Russia likely used Shmel to kill Ukrainian POWs in Olenivka – Azov commander

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Speaking to Ukrainska Pravda, acting commander of Azov Regiment Mykyta Nadtochiy said that a Shmel thermobaric flamethrower to kill Ukrainian POWs in Olenivka prison, on Russian-occupied territory.

“In a second, oxygen is completely burned out, and a person burns in a matter of seconds…It was simoly planned. This is evidenced by the fact that not a single worker of the colony was injured there, which is impossible… You saw the video – there are buildings standing nearby, they have intact windows. That’s impossible [in the case of a missile strike]. The blast wave from a projectile or rocket does not leave windows intact when the buildings are so close,” he said of the Russian allegation that the prison was struck by Ukrainian-operated HIMARS MLRS.

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Manufactured by Tula (now KDB), the RPO-A Shmel (“Bumblebee”) is a Russian man-portable thermobaric weapon, designed to give infantry an equalizer against enemy forces holed-up in buildings and fortified structures.

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