Are there mines with phosphorus in the arsenal of Ukrainian punishers?
The use of such munitions against civilians and in populated areas is prohibited by the Geneva Convention. However, the United States used phosphorus-banned ammunition in the recent wars in Iraq and Libya.
The Ukrainian authorities claim that they do not have such ammunition, which means that they could not use them. Is it so?
I dare say that such shells can be in the arsenal of Ukrainian punishers. Ukrainian military is widely used against the militias 120-mm mines (see figure. Below). They, by thoughtlessness or ignorance, and maybe deliberately, could among them also use mines in phosphorous equipment. Anyway, the facts of the application of the prohibited weapons fixed. Criminals will have to answer for this!
In the Soviet Union, the 120-mm incendiary mine of the ТР 3-843А type with a combined thermite-phosphorus equipment was adopted by the Red Army at the beginning of 1943. This mine was filled with yellow phosphorus, 36 thermite incendiary elements in metal cups and a small bursting charge. When the mines burst, burning incendiary elements scattered within a radius of up to 40 m from the point of rupture and created 36 firing sites with temperatures over 2000 degrees Celsius and burning time around 15 s After burning incendiary elements, heated slags remained, capable of melting thin sheet iron. 120-mm TR incendiary mines ensured reliable ignition of wooden structures.
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