russians Wanted to Slow Down Ukraine's Offensive with TOS-1 Heavy Flamethrowers, But 'Something Went Wrong'

TOS-1 "Buratino" MLRS / Archive photo
TOS-1 "Buratino" MLRS / Archive photo

The Kremlin has so far stopped at the stage of "denial" when it comes to the success of the counteroffensive launched by the Armed Forces of Ukraine, despite having lost an entire airborne assault regiment

In a new report, the Defense Intelligence of Ukraine described the operational situation in the Kharkiv and Kherson directions. In particular, as noted, russians tried to stop the advance of Ukrainian forces using the TOS-1 "Buratino" heavy flamethrower systems, i.e. thermobaric MLRS.

But these efforts were unsuccessful, the occupation forces retreated – disorganized, and without proper logistical support. Some of the russian military run for the hills on their own feet, some others use bikes or motorbikes stolen from local civilians.

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russian BMP-2M with a "Berezhok" combat module which became a trophy for the Armed Forces of Ukraine / Photo credit: OSINT researcher Arslon-Xudosi

The 202nd separate motorized rifle regiment of the russian army even chose to take it to the woods, literally. The soldiers fled their positions for the nearby forest, and lost communication with commanders and comrades. Some of them are trying to get in touch with the "Red Cross" through their wives and relatives, in search of rescue.

In order to maintain their positions in the Dnipropetrovsk region, russian occupiers brought some non-combat capable reinforcement – new recruits aged 55-60 years. This episode caused dissatisfaction with the local command of the russian army.

In the Kherson region, the local command received a more capable reinforcement, which, however, refused to go into battle. Moreover, in its evening summary, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine noted that the Russian army has already raised army helicopters to search for deserters in the Kherson region who escaped with weapons. Also, civilian buses carrying unarmed soldiers of the russian army heading towards the temporarily occupied Crimea were detected.

Mi-8 helicopters of the russian army
Mi-8 helicopters of the russian army / Archive photo

Meanwhile, the 227th Airborne Assault Regiment of the Russian Army ceased to exist completely.

But this by no means "sobered" the Kremlin. On the contrary, russian propaganda continues to insist that there is no Ukrainian counteroffensive taking place at all, and that all of the evidence is staged.

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