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Zelenskyy accuses Russia of deploying banned vacuum bombs, investigating use of chemical warfare


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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Thursday accused Russia of frequently making use of banned thermobaric weapons, also recognised as vacuum bombs, in metropolitan areas throughout Ukraine.

“The forbidden vacuum bombs,” Zelenskyy reported in an interview for French Television set translated by Interfax, have been utilised “setting up from Kharkiv and in other towns – there are now a lot of such examples.”

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - 2021/08/25: Russian Army TOS-1A "Solntsepyok (Blazing Sun)" multiple rocket launcher and thermobaric weapon mounted on a T-72 tank chassis seen during the annual Army Games defense technology international exhibition. s)

MOSCOW, RUSSIA – 2021/08/25: Russian Military TOS-1A “Solntsepyok (Blazing Sunshine)” several rocket launcher and thermobaric weapon mounted on a T-72 tank chassis observed throughout the once-a-year Army Online games protection technology international exhibition. s)
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The banned weaponry is deployed in a series of charges that detonates dispersed fuel and oxygen in the air. The explosion makes a blast wave of excessive force and warmth that builds a vacuum-like phenomenon when in an enclosed place – producing it specially effective in city warfare.

The bomb can be released by rocket or dropped from aircraft. When deployed the very first cost disperses a fuel combination that can penetrate any setting up opening.

The second cost then detonates the cloud and produces a vacuum that pulls in all surrounding oxygen – resulting in a massive fireball.

Russia was 1st accused of using the lethal weapon in February by Ukrainian Ambassador to the U.S. Oksana Markarova, the U.K. Ministry of Protection later verified the use of thermobaric warheads in a March 9 tweet

Firefighters climb a ladder while working to extinguish a blaze in a destroyed apartment building after a bombing in a residential area in Kyiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, March 15, 2022. Russia's offensive in Ukraine has edged closer to central Kyiv with a series of strikes hitting a residential neighborhood as the leaders of three European Union member countries planned a visit to Ukraine's embattled capital. 

Firefighters climb a ladder while functioning to extinguish a blaze in a destroyed apartment constructing soon after a bombing in a household place in Kyiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, March 15, 2022. Russia’s offensive in Ukraine has edged closer to central Kyiv with a collection of strikes hitting a household neighborhood as the leaders of a few European Union member nations around the world prepared a go to to Ukraine’s embattled capital. 
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The U.S. has nonetheless to affirm its use in Ukrainian towns, while in a late February press conference White Residence press secretary Jen Psaki claimed if these accusations are identified to be accurate “it would most likely be a war crime.”

“There is practically nothing to confirm, every little thing has presently been demonstrated there,” Zelenskyy mentioned Thursday.

Ukrainian authorities introduced before this thirty day period that it was investigating reports that Russia may possibly have utilised a chemical weapon in the partly besieged metropolis of Mariupol.

“Distinctive bombs are staying used. We are examining the use of chemical weapons by the Russian Federation,” the Ukrainian president stated. “We act as fair persons and are based on points. Gurus, professionals ought to acquire samples, and when there is proof, we will present what kind of chemical weapon and where they employed it.”

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy speaks from Kyiv, Ukraine, on Tuesday.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy speaks from Kyiv, Ukraine, on Tuesday.
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Japan this week sent gas masks, hazmat fits and drones to Ukraine amid increasing concerns that Russia will resort to chemical or organic warfare.

President Biden has stated such a violation of the Geneva Conference will result in a reaction, but it remains unclear how the U.S. or NATO would react. 



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