Russia used prohibited ammunition in Ukraine at least 210 times, reports New York Times

20 June, 01:00 PM
An unexploded shell of the Russian army in Lysychansk (Photo:REUTERS/Oleksandr Ratushniak)

An unexploded shell of the Russian army in Lysychansk (Photo:REUTERS/Oleksandr Ratushniak)

Since the beginning of its full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the Russian army has used weapons and ammunition prohibited by international law at least 210 times, The New York Times reported on June 19.

In most cases, these prohibited weapons have been cluster munitions, “which can pose a grave risk to civilians for decades after war has ended.”

Ignoring limitations on prohibited weapons is a part of the Kremlin’s military strategy, the NYT writes.

In its analysis, NYT used evidence based on thousands of photos of missiles and explosion sites in Ukraine. More than 2,000 munitions were identified.

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Among the especially dangerous munition categories the newspaper names are missiles launched by D-30 and Grad howitzers, OF-56 projectiles, 9N210 submunitions, and 300 mm Smerch missiles.

Additionally, the Russian invaders are using POM-3 mines, which are also prohibited. These mines are being camouflaged for the purpose of killing or injuring civilians who may trigger them while walking or moving around.

Earlier, Ukraine’s SBU Security Service published an interception of a recent phone call between Russian soldiers. In it, the soldiers admit that they are continuing to use prohibited munitions and are murdering peaceful civilians.

One of the munitions mentioned are phosphorus bombs.

Commenting on this phone call, the SBU mentioned that usage of phosphorus bombs is against the Geneva Convention and is considered a crime against humanity. Killing peaceful civilians, as well, contradicts the norms of war.

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