For the lazy, and because it is a short piece, here is what the TASS article says:
MOSCOW, October 28. /TASS/. Army engineers disrupted an enemy offensive by creating a magnetic field during drills in the Republic of Udmurtia in the Volga area, the press office of the Central Military District reported on Wednesday.
“Using the experience gained in the latest local conflicts and the possibilities of computer technologies, the combat engineers specifically created a magnetic field that was exerting force on electric charges and bodies. This made it possible to demoralize the enemy manpower and make it retreat,” the press office said in a statement.
The military engineers also laid minefields, set up booby traps and artificial obstacles at the boundary of the enemy force’s deployment, which helped disrupt its offensive, the statement says.
The exercise involved over 600 troops, the press office said.
Nice. This sounds to me (although I cannot claim great knowledge on the subject) like one of those new weapons President Putin spoke about a year or so ago, referring to them as being based on “new physical principles”.
This is a known class of weapon which has been defined in United Nations General Assembly documents since 1975 (see Wikipedia: New Physical Principle Weapons) – but was never formally made the subject of any international agreement.
Russia appears to be the main developer of such weaponry while the United States rather distastefully majors in the field of chemical and biological pathogens in its multitude of secret laboratories scattered around the world (which is the most likely source of the novel coronavirus still causing so much distress for the whole of this year and possibly many more to come – released from a US funded lab in Wuhan, China).
So, before anyone starts screaming about Russia, let me say that weapons using new physical principles do not contravene any international obligation to which Russia is a signatory. Chemical/Biological weapons on the other hand are definitely legislated against. Such legislation being upheld by all civilised nations – which of course does not include all countries of the West.