Horror footage shows Russia using flesh-melting ‘thermite rain bombs’ that can burn to the bone in Ukraine

HORROR footage allegedly shows Russia is using killer flesh-melting thermite bombs that can burn through flesh down to the bone.

The terrifying video appears to show the night sky lit up by a chilling rain of sparkling, burning thermite, a killer chemical mixture.

The thermite was reportedly being fired by Russian Grad launchers using 9M22S incendiary rockets.

The clip, shared by various respected journalists in Ukraine, appears to have been filmed by a soldier in the National Guard unit in Donbas.

Journalist Euan MacDonald shared the footage and said in the caption: "Ukraine’s troops are facing some of the most savage, barbarous weapons ever devised.

"There’s no excuse not to quickly supply them with weapons to fight back with."


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Another journalist Illia Ponomarenko tweeted: "Thermite munitions used by Russia. Just imagine holding a line under this."

Thermite, a mixture of metal powder and metal oxide is used in the making of incendiary bombs.

It burns at temperatures of more than 2,400C – being so hot it can burn through steel and concrete.

And if it comes into contact with human flesh, it can melt through right down to the bone.

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Human Rights Watch previously warned the deadly weapon can cause extremely painful burns on the human skin and can lead to respiratory problems.

The bombs use is significantly dangerous as their wide area of range means they cannot be contained on the battlefield – and its effects could hit civilians.

The killer weapons were previously used by the Allies and Germans during the Second World War including in the bombing of Dresden in February 1945.

High-explosive bombs and incendiary devices were dropped on the city killing an estimated 25,000 people. 

The use of thermite as an incendiary weapon is nowadays considered a war crime.

Its use was banned by the third protocol of the 1980 UN Convention on Conventional Weapons in Geneva.

Russia was previously accused of using phosphorus bombs in its effort to take over the Mariupol steel plant Azovstal earlier this month.

Dramatic footage showed a Russian missile detonating mid-air above the plant with flaming explosives dropping down.

Ukrainian officials claimed the clip showed Russian forces dropping 9M22S incendiary and phosphorus bombs on the steelworks.

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Russia was also accused of using the killer weapons after footage emerged allegedly showing white phosphorous burning fiercely on the ground in the eastern city of Kramatorsk.

White phosphorous causes injuries and death by burning deep into the tissue, being inhaled as smoke and being ingested.

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