Ukrainian armed forces have reportedly captured a Russian rocket launcher capable of firing thermobaric rockets.
They are one of the most deadly non-nuclear weapons and have been used by Russia during the week-long invasion of Russia.
The capture of the TOS-1A is more evidence of the struggles that Russia faces as they’ve come up against fierce Ukrainian resistance.
Thermobaric rockets work by using two explosive devices, creating a high-temperature explosion that sucks oxygen from the surrounding air. They’re banned under the Geneva Conventions.
The TOS-1A can be mounted on a T-72 tank chassis and are just one type of heavy artillery that has been spotted entering Ukraine.
The TOS-1A was left with 24 spare rockets and 400 litres of fuel.
The news comes as the UAE announced it was ending visa-free travel between the UAE and Ukraine.
The Ukrainian embassy in Abu Dhabi said that both the UAE and Ukraine have mutually agreed to cancel visa-free travel from March 1.
The UAE said it was a normal procedure during ‘unforeseen crises.’
There are estimated to be around 15,000 Ukrainians living in the UAE. But the UAE has said the latest development does not affect Ukrainian residents living in the UAE.
“Regarding citizens of Ukraine who arrived in the UAE for tourist purposes and were unable to return to Ukraine due to the beginning of the armed aggression of the Russian Federation, the Embassy will further inform.”