'Nerves of steel': Ukrainians disable massive bomb with bare hands and a bottle of water

In a viral clip, one disposal expert is seen diffusing the bomb while another pours water over it


                            'Nerves of steel': Ukrainians disable massive bomb with bare hands and a bottle of water
Users on Twitter praised the men for showcasing bravery and dubbed them 'real life heroes' (Screenshots from Charles_Lister/Twitter)
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In a video gone viral, Ukrainian explosive specialists were spotted using only their bare hands and a bottle of water to diffuse a Russian bomb. "This #Russia-dropped bomb would flatten a building — and yet these #Ukraine EODs defuse it with 2 hands and a bottle of water, while shells audibly land nearby. Mind boggling bravery," tweeted Charles Lister, senior fellow and director of the Syria and Countering Terrorism and Extremism programs at the Middle East Institute.

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In the clip, a man carefully tries to diffuse a dangerous and huge bomb bare-handedly while another pours water on it from a bottle. "Ukrainian disposal experts diffuse an unexploded Russian bomb, while shells rain down around them. The water is to prevent static discharge. Steady hands, nerves of steel #Ukraine," said Sky News journalist Nick Stylianou.

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People were quick to praise the brave Ukrainians and took to social media to express their admiration. One user said, "I've said it before and I'll say it again. Ukrainians have elevated badassery to a whole new level." Another wrote, "Unbelievable courage that Putin wrongly assumed Ukrainians lacked." A third replied, "Such calm and determination amidst such danger [x3 folded hands]."

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While one commented, "[x3 mind-blown emojis] I could never be as brave as this. Truly gives me chills to think of what they must be going through. My heart breaks for them [x2 broken heart emojis] [x2 crying emojis]," another praised, "These people are absolutely amazing! The world needs to learn a lot from them!" A third user mentioned, "Balls of steel for real... And the surgical calmness is just mind bogling..."

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One user tweeted, "Amazing... nerves of steel and balls of pure brass!!! God Bless the Ukraine [Ukrainian flag emoji] and it's Brave AF people!!! #StandWithUkriane," while another said, "Wow!!! Real life hero’s right there [raising hands emoji]." A third wrote, "Looking this is so frightening that my hands are shaking. And I'm lying in my sofa. Ukraina is full of superheros [blue heart emoji] [Ukrainian flag emoji] [yellow heart emoji] #StandWithUkraine." A fourth added, "Unreal! I have so much respect for them!"

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"The bravery of these people is simply astonishing," said one user, while another commented, "Not only that, you hear near-by gunfire in the background, and his hands are steady as a rock. [clapping hands emoji] [gold medal emoji] bless them all [folded hands emoji]." A third user posted images of the bomb before it was diffused and captioned it, "Before being defused."

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Meanwhile, Russia's invasion of Ukraine has led to multiple deaths and destruction. Cities are being destroyed and shelled, civilians are fleeing the country, and people are losing their family members to this barbaric war. Earlier this week, Russian troops bombarded a residential area in Sumy, Ukraine with 500-kilogram bombs that left 21 people dead.

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