Podolyak: A thermobaric explosion was carried out in Yelenovka | News from Germany about Ukraine | DW

On the 158th day of the full-scale Russia’s military invasion of UkraineRussian troops continue to try to capture the settlements of the neighboring country. The armed forces and units of the territorial defense of Ukraine resist aggression. It is impossible to verify the statements of representatives of both sides of the conflict from independent sources. According to the UN, about 14 million Ukrainians have already left their homes. DW continues to monitor developments Sunday, July 31 (Moscow time).


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Dad Roman Francis called for an end to military violence in Ukraine and for negotiations on concrete steps towards peace. In view of the destruction and damage caused daily by war, both in Ukraine and around the world, “the only reasonable thing” is to “stop the violence and negotiate,” the pontiff said. According to him, “concrete steps towards peace” are needed. He prays for the “attacked and tortured Ukrainian people,” added Francis.


Analysis of images of Volnovakha penal colony No. 120 in the village Yelenovka Volnovakha district of Donetsk region, where Ukrainian prisoners of war died, shows that there was a “thermobaric explosion from the inside.” This version was voiced on Twitter by Mikhail Podolyak, adviser to the head of the office of the Ukrainian president. According to him, it follows from the pictures that only one building was damaged. In addition, the prisoners were transferred there right before the attack, writes Podolyak. In his opinion, we are talking about a “terrorist attack.”

Thermobaric weapons are included in the class of volumetric explosion weapons. It includes an explosive based on a fuel-air explosive mixture. According to Sam Crannie-Evans, an analyst at the Royal United Services Institute, such an explosion causes a huge thermal release, as well as devastating consequences as a result of a long pressure phase.

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