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Brave Ukrainians Seen Disabling Bomb With Their Bare Hands And A Water Bottle

Rachel Lang

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Brave Ukrainians Seen Disabling Bomb With Their Bare Hands And A Water Bottle

Ukrainian explosive disposal specialists have been praised for an incredible act of bravery after they disarmed a Russian bomb using only their bare hands and a bottle of water.

In footage released on social media, the weapons experts can be seen risking their lives to save others as they carefully pull apart the explosive.

The video shows them carefully working to disarm the Russian weapon as other shells are heard falling nearby.

Their incredible act has caught serious attention online.

Charles Lister, senior fellow and the Director of the Syria and Countering Terrorism and Extremism programs at the Middle East Institute, described the bomb as being so powerful it could 'flatten a building'.

He went on to praise the pair of explosive ordnance disposal specialists for their 'mind boggling bravery'.

Sky News journalist Nick Stylianou also shared the footage to his Twitter account, explaining what the two specialists were doing with the bottle of water.

"The water is to prevent static discharge," he said. "Steady hands, nerves of steel."

While the men in the video are being praised for their stunning act of bravery, others have wondered why they put themselves at such a risk.

"[A] second year engineering student can build a robot with a camera and a rotation mechanism with some watering mechanism," one person commented. "Why do we risk human lives?"

Many users seemed to agree - but his question was swiftly answered by another Twitter user, who identified themselves as a senior robotics engineer.

The video has so far amassed nearly one million views on social media, and was released hours after Russia admitted to using thermobaric rockets 'that can rupture lungs' in its attack on Ukraine.

Unlike conventional bombs, thermobaric weapons suck in oxygen from the surrounding air to create a high-temperature explosion.

In a post shared on Twitter, the UK's MoD wrote: "The Russian MoD has confirmed the use of the TOS-1A weapon system in Ukraine. The TOS-1A uses thermobaric rockets, creating incendiary and blast effects."

Back in February, The Telegraph reported that officials voiced serious concern that Putin would resort to the use of such weaponry. One official said they were 'very concerned at the attitude [Russian forces] would adopt' if the Ukraine resistance continued to thwart their plans.

If you would like to donate to the Red Cross Emergency Appeal, which will help provide food, medicines and basic medical supplies, shelter and water to those in Ukraine, click here for more information.

Featured Image Credit: Nexta/Twitter

Rachel Lang
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