Ukrainian army uses phosphorus ammunition in Kiev suburbs – Russian Army – Army & Defense
MOSCOW, February 27. /TASS/. The Ukrainian military has started using banned phosphorus ammunition in the outskirts of Kyiv near the Gostomel airfield, currently controlled by the Russian military, the Russian Defense Ministry spokesman told media on Sunday. , Igor Konashenkov.
“Unable to stop the offensive of the Russian forces, the Ukrainian army began to use phosphorus ammunition on a large scale near the Gostomel airfield on the outskirts of Kiev. They fire 122-millimeter shells from howitzers D-30 and missiles for BM-21 Grad several Soviet-made launchers,” Konashenkov said.
“The use of such ammunition is prohibited under the third protocol of the 1980 UN Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons,” Konashenkov said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a televised morning address on February 24 that he had launched a special military operation in Ukraine in response to a request for help from the leaders of the Donbas republics. He stressed that Moscow has no plans to occupy Ukrainian territories. The only goal is the demilitarization and denazification of the country. The Russian Defense Ministry said its forces do not attack cities, as its main targets are military infrastructure. The civilian population is not in danger, the Ministry of Defense said.