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Chechnya leader says Ukraine uses white phosphorous munitions

Earlier, Russian Defense Ministry Spokesman spoke about a massive use of such munitions by Ukraine

GROZNY, March 25. /TASS/. Head of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov on Friday said the Ukrainian armed forces employed white phosphorous munitions near a population center.

"Ukrainian nationalists and Banderites are crossing all acceptable boundaries," he said on Telegram. "According to experts, the armed forces of Ukraine used white phosphorus munitions near a Ukrainian settlement."

"This case clearly demonstrates on whose orders the armed forces of Ukraine are following, subjecting their own citizens to mortal danger," Kadyrov went on to say.

He didn’t rule out that Russia would be accused of using incendiary munitions.

"After the publication of data on American biological laboratories in Ukraine and the statement by US President Joe Biden about the likelihood of Russia using chemical weapons, we expected such a provocation," Kadyrov said.

Russian Defense Ministry Spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov earlier spoke about a massive use of such munitions by Ukraine. According to him, the Ukrainian military fired Soviet-made phosphorus-filled projectiles for D-30 howitzers and Grad launchers toward the Gostomel airfield area near Kiev. The use of such munitions is prohibited by Protocol III of the 1980 UN Inhumane Weapons Convention.