Despite Russian invasion forces in Bakhmut using phosphorous and incendiary munitions prohibited by international law, Ukrainian troops withstood the attack and have continued to defend the city, a military spokesperson has said.
Ukraine’s Operational Command East spokesman, Serhiy Cherevatyi, said on national television on May 9 that Russian invasion forces had violated all possible rules of war, including by using outlawed weapons – ranging from anti-personnel mines to phosphorus munitions.
"Despite the enemy's viciousness on the battlefield, our soldiers survived. The strategic positions of either our forces or the enemy have remained unchanged. Our positions stand, we are standing," Cherevatyi said.
Russian invasion forces used phosphorus ammunition and incendiary weapons in Bakhmut on the evening of May 5. Residential areas were set on fire.
The Geneva Convention bans the use of phosphorous bombs in and around settlements. However, Russia has repeatedly used them against civilians in its full-scale war against Ukraine.
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