Video and photographic evidence has emerged of NATO 155 mm artillery shells being used by the Ukrainian army and the use of banned white phosphorous munitions. The video below clearly shows that a church in East Ukraine was bombed with a 155 shell. The US government and NATO have specifically stated that they are not giving lethal military equipment to the Ukrainian military, however, this video dispels that myth.
The following Facebook link is highly graphic so I will not put the picture up here. Click at your own risk. They show pictures of a NAF soldier who has been burned over major portions of his body with white phosphorus chemicals. These photos show massive holes in his limbs and back.
The use of this munition runs counter to the International Protocol on Incendiary Weapons.
Owing to the incendiary effects of WP, munitions containing WP can fall within the ambit of the 1980 Protocol on Incendiary Weapons (Protocol III to the 1980 Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons). The Protocol defines incendiary weapons as
“any weapon or munition which is primarily designed to set fire to objects or to cause burn injury to persons through the action of flame, heat, or combination thereof, produced by a chemical reaction of a substance delivered on the target.”
In keeping with this definition, any munition, including improvised devices, containing WP and that is ‘primarily designed’ to set fire to objects or to cause burn injury to persons is covered by the Protocol’s provisions. Consequently, aerial delivery, in the conduct of hostilities, of incendiary weapons containing WP within a concentration of civilians is prohibited.
The US is now supporting a regime that is openly using white phosphorous in battle. The injuries above are horrific. The United States has gone down a very dangerous road with the Ukrainian regime and the repercussions from this support are going to effect US foreign policy for years to come.