Russia criticized for ‘use of phosphorus bombs’, sparking fears of chemical warfare – World News

Clouds of a white glittering substance were filmed over the eastern city of Kramatorsk days after Russia was accused of using a type of missile capable of destroying people’s organs

The use of phosphorus has raised fears of chemical weapons attacks
The apparent use of phosphorus has fueled fears of chemical weapons attacks

Russian forces have been accused of using illegal military tactics in the invasion of Ukraine.

White phosphorus ammunition was used in the eastern city of Kramatorsk on Monday, according to Kyiv’s deputy police chief.

Video captured on phones and by an ITV film crew showed a glittering substance of light falling from the sky onto the city below.

Oleksiy Biloshytskiy shared video of material burning violently on the ground when touched with a spade.

“Another use of phosphorus ammunition in Kramatorsk,” he says in the video.

White phosphorus is used to cause rapid fires due to its aggressive combustion with oxygen.

The video shows something that appears to be on fire on the ground



The use of white phosphorus is not prohibited under international conventions when used as a smoke screen, but as an incendiary weapon in civilian areas it is prohibited under the Geneva Convention.

There are growing fears that Vladimir Putin is considering turning to more extreme forms of attack and even chemical warfare as the now-month-long invasion stalls.

Over the weekend, an alarming Russian propaganda video began circulating showing terrifying thermobaric missiles capable of melting human organs.

On Saturday, Russian ships in the Black Sea and Caspian Sea launched cruise missile attacks on Ukraine and fired hypersonic missiles from Crimea’s airspace.

A glittering substance fell on the city of Kramatorsk



One of the strikes destroyed a large fuel depot in the Nikolaev region of southern Ukraine, while another damaged a workshop used to repair armored vehicles.

US President Joe Biden said the use of chemical weapons was “a real threat” as he left for Europe on Wednesday to attend a NATO summit.

The US has also reiterated its warning that Russia could stage a “false flag” attack to justify the use of chemical weapons.

Biden previously said Russia’s claim that Ukraine had biological and chemical weapons was a clear sign Mr Putin was considering using them.

NATO boss Jens Stoltenberg also warned that any use of chemical weapons in Ukraine would have far-reaching consequences and “completely change the character of the conflict”.

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