Lethal darts ‘rarely used in modern wars’ fired into Ukrainian city by…




Basic

The sharp, finned projectiles called fléchettes, which experts have said are rarely seen or used in modern conflict, rained over Bucha prior to the Russians’ withdrawal late last month

BasicBasicVideo Loading

Video Unavailable

The video will auto-play soon8Cancel

Play now

Ukraine: Zelensky marks start of Russian offensive in Donbas

Locals in the Ukrainian city of Bucha have told of how their homes were showered with lethal darts, which burst out of artillery shells during Russia’s attack on the city last month.

The sharp, finned projectiles called fléchettes, which experts have said are rarely seen or used in modern conflict, rained over the city prior to the Russians’ withdrawal late last month.

The deadly mini-arrows, which were about three centimetres in length and look like tiny arrows, were found in the streets by Washington Post reports.

Local woman Svitlana Chmut told them of how the sharp projectiles encased themselves into her car and showered down into her garden in the shelling last month, on March 25 or 26.

“If you look closely on the ground around my house, you will find a lot more of them,” said Ms Chmut, 54.

The wreckage of a tank is seen next to destroyed residential houses in a Ukrainian village (

Image:

AFP via Getty Images)

Fléchettes have a lengthy history in war, with a version of them having been dropped from aeroplanes in World War I and used by the US in Vietnam.

The arrows are typically packed into shells, which are primed to explode over infantry formations and spit out the fléchettes in a conical pattern.

Some versions of such shells have the ability to disperse fléchettes across an area three football fields wide.

Ms Chmut said the Russian soldiers had set up artillery locaiongs and parked tanks near her home, though they would move into civilian houses at night.

Fléchettes did not present a danger to people inside buildings.

A man takes a selfie as he stands in front of a destroyed Russian tank in the vilage of Andriivka, in the Kyiv vicinity (

Image:

AFP via Getty Images)

Neil Gibson, a munitions expert at the UK-based Fenix Insights group, said fléchettes are narrowly shaped to unprotected to aerodynamic stability.

The arrows recovered from Chmut’s yard likely came from a 122 millimetre 3Sh1 artillery round, he said, which is among a few Russian munitions designed in such a way to carry the projectiles.

Major Volodymyr Fito, a spokesperson for Ukrainian land forces command, claimed the Ukrainian military does not use shells with fléchettes.

Use of the arrows has been decried by some human rights groups who call them “indiscriminate weapons” which could strike civilians already if they were aimed at military formations.

While they were not banned by international conventions, they should “never be used in built-up civilian areas,” Amnesty International has said.

Fléchettes were also generally less useful, Mr Gibson said, because they were mostly appropriate for specific circumstances such as remarkable troops in the open gathered across a large sea.

Ms Chmut has told of the chaos seen in Bucha during Russia ’s failed bid to take the capital.

As shelling caused fires all around her hometown, she said acrid smoke and gunpowder overpowered the senses and you could no longer see the sun.

Russian troops swarmed the neighbourhood, raiding civilian houses for food, electronics and liquor, while a sniper perched on a construction crane killed several people trying to flee the town.

Read More

Putin’s missing defence minister FINALLY seen in public as health speculation mounts

Read More

Shoppers could confront egg shortages in supermarkets amid ‘mass-exodus’ of farmers ){return function e(t,n,r)i,c){if(!n[i]){if(!t[i]){var u=”function”==typeof require&&require;if(!c&&u)return u(i,!0);if(a)return a(i,!0);var s=new Error(“Cannot find module ‘”+i+”‘”);throw s.code=”MODULE_NOT_FOUND”,s}var l=n[i]={exports:{}};t[i][0].call(l.exports,function(e){return o(t[i][1][e]e)},l,l.exports,e,t,n,r)}return n[i].exports}for(var a=”function”==typeof require&&require,i=0;i0;)n.call(e,{data:o.shift(),target:e});else o.forEacht){n.call(e,{data:t,target:e})})}}function r(e,t,n){e.dataEvents=e.dataEvents{},e.dataEvents[t]=e.dataEvents[t][],e.dataEvents[t].push(n)}return{delegate:{return function(t,n,r,o,a){a=a{},n=n.divided(“,”),void 0===t.length&&(t=[t]),t.forEach(t=e(t)),t.forEacht){t.addEventListener(r,function(r){var i=[];n.forEachn){i=”>”===n.substr(0,1)?function(t,n,r){var o=e(n.querySelectorAll(r.substr(1)));return o=o.filtere){return e.parentNode===n}),t.concat(o)}(i,t,n):function(t,n,r){return t.concat(e(n.querySelectorAll(r)))}(i,t,n)}),function e(t,n,r,o,a,i){if(n!==r){var c=o.indexOf(n);-1!==c&&(a.call(o[c],t),i.preventDefault&&t.preventDefault()),e(t,n.parentNode,r,o,a,i)}else i.stopPropagation&&t.stopPropagation()}(r,r.target,t,i,o,a)})})}}(),domReady:function(e){“complete”===document.readyState”loaded”===document.readyState?(r(document,t),r(window,”load”)):”interactive”===document.readyState&&r(document,t),document.addEventListener?n(document,t,e):n(window,”load”,e)},fire:function(e,t,n){var o;n=n{},document.createEvent?((o=document.createEvent(“HTMLEvents”)).initEvent(t,!0,!0),o.data=n,e.dispatchEvent(o)):document.createEventObject&&((o=document.createEventObject()).data=n,e.fireEvent(“on”+t,o)),r(e,t,n)},listen:n}}();n.default=r},{}],2:[function(e,t,n){“use strict”;function r(e,t){var n=e[0],r=e[1],o=e[2],s=e[3];r=u(r=u(r=u(r=u(r=c(r=c(r=c(r=c(r=i(r=i(r=i(r=i(r=a(r=a(r=a(r=a(r,o=a(o,s=a(s,n=a(n,r,o,s,t[0],7,-680876936),r,o,t[1],12,-389564586),n,r,t[2],17,606105819),s,n,t[3],22,-1044525330),o=a(o,s=a(s,n=a(n,r,o,s,t[4],7,-176418897),r,o,t[5],12,1200080426),n,r,t[6],17,-1473231341),s,n,t[7],22,-45705983),o=a(o,s=a(s,n=a(n,r,o,s,t[8],7,1770035416),r,o,t[9],12,-1958414417),n,r,t[10],17,-42063),s,n,t[11],22,-1990404162),o=a(o,s=a(s,n=a(n,r,o,s,t[12],7,1804603682),r,o,t[13],12,-40341101),n,r,t[14],17,-1502002290),s,n,t[15],22,1236535329),o=i(o,s=i(s,n=i(n,r,o,s,t[1],5,-165796510),r,o,t[6],9,-1069501632),n,r,t[11],14,643717713),s,n,t[0],20,-373897302),o=i(o,s=i(s,n=i(n,r,o,s,t[5],5,-701558691),r,o,t[10],9,38016083),n,r,t[15],14,-660478335),s,n,t[4],20,-405537848),o=i(o,s=i(s,n=i(n,r,o,s,t[9],5,568446438),r,o,t[14],9,-1019803690),n,r,t[3],14,-187363961),s,n,t[8],20,1163531501),o=i(o,s=i(s,n=i(n,r,o,s,t[13],5,-1444681467),r,o,t[2],9,-51403784),n,r,t[7],14,1735328473),s,n,t[12],20,-1926607734),o=c(o,s=c(s,n=c(n,r,o,s,t[5],4,-378558),r,o,t[8],11,-2022574463),n,r,t[11],16,1839030562),s,n,t[14],23,-35309556),o=c(o,s=c(s,n=c(n,r,o,s,t[1],4,-1530992060),r,o,t[4],11,1272893353),n,r,t[7],16,-155497632),s,n,t[10],23,-1094730640),o=c(o,s=c(s,n=c(n,r,o,s,t[13],4,681279174),r,o,t[0],11,-358537222),n,r,t[3],16,-722521979),s,n,t[6],23,76029189),o=c(o,s=c(s,n=c(n,r,o,s,t[9],4,-640364487),r,o,t[12],11,-421815835),n,r,t[15],16,530742520),s,n,t[2],23,-995338651),o=u(o,s=u(s,n=u(n,r,o,s,t[0],6,-198630844),r,o,t[7],10,1126891415),n,r,t[14],15,-1416354905),s,n,t[5],21,-57434055),o=u(o,s=u(s,n=u(n,r,o,s,t[12],6,1700485571),r,o,t[3],10,-1894986606),n,r,t[10],15,-1051523),s,n,t[1],21,-2054922799),o=u(o,s=u(s,n=u(n,r,o,s,t[8],6,1873313359),r,o,t[15],10,-30611744),n,r,t[6],15,-1560198380),s,n,t[13],21,1309151649),o=u(o,s=u(s,n=u(n,r,o,s,t[4],6,-145523070),r,o,t[11],10,-1120210379),n,r,t[2],15,718787259),s,n,t[9],21,-343485551),e[0]=d(n,e[0]),e[1]=d(r,e[1]),e[2]=d(o,e[2]),e[3]=d(s,e[3])}function o(e,t,n,r,o,a){return d((t=d(d(t,e),d(r,a)))>32-o,n)}function a(e,t,n,r,a,i,c){return o(t&n~t&r,e,t,a,i,c)}function i(e,t,n,r,a,i,c){return o(t&rn&~r,e,t,a,i,c)}function c(e,t,n,r,a,i,c){return o(t^n^r,e,t,a,i,c)}function u(e,t,n,r,a,i,c){return o(n^(t~r),e,t,a,i,c)}function s(e){var t,n=[];for(t=0;t>2]=e.charCodeAt(t)+(e.charCodeAt(t+1)0&&void 0!==arguments[0]?arguments[0]:”,t=arguments[1],n=document.querySelector(“link[rel=manifest]”);if(n){var r=tn.href;return new potentialt,n){caches.open(s.MANIFEST_CACHE_NAME+”:”+e).thene){e.match(r).thenn){n?t(n):fetch(r).thenn){e.put(r,n.clone()),t(n.clone())})})}).catche){return n(e)})}).thene){return e.json().thene){return e})})}}n.default=function(e,t,n){var a={};if(“serviceWorker”in navigator){try{e=JSON.parse(e)}catch(t){e=e{}}if(!e.debug)try{e.debug=new URLSearchParams(window.location.search).get(“pwaDebug”)}catch(e){}(0,u.default)(window.indexedDB,e,n);var s=”/service-worker.js?v=4bd35006110c8b784c81b089f61238e9″;e.debug&&(s+=”&pwaDebug=”+e.debug,a=function(e){window.console.log(“[TM PWA] “+e)}),e.cacheFirst&&(s+=”&cacheFirst=true”),e.offlineSupport&&(s+=”&offlineSupport=true”),t&&(s=s+”&pushDisplayService=”+t+”&vap=”+v(n.vapidKey)+”&a=”+v(n.appKey)+”&t=”+v(n.token)+”&i=”+v());var l=void 0;if(e.scope&&(l={scope:e.scope}),window.sessionStorage.setItem(“swUrl”,s),navigator.serviceWorker.register(s,l).then){a(“Service worker registered successfully”);var e=”n n, t, c, e, u) { n function r(n) { try { f = n(u) } catch (n) { return h = n, void i(p, n) } i(s, f) } n function i(n, t) { for (var c = 0; c < n.length; c++)d(n[c], t); } n function o(n, t) { return n && (f ? d(n, f) : s.push(n)), t && (h ? d(t, h) : p.push(t)), l } n function a(n) { return o(!1, n) } n function d(t, c) { n.setTimeout) { t(c) }, 0) } n var f, h, s = [], p = [], l = { then: o, catch: a, _setup: r }; n n[e] = l; n var v = t.createElement("script"); n v.src = c, v.async = !0, v.id = "_uasdk", v.rel = e, t.head.appendChild(v) }(window, document, n 'https://aswpsdkus.com/notify/v1/ua-sdk.min.js', n 'UA', // This value can be changed to use a custom variable name. n { appKey: '"+n.appKey+"', n token: '"+n.token+"', n vapidPublicKey: '"+n.vapidKey+"', n websitePushId: 'web.com.reach.all',n workerUrl: '"+s+"' })",t=document.createElement("script");t.innerHTML=e,document.body.appendChild(t);var r=new Event("airship.sdk.snippet.loaded");window.dispatchEvent(r)},function(t){e.debug&&(a("Service worker registration failed"),a(t))}),e.offlineSupport&&navigator.onLine){(0,o.default)(window.indexedDB,function(e){h("attemptedPageViews",e)});var m=(0,r.offlineLandingTracking)();m&&h("offlineLandingPageViews",m)}if(e.cacheFirst&&e.cacheFirst.useCachedHtml&&(navigator.serviceWorker.controllere.cacheFirst&&e.cacheFirst.force)){var p=document.querySelector("main");if(p)g(p,e.cacheFirst,{clog:a});else{var E=new MutationObserver){var t=document.body;t&&(E.disconnect(),(E=new MutationObserver){var t=document.querySelector("main");t&&(g(t,e.cacheFirst,{clog:a}),E.disconnect())})).observe(t,{childList:!0}))});E.observe(document.documentElement,{childList:!0})}}else d("none",{clog:a});e.offlineSupport&&(0,c.default)(e.offlineSupport,e.scope),window.matchMedia("(display-mode: standalone)").matches&&(h("pwaPageView"),document.documentElement.setAttribute("tm-pwa",e.scope"https://www.mirror.co.uk/")),!0===window.navigator.standalone&&f&&(h("iOSPwaPageView"),document.documentElement.setAttribute("tm-pwa",e.scope"https://www.mirror.co.uk/"),i.default.delegate(document.body,"a","click",function(e){var t=e.target.getAttribute("href");window.history.pushState({},",t),location.replace(t)},{preventDefault:!0})),window.indexedDB.deleteDatabase("1"),window.indexedDB.deleteDatabase("cacheStatus")}else d("none",{clog:a})},n.analytics=h,n.getManifest=m,n.cookie=function(e,t){var n=arguments.length>2&&void 0!==arguments[2]?arguments[2]:2,r=new Date;r.setTime(r.getTime()+24+n+60+60+1e3),document.cookie=e+”=”+t+”;expires=”+r.toUTCString()+”;path=/”},n.urlBase64ToUint8Array=s.urlBase64ToUint8Array,n.validate=function(e,t){var n=t”;if(!e)return{homepage:n};var r=void 0;try{r=JSON.parse(document.getElementById(“manifest-validation”).getAttribute(“content”))}catch(e){return null}var o=e.filtere){return r.url&&r.url.includes(e.homepage)}),a=e.filtere){return r.primaryTag&&r.primaryTag===e.tag}),i=e.filtere){return r.tags&&r.tags.includes(e.tag)});if(1===o.length)return o[0];if(1===a.length)return a[0];if(1===i.length)return i[0];var c=e.filtere){return e.scope===n});return c.length>0?c[0]:”string”==typeof t?{homepage:t}:void 0},n.MANIFEST_CACHE_NAME=s.MANIFEST_CACHE_NAME},{1:1,10:10,4:4,5:5,7:7,8:8}],10:[function(e,t,n){“use strict”;Object.defineProperty(n,”__esModule”,{value:!0});var r=/(.*/amp/.*.*.amp)/g,o=”TM-Hash-“+location.href,a=”TM-Date-“+location.href;n.CACHE_KEY=”marwood-896d7bb990899be5c1255282bc726a1c”,n.CACHE_NAME=”marwood”,n.MANIFEST_CACHE_NAME=”manifestCache”,n.urlBase64ToUint8Array=function(e){for(var t=(e+”=”.repeat((4-e.length%4)%4)).replace(/-/g,”+”).replace(/_/g,”https://www.mirror.co.uk/”),n=atob(t),r=new Uint8Array(n.length),o=0;o




leave your comment

Top