Moscow: Ukrainian armed forces began the mass use of phosphorus-filled ammunition prohibited by international law in an attempt to stop the Russian advance on Kiev near Hostomel airfield, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said on Sunday.
“The units of the Ukrainian armed forces in a desperate attempt to hold back the advance of the Russian troops began the mass use of ammunition filled with phosphorus in the suburbs of Kiev near the Hostomel airfield. They use 122 mm shells for D-30 howitzers and rockets for Soviet-made BM-21 Grad systems,” Konashenkov told a briefing.
He stressed that the use of these munitions is prohibited by the third protocol of the 1980 United Nations Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons.
Ukraine’s nationalist units also killed four Ukrainian soldiers in Severodonetsk, Luhansk region, to stop them from retreating before the Russian advance, he noted.