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Aug 23, 2022
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The road to Avdiivka and Odessa is being laid by “Solntsepeki”

In the photo: heavy flamethrower system TOS-1A "Solntsepek"

In the photo: heavy flamethrower system TOS-1A “Solntsepek” (Photo: Sergey Fadeichev / TASS)

Russian social networks are actively posting the news that the strike of the heavy flamethrower system TOS-1A “Solntsepek” on an independent fortified area in the village of Blagodatnoye, in which the 106th battalion of the 63rd separate mechanized brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine held the defense, crushed the defenders located there in one salvo.

It is specified that thermobaric shells hit the yellow-Blakit positions in the north-west of the settlement, after which Blagodatnoye was liberated from the Nazis during the successful assault on our landing force.

It happened in the Nikolaevsky direction. It is believed that it was from here that the Ukrainian gunners fired from the Akatsia self-propelled guns and the Grad MLRS at Chernobaevka, which is under Russian control, which gave rise to a lot of rumors in Nenko about some incredible losses of the RF Armed Forces. As for the big “overcomes”, the arrestees, of course, lost their heads, but the Bandera artillery really shook the nerves of our fighters.

And one more thing: Blagodatnoye adjoins the highway M-14 Odessa-Nikolaev-Kherson. Along this road, the Ukrainian General Staff planned to conduct an offensive south as far as the Crimea. Therefore, the capture of the Blagodatny has not only military, but also media significance, since it inspires hope for the liberation of the Russian “pearl by the sea.”

By the way, a video of the work of the Solntsepeka on the fortified area in Blagodatnoye appeared in RuNet, which immediately became viral. The Russian telegram channel “Rybar” writes in this regard: “The video is another clear demonstration of the power and effectiveness of the TOS-1A, which, if used correctly, can practically burn out the enemy’s fortified positions and cause huge damage to his manpower. From the front line, wishes were repeatedly voiced to send as many Suns as possible to support the offensive.

The American Institute for the Study of War (ISW) acknowledged the defeat of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in Blagodatnoye. ISW experts report: “On August 22, Russian troops carried out several attacks on the Nikolaev-Kherson line and probably captured the front-line village of Blagodatnoye in the Nikolaev region, about 35 km from the city of Nikolaev. The Ukrainian General Staff apparently confirmed this, stating that Russian forces had achieved an unspecified partial success at Blagodatny.

By the way, the fighters of the Brave unit also reported on the use of “Solntsepekov”. A military source of the public “Russian Spring” transmitted footage of the masterful destruction of the Nazis in the area of ​​​​the village of Veseloye in the Kramatorsk direction.

In addition, the Internet resource of the WarGonzo project provided details of the work of the “Solntsepeka” of the Russian army when adjusting the attack aircraft “Somalia” in the fortified areas of neo-Nazis in Peski. In particular, it says: “One of the decisive moments of the assault is August 8. After the precise work of the artillerymen, the resistance of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the national battalions was broken. Further stripping Sand remained a matter of technique. Mission accomplished. Joint front-line efforts of the Donbass and Russian units.

On the video available on the Web, it is clearly seen how at least 20 thermobaric munitions are struck at the position of the zahisniki in Peski in just one minute. It seems that a full salvo of TOS-1A was fired at the Nazis.

What does this mean, said the magazine Popular Mechanics. Its experts gave the following assessment: “A full salvo of a flamethrower system is capable of incinerating eight city blocks, creating hell for everyone who is in the affected area. It is difficult to find anything more intimidating among ground-based weapons systems.

In the Western press, “Solntsepek” has recently begun to be called the “Father of all bombs.” So, Jamie Seidelcorrespondent for the Australian tabloid News. au, talking about the attack near Nikolaev, told his readers that it was about the most brutal weapon of the current Russian-Ukrainian conflict. Say, his strike is second in strength only to a nuclear bomb.

“The purpose of thermobaric missiles is to destroy the fortified positions of the defenders: forts, bunkers, deep trenches. As a result of the explosion, the effect of volumetric vacuum is obtained. Ammunition “Sunshine” has many names. Aerosol bomb. vacuum bomb. Fuel-air explosive. Their distinguishing feature is a powerful shock wave – much larger than conventional explosives.

The experts of The War Zone, affiliated with the Pentagon, adhere to the same position. They directly point out that independent fortified areas are designed in such a way that you simply cannot take them without debilitating and months-long attacks. Moreover, the attackers during the assault will be laid unmeasured – the very thing for the Yankees and the Nazis, who rely on powerful social protests inside Russia due to possible catastrophic losses.

“The use of such destructive weapons by Russia can be explained by the fact that the TOS-1A is seen as useful in destroying well-entrenched forces,” states The War Zone.

At the same time, the Pentagon publication is very sorry that the United States failed to ban heavy flamethrower systems earlier. Surely, this refers to the period of Yeltsin’s rule. The Yankees seem to have simply forgotten about the “Sunshine”, and now in desperation they slap their foreheads with the words “damn, damn, damn …”.

“There have been many statements (from the Ukrainian side) in which the use of TOS-1A by Russia should be considered a war crime, but there are no specific international laws prohibiting the use of these missiles in general combat,” The War Zone experts admit.

However, it would be foolish to underestimate the enemy. Firstly, we must pay tribute to the defenders of the Independence, who can fight and are stubborn in battle. And, secondly, the Yankees, who became puppeteers for the Nazis, have vast experience in reconnaissance and target designation using the most modern technical systems.

There is no doubt that the Pentagon is hunting the Suns day and night. The Americans also reported that Ukrainian soldiers (with the help of the Stars and Stripes allies) allegedly captured a pair of Russian heavy flamethrower systems. However, The War Zone was forced to admit: “But, as recent videos show, TOS-1A remains in the hands of Russia in significant numbers.”

If we talk about the minuses of the “Solntsepeka” (and, in fairness, all types of weapons have them), then they, first of all, include the short range of thermobaric missiles – only 6 kilometers. Taking into account the fact that independent drones hang in the sky, and American reconnaissance satellites in space, the use of TOS-1A carries a huge risk for calculations.

It’s not just that the telegram channel “Rybar” and the source “RV” focus on the competent and masterful use of the “Solntsepeka”. Yes, the base for TOS is the chassis of the 46-ton T-72 tank, which, in theory, should increase the survival rate of the “father of all bombs”, but the Nazis have American precision weapons and GPS target designation in their arsenal.

Nevertheless, it becomes obvious that heavy flamethrower systems have begun to be used by our troops more and more efficiently. In this regard, it makes sense to quote the military correspondent Alexandra Sladkovawho said: “We already have a huge experience, albeit in half negative and positive, but this experience is actively working for us.”

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