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'White phosphorus' reports: Ukraine military 'dropped incendiary bombs' on Slavyansk

Published time: June 12, 2014 20:31
Edited time: June 13, 2014 09:45

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Residents of Slavyansk and its suburbs were awoken overnight on Thursday by what they say were incendiary bombs that were dropped on their city by Kiev’s military. Witnesses and local media reports suggested that the bombs might be phosphorous.

Much of the village of Semyonovka, located in the Slavyansk suburbs, was set ablaze. Local residents told RT that the ground didn't stop burning for some time.

“We all saw what happened here yesterday. They used rocket launchers as well as incendiary bombs against us. The ground was on fire. How can the ground burn by itself. It burned for about forty minutes,” resident Roman Litvinov told RT over the phone.

“Starting from 2 a.m. everyone I’ve met has a sore throat and is coughing all the time. I think this is because of the burning. I think we’ll feel the true consequences later. There are still a lot of people here, a lot of children we haven’t managed to get out yet,” resident Tatyana told RT.

The use of incendiary bombs – designed to start fires using materials such as napalm, white phosphorus or other dangerous chemicals – is strictly prohibited by the UN.

Kiev authorities have denied reports that such weapons were used against civilians. The National Guard also refuted reports that phosphorous ammunition was used, its press service stated.

During the latest news briefing, State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki veered away from answering an AP journalist’s question about the reported use of white phosphorus bombs by Kiev’s army. But when cornered, she let it slip that she was quite clueless as to the situation on the ground – saying she thought the reference was to the Russians using the bombs.

When asked about the report for the second time, Psaki replied: "By whom? By Russians?”

The journalist replied: “No, by the Ukrainians,” specifying that there is video and photographic evidence of the attack.

Psaki replied by saying, “No, I didn’t see those reports.”

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Slavyansk, an industrial city in southeastern Ukraine with a population of over 100,000 people, has been a focal point of the government’s crackdown against the region. The city’s residential area has been under regular artillery fire for weeks.

“It does appear that there is at least a case to be argued that something similar, if not itself white phosphorous, was used overnight. I’ve seen the video, I’ve looked at it closely...[there are] whole signs, whole marks of white phosphorous use. For example, a very bright light burning and multiple burns coming down from the sky. It’s an airburst weapon that has been used, such as a mortar or a manned aircraft,” Charles Shoebridge, a former army officer, Scotland Yard detective, and counter-terrorism intelligence officer who has recently returned from Ukraine, told RT.

“White phosphorous cannot be put out with the use of water” and it will “burn through one’s body to the bone,” Shoebridge added. “If there is going to be large amounts used it can also be a poison – large amounts can be set to contaminate water supply.”

According to the video, “it’s very likely that white phosphorus" was used, Shoebridge added. “It’s very difficult to fabricate the video we saw combined with the evidence on the ground.”

Moscow demanded an immediate investigation into the reported use of incendiary bombs in Ukraine, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Thursday.

"We are concerned to hear reports that the Ukrainian military forces use incendiary bombs and some other indiscriminate weapons," he said. "These reports should be probed into immediately."

On Thursday, Russia introduced a draft resolution to the UN Security Council that condemns attacks on residential quarters and civilian facilities in southeastern Ukraine, said Vitaly Churkin, Russian envoy to the UN.

He also voiced concern over reports of the use of prohibited ammunition, including incendiary bombs, during the military crackdown.

The draft resolution calls for an immediate end to all violence and for a lasting ceasefire.

"The draft resolution will aim to stop the violence and support the political efforts the OSCE has been undertaking in vain so far. We urge the UN Secretary-General to support them," Churkin said, adding that its adoption would demonstrate the UNSC’s support for the crisis settlement efforts.

Comments (292)


McMurmet 28.07.2014 05:12

Terry Mckinney 19.06.2014 03:10

While I haven't heard anything to confirm that WP was used,they dropped something,at night,on civilians.Something that burned for 20 mins.The fascists in Kiev have already burned people alive.They blocked the exits and used Molotov cocktails and killed anyone that tried to escape.We all saw the films of that on when they Burned Odessa.What they use to burn people is of no consequence.That they burn people alive,that's what matters.


Perhaps you should read up what actually happened. That way you might look slightly less retarded.


McMurmet 28.07.2014 05:08

Willy Dakota 19.06.2014 12:50

America needs to stop supporting Neo Nazi's in Ukraine !.Google Kievs new cabinet and you will find many holding top positions are members of Neo Nazi Svoboda & Right Sector parties of Ukraine !.Email you local Veterans org / Returned servicemens org and inform them of just who your govts are supporting in Ukraine,Nazi's!.Help honour the memory of the allied servicemen/women who gave so much fighting Nazi's in WW2 !.It is your duty.


3 out of 21 ministers, namely farming and enviroment and one even without a resort of hisown.


McMurmet 28.07.2014 05:06

[quote name='Pavle Djurisic' time='14.06.2014 13:05']The one who calls Russia fascist is ill or so stupid that there is not a good word for such a person.

Onl y ones who cary pictures of fascists are Maydan's protesters and the ones that are attacking eastern Ukraine.

Ru ssias core is anti fascist and will never accept fascism and never did, actually that is who world is saved from such ideology with milions dead Russians!

[ /quote]

Russian politics (Russia is where Russians are) is pretty much fascitic.

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