Phosphorus bombs, restricted but not banned

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Ukraine has accused invading Russian troops of using phosphorus bombs — incendiary weapons whose use against civilians is banned under an international convention but allowed for military targets.

Phosphorus weapons, which leave a signature white trail in the sky, were deployed against a village in the Lugansk region and at Irpin outside Kyiv, Ukrainian officials including President Volodymyr Zelenskyy have claimed.

It was not immediately possible to verify the allegation.

“Russia has never violated any international convention,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov retorted.

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Phosphorus, a substance that catches fire on contact with the air, “is not classified as a chemical weapon, it’s available to many of the world’s armies,” Olivier Lepick, a researcher with France’s Foundation for Strategic Research (FRS), told broadcaster LCI on Thursday.

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