THIS is the horror moment Russia appeared to fire a hail of flesh-melting thermite bombs on a Ukrainian-held town.
The skies above Mar’inka were chillingly illuminated by the sinister shower of the killer chemical mixture in the shock video.
The town in the Donetsk region is said to have been "completely destroyed" in the latest desperate attack from Vladimir Putin.
Russian forces are believed to have been vying for revenge after brave Ukrainians managed to trump their advances.
Their embarrassing defeat in Mar’inka last year has seen them resort to cut-throat tactics to bring the town to its knees.
Shocking footage shared on Twitter by intelligence sources showed 18 seconds of terror raining down on the town.
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The sparkling, burning thermite lights up the night sky as it showers Mar’inka in the deadly concoction.
The terrifying substance is a mixture of metal powder and metal oxide that is used in the making of incendiary bombs.
It burns at temperatures of more than 2,400C – being so hot it can burn through steel and concrete.
And if it comes into contact with human flesh, it can melt through right down to the bone.
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It is believed to have been blasted over the depleted town by Putin's goons using 122mm 9M22S incendiary rockets.
Respected Ukrainian reporters also shared the footage on social media while condemning the merciless manoeuvre.
One claimed there is now "literally nothing left" in Mar’inka after the town was bombarded with shellings.
"Every house is so heavily damaged it can’t be repaired," they said.
"Russia now seems to be destroying every last piece (inside) to claim victory over some ruins. Incendiary ammo. War crimes."
Human Rights Watch previously warned the deadly weapon can cause extremely painful burns on the human skin and can lead to respiratory problems.
The bombs use is significantly dangerous as their wide area of range means they cannot be contained on the battlefield – and its effects could hit civilians.
The killer weapons were previously used by the Allies and Germans during the Second World War including in the bombing of Dresden in February 1945.
High-explosive bombs and incendiary devices were dropped on the city killing an estimated 25,000 people.
The use of thermite as an incendiary weapon is nowadays considered a war crime.
Its use was banned by the third protocol of the 1980 UN Convention on Conventional Weapons in Geneva.
It is not the first time Vladimir Putin has been accused of turning to the dangerous substance to save face in his ailing invasion.
Footage emerged in September last year of a similar attack on the Ozerne village in the Donetsk region, which had been liberated by Ukraine.
It came after an earlier thermite bombing on Mar’inka in August that was caught on camera, as well as one in May 2022.
Russia was also alleged to have used phosphorus bombs in its effort to take over the Mariupol steel plant Azovstal.
The bloodthirsty nation ambushed Ukraine with a string of massive strikes over the New Year.
Putin's sick troops even mockingly scrawled a festive message on one kamikaze drone sent crashing into Kyiv.
But Ukraine struck back and managed to wipe out hundreds of enemy soldiers as the President's annual speech aired.
Kremlin chiefs admitted at least 89 soldiers were killed in the strike, which happened just after midnight on New Year’s Day.
It makes the Russian leader's barmy order for a 36-hour ceasefire on the Ukraine frontline all the more confusing.
He has instructed his defence minister Sergei Shoigu to introduce a ceasefire regime along the entire line of contact from 12:00 on January 6 to 24:00 on January 7, the Kremlin reported.
The ceasefire will coincide with Orthodox Christmas celebrations which traditionally take place on January 7.
Shoigu called on Ukraine to mirror the ceasefire and allow combatants to attend Christmas services during the break.
But Ukraine has hit back at 'hypocrite' Vlad with a brutal response.
On Twitter President Zelensky's advisor, Mykhailo Podolyak wrote: "First. Ukraine does not attack foreign territory and does not kill the civilian population, as Russia does.
"Ukraine only destroys members of the occupation army on its territory… Second.
"The Russian Federation must leave the occupied territories – only then will a "temporary truce" begin.
"Leave the hypocrisy to yourself…"
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It remains unclear if Russia will stand by the proposed break in fighting.
There are fears the ceasefire could be an attempt by Vlad to amass more troops and move his military equipment into Belarus.
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