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Ukrainian border guards fire Russian quarter-ton cluster bomb

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Ukrainian border guards detonated a Russian cluster bomb in the Donetsk region, which was intercepted without causing an explosion, the state border guard reported via Telegram.

The bomb was made safe by the anti-aircraft guards of the Offensive Guard Brigade “Revenge”.

The ZU-32-2 team caught the wings of the 250mm bomb cartridge and allowed it to fall without detonating, the report details. The ZU-23-2 is a Soviet-era twin 23 mm anti-aircraft gun designed to attack air targets at an altitude of up to 2.5 kilometers and lightly armored targets at a distance of up to 2 kilometers (1, 2 miles).

“After the inspection, the engineers were able to safely detonate the bomb due to the ongoing danger,” the report continued.

The Kyiv Post could not independently verify the location and time of the video.

The RBK-250, a single bomb cassette, is a cluster bomb weighing 273 kilograms (602 pounds) with a caliber of 250 mm. It contains 150 AO-1 fragmentation munitions with a total warhead weight of 150 kilograms (331 pounds). This bomb covers an area of ​​4,800 square meters and can be mounted on Su-17 fighter-bombers and Mi-24 helicopters.

These bombs were used by fighter-bombers, attack aircraft and helicopters during the Afghan and Chechen wars. In three weeks, the Soviet Air Force dropped 416 of these cluster bombs during Operation Volna in 1985.

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During the operation, SSO fighters also wounded four Russian soldiers and damaged two infantry fighting vehicles and an armored personnel carrier.

Human Rights Watch reported that the Russian Air Force used this type of bomb in the August 2008 bombing of Gori, Georgia. However, the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces denies the use of cluster munitions in this war.