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Russia claims to have killed 300 Ukrainian soldiers with vacuum bomb, Kiev calls claims “nonsense”

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A top Russian army official claims that 300 Ukrainian soldiers have been killed after an attack with a so-called vacuum bomb. Kiev dismisses the claims as “absolute nonsense and propaganda”.

During a meeting with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, Colonel General Alexei Kim, the Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, said that some 300 Ukrainian soldiers had been killed “as a result of a precise attack with air munitions.” , the Russian Defense Ministry said on Saturday.

Kim did not specify where and when exactly the attack took place, but did describe the target as a stronghold of the ‘Kraken’, a special unit of the Ukrainian intelligence service. He also stated that the airstrike was carried out with a “volumetric bomb”, also known as a thermobaric weapon or vacuum bomb.

Such a bomb has been a controversial weapon since its first use in the 1960s. They are ruthless because they work in two ways. An initial explosion spreads a fine mist of explosive material, which can penetrate anywhere. When that cloud then ignites, it creates a large fireball, a huge pressure wave, and a vacuum that consumes all the oxygen in the environment.

“The extreme heat of the pressure wave lasts a lot longer than with regular bombs,” former Colonel Roger Housen previously explained in this newspaper. “They are very suitable for use against people in bunkers, tunnels, cellars and houses. First there is the heat wave that blows everything away, but then the oxygen is removed from survivors.”

Ukrainian Military Intelligence spokesman Andriy Yusov told CNN that the Russian claims were “absolute nonsense and propaganda,” as were Russian claims of killing 1,500 Ukrainian soldiers in the Kursk and Belgorod regions on Friday.

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The claims could not be independently verified.

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