A video from Ukraine’s news outlet NEXTA TV shows bomb disposal personnel defusing a massive Russian bomb using only their bare hands and a water bottle.
One of the two bomb squad members slowly unscrews the top of the explosive, while the other drips water on it, as explosions are heard in the background.
The men do not appear to be wearing any protective equipment other than bulletproof vests.
Bomb defusing process pic.twitter.com/AZeMaesE6K
— NEXTA (@nexta_tv) March 9, 2022
The 31-second clip, which has since been viewed more than 1.8 million times, was captioned simply with the words “bomb defusing process.”
Charles Lister, senior fellow and the director of the Syria and countering terrorism and extremism programs at the Middle East Institute, shared the video, describing the moment as an act of “mind boggling bravery.”
“This Russia-dropped bomb would flatten a building — and yet these Ukraine EODs defuse it with two hands and a bottle of water, while shells audibly land nearby,” Lister said. “Mind-boggling bravery.”
At least three killed after bomb hits children’s hospital in Mariupol, Ukraine
At least seventeen others were reportedly injured, some of whom included pregnant women.
“I’m absolutely sure they know about this facility and this is the third hospital that they are destroying in this city,” Sergei Orlov told the BBC.
He said a 300-bed hospital dedicated to treating Covid patients had been destroyed by artillery shelling the previous day, along with a blood-collection center in Mariupol.
“I’m absolutely sure (these are their) targets,” Orlov added.
Russia insists Ukrainian fighters had moved staff and patients out of the hospital and set up firing positions there.