Russian soldier is turned into a ‘human bomb’ when grenade smashes through his rib cage

A Russian soldier turned into a ‘human bomb’ when a grenade fired by Ukrainian troops broke through his ribcage and lodged in him, but failed to detonate.

To remove the foreign object, surgeons – wrapped in body armor – operated on the man to remove the grenade, knowing it could explode at any moment.

Against all odds, the medical workers were able to remove the explosive without detonating it – saving the Russian’s life – and giving Vladimir Putin’s army a rare reason to celebrate amid increasingly embarrassing setbacks.

Junior Sergeant Nikolay Easterko (right), 41, was turned into a ‘human bomb’ when a grenade fired by Ukrainian troops slammed through his ribcage and lodged in him, but failed to explode. Left: An X-ray of Easterko’s chest shows the grenade stuck inside him

The embedded explosive came from a Ukrainian attack with an AGS-17 auto-mounted grenade launcher (shown, file photo), reports say.

Junior Sergeant Nikolay Easterko, 41, was hit by the Ukrainian projectile fired from an automatic grenade launcher while fighting for the Russian president’s forces.

The ammunition broke through his ribs, damaged a lung and became lodged near his spine between the aorta and the inferior vena cava, the largest artery in the body.

X-rays from the emergency room showed the deadly explosive deep inside the man’s chest. But despite the devastating wound, he was not killed by the impact.

Easterko was taken to a medical facility, where the risk of an explosion was assessed as “extremely high.” However, the lack of surgery put the man at risk of bleeding.

The Russian soldier is said to have initially resisted surgery, saying he “didn’t want the doctors to suffer because the ammunition could have exploded.”

But despite the risk, military and civilian doctors wore body armor to protect themselves from a potential explosion — which would likely kill them all in the vicinity — and operated on the soldier anyway.

Military and civilian doctors wore body armor to protect themselves from a potential explosion — which would likely kill them all in the vicinity — and operated on the soldier

Against all odds, the medical workers were able to successfully extract the explosive without detonating it – saving the Russian’s life – giving Vladimir Putin’s army a rare reason to celebrate amid increasingly embarrassing setbacks.

Pictured: A doctor shows X-rays of Easterko’s chest, with the grenade inside

Lieutenant Colonel Kim, based at the Mandryk Central Military Hospital in Moscow, traveled with his team to Belgorod to operate on the wounded Russian fighter.

“The ammunition was located between the aorta and the inferior vena cava,” Kim said. “It’s not every day you get a… [explosive] from a person, and in a place where moving to the right or left could lead to the death of the patient. When the ammunition ended up in a bucket of sand, everyone exhaled, laughed and laughed.’

A second operating room and a full team of surgeons were on standby in case the ammunition exploded during the “unique operation,” reports said.

The embedded explosive came from a Ukrainian attack with an AGS-17 auto-mounted grenade launcher, reports said.

Lieutenant Colonel Kim said they “didn’t know if the ammunition had exploded or not” during their operation. That turned out not to be the case, so there was acute danger.

After the operation, Easterko said he was hit by the grenade two weeks earlier when he was fighting against Ukrainian soldiers. He claimed his unit was tasked with taking a belt of forest, but did not say where in the country they were fighting.

‘I didn’t understand what was happening. There was a blow to the edge of the armor and that was it. I didn’t lose consciousness – I just kept moving.’

Then “his comrades jumped up and bandaged me,” he said.

Easterko survived the operation. Afterwards, he said he was hit by the grenade as his unit fought to take over a forest area in Ukraine, but did not disclose where

“Now you see I’m sitting in front of you,” the second sergeant added. “My thanks go to surgeon Dmitry Kim and I will be grateful to him for the rest of my life.”

Russian soldiers have been on Ukrainian soil since 2014 and have been involved in an all-out invasion of the country since February 24, 2022 – when Putin ordered his troops to attack the country and overthrow the government in Kiev.

But after dramatically halting Russia’s advance towards the capital in the early stages of the war, Kiev’s armed forces staged a spectacular defense on their land, with Moscow’s forces moving ever further east and back toward Russia’s borders. have been pushed.

As a result of several Russian military failures, with the Kremlin underestimating Ukraine’s strength and support for Kiev by its allies, tens of thousands of Russian soldiers have been killed since the invasion was ordered.

However, as Ukraine has recaptured land, horrific cases of war crimes committed by Russian soldiers have come to light.

Russia’s defense ministry hailed the medical operation as a success and took the opportunity to share a rare good news story at a time when military operations in Moscow continue to face huge setbacks amid Putin’s ongoing invasion.

“The military doctors, along with their civilian colleagues, donned bulletproof vests under their medical gowns and performed this extremely complicated operation,” the Russian ministry said in a statement.

Easterko’s life-saving operation may have been all the Russian military could celebrate this week, with Ukrainian officials saying on Friday Ukrainian flags appeared “en masse and everywhere” in the wake of Russia’s withdrawal from the southern Kherson region.

Easterko’s life-saving operation may have been all the Russian military was able to celebrate this week, with Ukrainian officials saying on Friday Ukrainian flags appeared “en masse and everywhere” in the wake of Russia’s withdrawal from the southern Kherson region.

“Kherson is returning to Ukrainian control and units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine are entering the city,” Ukraine’s defense ministry said on social media.

“The retreat routes of the Russian invaders are under fire control by the Ukrainian military. Any attempt to oppose Ukraine’s armed forces will be stopped.”

Kherson was one of four regions in Ukraine that Putin annexed in September.

The fall of the city would again humiliate Moscow after a series of battlefield defeats and other setbacks.