Daily Mail: Nuclear disaster as seen by the Russians: Rare footage filmed by Soviet researchers shows the utter devastation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki shortly after US atomic bombs flattened the cities in 1945
* Soviet Union researchers captured the footage of the flattened Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
* Harrowing video shows the devastation around a month after the US bombings took place in August 1945
* The footage was presented to Japanese PM Shinzo Abe in June by the chairman of the Russian State Duma
* It is the first time the cities have obtained footage of the aftermaths captured by Soviet Union researchers
This newly released video shows the utter devastation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki shortly after atomic bombs obliterated the cities in August 1945.
Soviet Union researchers captured the harrowing footage of the flattened Japanese cities around a month after the US bombings took place.
The black-and-white video, which is around five minutes in length, was presented to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in June this year by the chairman of the Russian State Duma, Sergei Naryshkin.
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WNU Editor: I asked my father on where was he when the bombs were dropped .... he was West of Berlin and near the American zone, and he heard it from German radio. He understood the importance of the bomb right away, and he knew that war as he knew it had now reached an even more destructive level. After the dropping of the second bomb, he was also relieved that the Japanese choose to surrender .... the Soviet Army was getting ready to participate in the war in Asia, and the last thing that my father wanted to do was to be involved in the land invasion of Japan.