Heroic Ukrainians disable bomb using their bare hands and a water bottle

Ukrainian explosive specialists have been recorded using only their bare hands and a bottle of water to diffuse a Russian bomb in yet another act of defiance and bravery.

Charles Lister, senior fellow and the Director of the Syria and Countering Terrorism and Extremism programs at the Middle East Institute, described the bomb as being so powerful it could 'flatten a building'.

Even still, the two men pull apart the bomb as other explosives can be heard falling nearby, in the footage circulating widely online.

"Mind boggling bravery," Lister added.

Sky News journalist Nick Stylianou said the water one man was pouring on the bomb was to prevent 'static discharge'.

"Steady hands, nerves of steel," he added.

The news comes as the Russian MoD has confirmed the use of the TOS-1A weapon system in Ukraine.

The TOS-1A uses thermobaric rockets, creating incendiary and blast effects, according to the Ministry of Defence. Reports say these weapons 'can rupture lungs'.

Back in February, The Telegraph reported that officials voiced serious concerns that Russian President Vladimir Putin would resort to the use of such weapons.

One official said they were 'very concerned at the attitude [Russian forces] would adopt' if the Ukraine resistance continued to thwart their invasion.

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Earlier this week Russia was criticised for the 'barbaric bombardment' of a residential area in Sumy, Ukraine with "500-kilogram bombs" that left 21 people dead, including two children.

Ukraine's Centre for Strategic Communications and Information Security said that Russia had committed a 'war crime' for bombing the neighbourhood.

Footage taken at the scene of the shelling shows the devastating aftermath of the attack, with small bodies being pulled from the rubble.

A video of the scene, too graphic to show, was shared to Twitter by Ukraine's Ambassador to Austria, Olexander Scherba, who described it as a 'barbaric bombardment'.

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