– ‘White phosphorus’ reports: Ukraine military ‘dropped incendiary bombs’ on Slavyansk (RT, June 12, 2014):
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.
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.
– Amnesty International: Gaza white phosphorus shells were US made (The Times)
– Spent shells prove Israeli use of white phosphorus, Gaza doctors say (The Times)
– Israel attacks UN aid compound with White Phosphorous Shells (Sky News)
6 thoughts on “‘White Phosphorus’ Reports: Ukraine Military ‘Dropped Incendiary Bombs’ On Slavyansk (Video)”
More proof that man is going to destroy himself.
What fools we are.
Why develop war weapons that burn the ground for over 40 minutes?
This is madness, and in time, nobody will be safe.
On Fukushima, people over 60 ought to be prepared to die.
Bottom of nuclear reactor at Fukushima has broken off…..no way for it to be retrieved to stop the damage…..things have moved much to the worst……
Judge giving BP Oil Engineer a new trial saying his conviction was not from an impartial jury. The corporations have total ownership of the courts…..this is beyond belief.
The Gulf of Mexico is also dead, thanks to corporate greed. The fish and ocean based industry has been destroyed forever.
Now, the bastards want to give BP a pass.
The Pacific Ocean will be dead in a few weeks. Japan has already held TEPCO not to blame for the destruction it has wrought everywhere……..Japan is just as evil as the US.
What a fascinating story! This could affect the planet in many ways never considered before.
I recently found this TV network when scanning US media to check propaganda trends. I have never heard of it before, and finally found this article about it. It is extremely right wing, and when you see the owners, you will see why.
US news is truly cheap propaganda, and nothing more. It replaces Current TV which was a network trying to get some truth out there……it was bought out and vanished, just like all liberal based media.
Here is an article I found, when you see the names of the owners, you will see why I found it disturbing enough to send to you.