The Ukrainian military accused Russia of carrying out attacks with incendiary phosphorus munitions on Snake Island on Friday, just a day after Moscow withdrew its troops from the rock in the Black Sea.
“Today at about 6:00 PM, Russian Air Force SU-30 aircraft made two attacks with phosphorus bombs on Zmiinyi Island,” it said in a statement, using a different name for Snake Island.
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Russia’s defense ministry described the withdrawal on Thursday as “a goodwill gesture” intended to demonstrate that Moscow will not interfere with UN efforts to organize protected grain exports from Ukraine.
The Ukrainian army on Friday accused the Russians of not being able to “respect even their own statements”.
The statement was accompanied by a video showing a plane dropping ammunition on the island at least twice, and what appeared to be white stripes sticking out above it.
Phosphorus weapons, which leave a distinctive white trail in the air, are incendiary weapons whose use against civilians is prohibited by an international convention, but allowed for military purposes.
Ukraine has accused Russia of using them multiple times since it invaded its neighbor in late February, including in civilian areas, allegations Moscow denies.
Ukraine claimed the Russians were forced to withdraw from the island after coming under a barrage of artillery and rocket fire.
Snake Island became famous after a radio exchange went viral at the start of the war, in which Ukrainian soldiers respond with “go [expletive] yourself” to a Russian warship that called on them to surrender.
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