
Earlier this week, leading defence expert Professor Anthony Glees told the Daily Star that it was time for someone to take Putin “to the cleaners”.
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He said: “Putin must be taken to the cleaners, whether by land, by sea or by air.
“He's a mad killer and must be neutralised.
“We need to give Putin the fright of his life. so we should immediately escalate by giving the equipment they need to the brave forces in Ukraine.
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“If he thinks his ghastly rockets will destroy the morale of the Ukrainian people, he's got another thing coming.”
Glees, who works at the University of Buckingham, has often called for stronger action from the world when it comes to taking on Putin, yet so far nothing has happened other than giving Ukraine defensive weapons.
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