Russia fears chemical weapons as ‘phosphorus bombs’ may have been used in Mariupol | World | News

Petro Andrushchenko, an adviser to the city’s mayor, reportedly spoke of fires as hot as 2,500 degrees Celsius. He added that “the fire is almost unstoppable”.

Andrushchenko is said to have posted a video of the bomb attack on the steel plant in Azovstal in Mariupol on Telegram.

He said experts should investigate the cause of the blazing inferno, but the Russians themselves claim they used incendiary bombs.

Phosphorus bombs are a chemical weapon made up of phosphates, which have the ability to ignite on contact with air and get as hot as 2760 degrees according to the US military.

White phosphorus – or “Willie Pete” after the initials – is not banned for use under the Chemical Weapons Convention, but is believed to be tightly regulated under international law.

Phosphorus bombs have the ability to spread a white-hot fire over a large area, and their chemical properties allow victims to suffer deep burns and organ failure from inhalation of vapor.

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