- Jun 20, 2018
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- Miami, FL
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Zelensky accuses Russia of using phosphorus bombs
"This morning we had phosphorus bombs from Russia, people were killed, children were killed," Zelensky told NATO leaders meeting in Brussels for an emergency summit regarding the war, NBC News reported.
White phosphorus ignites on contact with air. It is typically used in wars to mark enemy targets or create a smokescreen to hire troop movements, but can also start fires and kill or maim anyone who comes in contact with it.
This is an upgrade in severity of Putin's attack. Phosphorous Bombs are banned on attacks on heavily populated civilian areas. By the same token and though they are banned, they are not considered "Chemical Weapons", meaning that he is upgrading his attack and doing things that are not permitted by international law but still fall short of being a war crime event.
It can be used in open spaces to conceal military movements. White phosphorus munitions are not considered a chemical weapon under the Chemical Weapons Convention.