Russia Appears to Blitz Ukraine Positions With Thermobaric Warheads

The Russian Armed Forces apparently blasted Ukrainian positions with thermobaric warheads as Ukraine's Defense Ministry called on NATO to urgently supply the country with similar weapons.

The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense said the Russians used a TOS-1 multiple rocket launcher to strike at Ukrainian targets near Novomykhailivka in the eastern region of Donetsk Oblast.

The 30-barrel or 24-barrel multiple rocket launcher, mounted on a T-72 tank chassis, is capable of firing thermobaric warheads, a type of explosive that uses oxygen in the surrounding area to generate a high-temperature blast.

Thermobaric Warheads
In this combination photo, A Russian TOS-1A shelled Ukrainian positions near Novomykhailivka, Donetsk region, in Ukraine in May 2022. A Russian TOS-1A Solntsepyok (Sunheat) heavy flame throwing launcher (Inset) fires during the Army-2015 show at a shooting range in Alabino, outside of Moscow, Russia. @DEFENCEU/ZENGER/Ivan Sekretarev/AP

Ukraine also called Russia's invasion the "largest and most horrific war of the 21st century" and appealed to NATO to supply Ukrainians with similar Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (MLRS) as soon as possible.

The Ukrainian Defense Ministry said Thursday: "Russian TOS-1s shelling Ukrainian positions near Novomykhailivka, Donetsk region.

"This is what the largest and most horrific war of the 21st century looks like. Ukraine is ready to strike back. To do this, we need NATO-style MLRS [Multiple Launch Rocket Systems]. Immediately!"

In other developments, Ukrainian officials said Russian forces have attacked more than 40 towns in the eastern Donbas region.

They added that five civilians died, 12 were wounded and 47 civilian sites were destroyed or damaged in the latest attacks.

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree Wednesday that makes it easier for Ukrainians in occupied areas to become citizens of Russia.

Russia has also done away with the upper age limit for contractual service in its military.

Ukraine has called Russia's offer to lift the blockade of its Black Sea ports in return for the lifting of some sanctions "blackmail."

The blockade has led to shortages in wheat and cooking oil across the world.

Russian troops invaded Ukraine on February 24 in what the Kremlin is still calling a "special military operation."

May 26 marks the 92nd day of the war.

From February 24 to May 26, the total combat losses of Russian troops stand at around 29,600 personnel, according to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

The Ukrainian military also claims that Russia has lost 1,315 tanks, 3,235 armored fighting vehicles, 617 artillery systems, 201 multiple launch rocket systems, 93 anti-aircraft systems, 206 warplanes, 170 helicopters, 2,225 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, 13 vessels, 502 unmanned aerial vehicles, 47 units of special equipment, and 114 cruise missiles.

This story was provided to Newsweek by Zenger News.