kyiv accuses Moscow of using phosphorus bombs in Mariupol

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The Russian Federation continued its attack on the besieged port city of Mariupol, endangering the lives of those stranded in the city. In the latest update, Ukraine claimed that the occupiers had deployed incendiary or phosphorus bombs against Mariupol defenders on May 14, saying they would leave the conclusion on this situation to specialists. It was stated that Russian forces used 9M22C incendiary shells with thermite layers. The burning temperature of these bombs is about 2-2.5 thousand degrees Celsius.

Petro Andriushchenko, who is an adviser to the mayor of Mariupol, Vadym Boychenko, said Russian forces fired incendiary shells but specialists will draw the conclusion. Andriushchenko further said that the temperature of the fire caused by the attack was between 2,000 and 2,500 degrees Celsius and the fire was almost impossible to extinguish. On Telegram, Andriushchenko shared a video of the shelling of the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol.

Around 1,000 troops are still stuck in Azovstal, which is Ukraine’s last position in Russian-held Mariupol. He further said that hundreds of soldiers in Azovstal are injured, according to media reports. Earlier this week, Andriushchenko said Russian forces had blocked all escape routes out of Mariupol. He went on to say that there is a shortage of food and water in the city and those who remained in the city are cooperating with Russian soldiers for food.

What are phosphorus bombs?

Phosphorus bombs are chemical weapons made from phosphates that can ignite when exposed to air and burn at temperatures up to 2,760 degrees. The use of white phosphorus, sometimes called “Willie Pete” after his initials, is not banned by the Chemical Weapons Convention but is subject to strict international regulations.

Phosphorus bombs are incendiary weapons. This implies that they can spread flames in addition to their catastrophic explosive power.

Notably, this is not the first time that Russia has been accused of using phosphorus bombs in Mariupol. Late last month, Captain Sviatoslav Palamar of the Azov regiment claimed that the Russian armed forces also dropped a huge amount of phosphorus bombs on Mariupol and carried out 50 airstrikes on the night of April 27.

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