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Ukraine War: Video Shows Incendiary Munitions Being Dropped on Azovstal steelworks

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Screenshot from Twitter of attacks on Mariupol.

Videos Offer Insight Into Russian Assault on Azovstal – Petro Andriushchenko, an advisor to the Mayor of Mariupol, Ukraine said this week that Russian troops deployed either incendiary ammunition or phosphorous on Ukrainian soldiers defending the Azovstal steelworks in the city.

Video footage of the incendiary munitions being fired in Ukraine was also shared online.

“Mariupol. Azovstal. New attacks: from land, sea, and air,” Andriushchenko said. “Yesterday the occupiers deployed incendiary or phosphorous bombs against Mariupol Defenders for the first time (we will let experts determine the exact type of ammunition deployed).”

Russian forces claim that they had used 9M22C incendiary projectiles in Ukraine, a form of munition that reach temperatures of up to 2,500ºC and cause fires that are virtually impossible to put out.

The 9M22S incendiary missiles are understood to have been launched from a BM-21 Grad multiple rocket launcher system.

The video footage shows bright, glowing material being fired from the air at the steel plant, before floating to the ground.

How 9M22S Rockets Work

Russia’s 122mm 9M22S is an incendiary, electrically initiated surface-to-surface rocket. The munition is fired from truck-mounted multiple rocket launcher systems and is usually used against flammable targets or when aimed specifically at personnel.

The rocket can be fitted with other kinds of warheads, which include chemicals, smoke, and submunitions.

In the Azovstal attacks, the warhead is believed to have been fitted with ML-5 magnesium cups that are filled with thermite. Each cup has a burn time of more than two minutes.

Thermite is a mixture of metal oxide and metal power. Once ignited, the material undergoes a chemical reaction that generates a tremendous amount of heat. Ignited thermite can easily burn though metal and cause fires.

Additional Footage Shows Russian Bomber Targeting Azovstal, Ukraine

Other footage shared online appears to show the inside of a Russian Su-24 bomber as it attacked the Azovstal steel plant. In the 10-second-long clip, viewers get a very short glimpse of the fighter jet’s cockpit.

The camera spins around and then appears to show the rear of the plane.

Footage also taken from the air, apparently from an Inokhodets UCAV, also shows Russian missiles being launched at the Azovstal plant. The Inokhodets UCAV is a kind of Russian unmanned aerial vehicle first introduced in 2020. Fewer than 30 drones have been made and are presently used only by the Russian military.

Jack Buckby is a British author, counter-extremism researcher, and journalist based in New York. Reporting on the U.K., Europe, and the U.S., he works to analyze and understand left-wing and right-wing radicalization, and reports on Western governments’ approaches to the pressing issues of today. His books and research papers explore these themes and propose pragmatic solutions to our increasingly polarized society.

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Jack Buckby is a British author, counter-extremism researcher, and journalist based in New York. Reporting on the U.K., Europe, and the U.S., he works to analyze and understand left-wing and right-wing radicalization, and reports on Western governments’ approaches to the pressing issues of today. His books and research papers explore these themes and propose pragmatic solutions to our increasingly polarized society.

9 Comments

9 Comments

  1. Alex

    May 15, 2022 at 6:16 pm

    Great news. It’s time to crush the Bandera rats. Glory to the Ukrainians!

  2. Tom

    May 15, 2022 at 6:21 pm

    If you are tired of the lying Russian trolls you can express your views to: [email protected]

    I’m sure the owner of the website is more interested in selling advertising and growing the website rather than running off viewers who generate income from advertisers. Some advertisers probably are not interested in paying to give Russian propaganda a platform.

  3. Alex

    May 15, 2022 at 6:35 pm

    People from all over the world tell the truth and no lies and propaganda will shut their mouths:

    “Amazing”: German journalist Thomas Röper spoke about the attitude of Ukrainians towards Russians in the liberated territories.

    German journalist Thomas Röper spoke about the attitude of Ukrainians towards Russians in the liberated territories. He noted that the Ukrainians complained to him only about the soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, and not about the Russian military, which seemed to him “amazing.”

    Roper visited the liberated territories of Donbass and said that residents of Melitopol and Volnovakha complained that they were robbed, tortured and killed by Ukrainian soldiers.

    “I asked people about the behavior of Russian and Ukrainian soldiers and was surprised that only Ukrainians were engaged in robbery, especially before the retreat,” the journalist said.

    According to Reper, civilians noted that the Russian military behaved correctly and tried to help them, which cannot be said about the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

    “I expected that there would be at least some complaints about the Russians, but I was wrong. Amazing! Even in Volnovakha, a city smaller than Mariupol and also completely destroyed. When retreating from there, the Armed Forces of Ukraine deliberately fired at the hospital from tanks,” the journalist said.

    Earlier, residents of Mariupol spoke about the horrendous conditions in which they had to exist. According to them, they ate pigeons and drank water from the pool, and the fighters of the national battalions took away food from them.

    • h

      May 16, 2022 at 2:51 am

      The Russians have engaged in wanton destruction of schools, hospitals and residential areas, as well as killing and raping civilians, and looting anything not bolted down.

      Paid Russian trolls such as yourself then claim to be acting in self defence, responding to oppression, and label heroic patriots defending their land from invasion by the Russian army as “Russophobes”, “Nazis” or “Banderites”.

      Talk about blaming the victim, jeeze….

  4. Error403

    May 16, 2022 at 5:43 am

    Russian forces should just drop gasoline bombs on the neo-nazi motherfuckers inside the steel plant. Why waste shells and missiles on them.

    • mcswell

      May 16, 2022 at 1:30 pm

      Because the Ruskies are already short on gasoline and other fuels for their vehicles, thanks to the Ukrainians targeting the Russian supply lines. Remember the 40km convoy north of Kyiv?

  5. John

    May 16, 2022 at 10:11 am

    In the course of a special operation in Ukraine, documentary evidence was obtained that in the immediate vicinity of the Russian borders, in fact, components of biological weapons were created. In violation of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention. Possible methods and mechanisms for destabilizing the epidemiological situation in the post-Soviet space were worked out.
    The Parliamentary Commission on Biolaboratories received confirmation of non-compliance by the United States and Ukraine with a ban on the development of bioweapons.
    Evidence has already been obtained in terms of non-compliance by the United States and Ukraine with their obligations to comply with the UN Convention on the Prohibition of the Development of Bioweapons.
    The Commission on Biolaboratories has begun analyzing the reports of the United States and Ukraine for 5 years on the implementation of the Convention on Bioweapons, in addition, the facts of providing false information by Washington and Kyiv to the Secretariat of the Conference on Bioweapons have been established.
    Consideration of these issues (about biolaboratories) will be held at the UN Security Council. The US authorities are obliged to answer many questions.
    Facts have been established that both the United States and Ukraine provided incomplete or inaccurate information. So there is a complete concealment in the reports of information on biological programs with the support of the US Department of Defense in Ukraine. All reports from Ukraine report a lack of national biosecurity research and development programs.
    1. In a number of cases, information on outbreaks of infectious diseases was not provided, which is a mandatory requirement.
    2. There were no reports of the participation of military personnel in the work of laboratories, as well as the facts of the transfer of biomaterials, funding of facilities and programs by the military departments.
    For example, in 2019, as part of a Pentagon program, two laboratories were built in Kyiv and Odessa for the State Service for Food Safety and Consumer Protection. The answer to the question why the United States needs secret military laboratories in Ukraine, which are not reported in the BTWC reports, is certainly related to the nature of research in the United States.
    There is also evidence of biological weapons research on patients in Ukrainian psychiatric hospitals.
    It is obvious that the Ukrainians were used in the same way as the Third Reich used at one time.

    • mcswell

      May 16, 2022 at 1:31 pm

      Wrong. No such “documentary evidence”, nor any other evidence, much less “facts”.

      • John

        May 17, 2022 at 8:46 am

        Everything is there, baby, be patient.

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