Casualties reported as Russian warplanes drop phosphorus bombs on Ukraine's Luhansk Oblast

24 March, 01:27 PM
Russia is destroying cities in the Luhansk region (Photo:Serhiy Haidai/Telegram)

Russia is destroying cities in the Luhansk region (Photo:Serhiy Haidai/Telegram)

Russian warplanes have again dropped phosphorus bombs in Ukraine, but this time on the village of Rubizhne in Luhansk Oblast, Luhansk Governor Serhiy Haidai reported via Telegram messenger on March 23.

Four people have reportedly been killed as a result, including two children, and six have been wounded.

Haidai stated that the number of victims affected by the phosphorus attack could be much higher.

He said that the situation in the city remains very difficult and active combat in the area continues, adding that Russia had also launched airstrikes on Sievierodonetsk, Lysychansk, Novodruzhesk, Kreminna, and Voievodivka.

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As many as 31 structures were damaged or completely destroyed in the region, including 23 residential buildings.

Moreover, 10 multiple-story residences, and 13 private houses, were damaged. Fires broke out in 16 of them.

To date, 35 settlements have been left without power, he added.

March 24 is the 29th day of a full-scale war against Russia.

However, the Ukrainian Army is putting up fierce resistance to the invaders, with 15,600 Russian invaders already having been killed since Feb. 24, according to the Ukrainian military.

Invading Russian forces are present on Ukrainian territory in the north, east and south, shelling peaceful cities throughout Ukraine with artillery, and bombing them from the air.

Since the beginning of the war, the most difficult situations have been observed in Kharkiv, Chernihiv, Sumy, Mariupol, Kyiv and the capital's outskirts.

Russian invaders are also trying to occupy the territories of Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts that have remained under Ukrainian government control since the start of the war in 2014.

The use of phosphorus bombs by Russia has already been recorded in the towns of Kramatorsk, Popasna, and near Irpin, outside the capital city of Kyiv.

Phosphorus bombs are flammable munitions containing white phosphorus. It ignites very fast on contact with oxygen.

White phosphorus causes not just burns, but deep wounds, ranging from bone damage to tissue death. The use of phosphorus bombs, while technically legal under international law against enemy combatants, is strictly banned when used against civilian and non-combatant targets.

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