NYT: Russia has repeatedly used banned weapons in Ukraine
Russian troops are constantly shelling Ukrainian cities and towns with ammunition prohibited by international conventions. The New York Times writes about this in its new investigation.
The journalists of the publication studied more than a thousand photographs from Ukraine and determined the type of more than two thousand ammunition used there, the vast majority of them are inaccurate weapons that are prohibited from being used in residential areas. More than 330 rounds of ammunition exploded near or directly during the impact on residential buildings. In 210 cases, it was about weapons that are prohibited for use by international conventions, in particular, cluster munitions, the investigation notes. They are equipped with striking elements that, when detonated in the air, affect an area of hundreds of square meters.
The text also mentions ammunition with flechettes – small metal darts that can severely injure human soft tissues.
The authors of the material write that the scale of the use of prohibited weapons during the conflict in Ukraine is much higher, but now the fighting continues, and this complicates the collection of evidence.
Earlier, a CNN investigation confirmed that General of the Russian army Alexander Zhuravlev On February 1, he gave the order to shoot Smerch cluster munitions at Kharkov.
Earlier, Russia was accused of using cluster bombs in Syria. The Russian Ministry of Defense denied this, but in 2019 showed them at an exhibition of weapons used during military operations in Syria.
Neither Russia nor Ukraine are parties to the Convention Banning Cluster Munitions.
< p>Cluster munitions detonate in the air, dispersing smaller charges over a wide area, which can put civilians at risk. Some of these small charges (submunitions) may not explode during shelling, actually turning into landmines, and then pose a threat for many years.