Ukraine

Russian "gliding bombs" are destroying Ukrainian cities

Russian glide bomb

Russia is increasingly using “glider bombs” – cheap but highly destructive – to advance its offensive in Ukraine. More than 200 of them have been used in just one week, heavily hitting the northern city of Vovchansk, during Russia's current cross-border advance near Kharkiv. 

The President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, has said that 3000 such bombs were dropped in Ukraine in March alone. 

The police chief of Vovchansk, Oleksii Kharkivsky, has seen the impact of "sliding bombs" more closely. 

"There are no words to describe the devastation. He gets there and sees people lying on the ground, mutilated," said Kharkivsky. 

Russia's massive use of "glider bombs" is a recent development in the war in Ukraine, but one that has been devastating for Ukrainian troops in recent months. 

These bombs are built by adding folding wings and satellite navigation to older Soviet bombs. They are cheap but destructive. 

A recent report by the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA) said that the cluster bombs were crucial in the capture of the eastern town of Avdiivka in February. 

Russian forces are now using these bombs and are aiming to capture the northern city of Kharkiv as well. Ukraine has so far had trouble countering them.