- Sputnik International, 1920, 25.02.2022
Russia's Special Operation in Ukraine
On February 24, 2022 Russia launched a special military operation in Ukraine, aiming to liberate the Donbass region where the people's republics of Donetsk and Lugansk had been living under regular attacks from Kiev's forces.

Watch Russia’s Solntsepyok Flamethrower Incinerate Ukrainian Strongholds Near Chasov Yar

Russia's TOS-1A Solntsepyok (lit. “Scorching Sunlight”) is a powerful and devastating multiple rocket launcher system designed to deliver a high volume of high-explosive incendiary (HEI) rockets capable of causing massive damage to enemy forces and infrastructure.
The Russian Defense Ministry has released footage showing TOS-1A Solntsepyok heavy flamethrower system crews from the Ivanovo Airborne Troops destroying Ukrainian strongholds on the outskirts of Chasov Yar, the ministry said.

"Crews of the TOS-1A Solntsepyok heavy flamethrower systems of the Ivanovo paratroopers destroyed fortified infantry positions of the Ukrainian Armed Forces on the outskirts of Chasov Yar. The successful work of our heavy flamethrower systems allowed the assault groups of the Ivanovo paratroopers to occupy and clear the Ukrainian Armed Forces strongholds with minimal losses," the ministry said.

Chasov Yar is located 15 kilometers (9 miles) west of the city of Artemovsk.
Earlier, Yan Gagin, an adviser to acting DPR Head Denis Pushilin, said that the Russian Armed Forces had entered the suburbs of the city of Chasov Yar in the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), which has been heavily fortified and mined over the past year.
Ukrainian soldiers look out with a self-propelled howitzer in Chasov Yar. File photo - Sputnik International, 1920, 03.05.2024
Why Chasov Yar's Fall Could Become Turning Point in Ukraine Conflict
The city of Chasov Yar is strategically important due to its location on a dominant height, allowing control over the path to the largest agglomeration in Donbass still under Ukrainian control - the Slavyansk-Kramatorsk area and Konstantinovka.
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