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War in Ukraine. Russia is increasingly reaching for banned weapons

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“Over the past month, mobile force and support groups and other defense force units have recorded 351 cases use by the enemy of ammunition containing dangerous chemicalsthis is 90 cases more than in the previous period,” he said General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

According to Ukrainian data The Russians most often use K-51 and RG-Vo grenades for this purpose.

War in Ukraine. Russia uses banned weapons

As the Ukrainian army has previously reported, grenades K-51 contain chloropicrin. It is an agent that was developed as a war gas during World War I. It causes watering, nasal irritation and suffocation. In particularly large doses, it can lead to death.

At the beginning of the year, the Ukrainian website reported that the Russian army began to use new grenades marked as RG-Vo, which contain chemical compound chloroacetophenone. It is a compound obtained at the end of World War I in the USA, used as an irritating combat poison of the lacrimator type, i.e. intended to pollute the air.

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In accordance with the Geneva Protocol of 1925 the use of chloroacetophenone is prohibited, under the prohibition of the use of asphyxiating, poisonous or other war gases and bacteriological methods of warfare. Moreover, its use in combat conditions was prohibited by the resolution of 1696 of the United Nations General Assembly A/RES/2603 “The question of chemical and bacteriological (biological) weapons”.

The war in Ukraine and banned weapons. Russia is starting to act systemically

“In total, the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the period from February 2023 to March 2024 recorded 1,412 cases of use of ammunition containing dangerous chemicals by the Russian Federation” – indicated the staff.

The Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine emphasizes that Russia's action is a violation “Convention Prohibiting the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons”, as well as the laws and customs of warfare. “Such actions of the Russian Federation are becoming systemic and the tendency to use them is only growing” – noted.

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