Here is another alleged video depicting the same thing from a different angle or from a totally different incident.
I have also seen these videos on Youtube and Twitter throughout the day while I'm at work. Many people are claiming that this is old footage from
Iraq, and I cannot confirm or deny that claim. The counter claim to this being in Iraq, is that people are allegedly speaking Russian or Ukrainian (in
the first video).
My first concern is to find out if these videos take place in Ukraine or Iraq...I do not want to promote a hoax and would like to expose this as a
fake if it does in fact turn out to be hoax.
I would like to politely ask my fellow ATS members to assist me in verifying this.
If white phosphorus is being used in the Ukraine then this may be a major escalation. It could be a ploy by the West to try and pressure Russia to
respond to justify further escalations (just a theory). Either way, if true, the Ukrainian Army should not be using white phosphorous on it's own
I do know that it's an incendiary weapon and there are laws on its use:
According to the Protocol III of the UN Convention on Conventional Weapons governing the use of incendiary weapons:
prohibits the use of incendiary weapons against civilians (effectively a reaffirmation of the general prohibition on attacks against civilians in
Additional Protocol I to the Geneva Conventions)
prohibits the use of air-delivered incendiary weapons against military targets located within concentrations of civilians and loosely regulates the
use of other types of incendiary weapons in such circumstances.
Protocol III states though that incendiary weapons do not include:
Munitions which may have incidental incendiary effects, such as illuminates, tracers, smoke or signaling systems;
Munitions designed to combine penetration, blast or fragmentation effects with an additional incendiary effect, such as armour-piercing projectiles,
fragmentation shells, explosive bombs and similar combined-effects munitions in which the incendiary effect is not specifically designed to cause burn
injury to persons, but to be used against military objectives, such as armoured vehicles, aircraft and installations or facilities.
Honestly, I do hope that this is a hoax because the last thing I want is an escalation with this kind of weapon - it may pave the road for nastier
weapons to be used.
Is this real? (I need your help guys)
And if it is real, what are your thoughts on the Ukrainian Army using White Phosphorous on its own citizens...
If these videos turn out to be a hoax, can this thread please be placed in the Deconstructing Disinformation forum as this is where the thread would
belong if the portrayals of the videos are fake (in my humble opinion of course).
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Please note that I welcome everyone's opinion, but please do not present your opinion as fact unless you can back it up. These threads usually cause
some members to react out of bias with complete disregard of any facts and evidence.
At this point this is purely speculation without much to go on in the way of evidence or facts.
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Personally, I'm very confident that these videos depict white phosphorous. My concern is to distinguish whether or not this is taking place in Iraq or
the Ukraine. People on social media are arguing about where it's actually taking place...neither side has made a compelling case to back up their
claims. I'm no expert linguist but it does sound like they are speaking Russian in the first video though.
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US used it on Iraqi citizens. If this gets a lot of media attention, then they better think about charging Bush junior with war crimes. Personally i
understand its a big deal, but it is War, the enemy could care less how the person dies. whether he catches a bullet in the lung and suffocates or
bleeds to death, or white hot phosphorus burns through his whole body, leaving a gaping cavity.
Whatever's in that daytime video is less visible. Most likely due to the camera which is being used and the day light, but part of me fears it may be
CGI but I am not sure as it does look real, just not as visible as the other videos.
Hopefully we can have more members share their analysis.
The video you shared, and the first video in the OP make it seem to be true.
I have no reason to be uncomfortable in answering your question: I don't live in either Ukraine, nor Russia, but still pretty close, in Romania.
Also from what I can make out of the video, they seem to be filming in an uninhabited area just south of the Kramatorsk airport, controlled by the
Ukrainian troops. At times during the video gunfire can be heard, so it could make sense that they use WP to create smoke-screens to protect their
troops guarding the airport.
And as a side-note, the journo reporting this is Sasha Kots, a Russian journo from Komsomolskaya Pravda, who has been banned from entry into Ukraine
some time ago but seems to pop back in time and again.
LE: My attempt at geolocation:
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There are multiple international laws that could be seen to regulate white phosphorus use. Article 1 of Protocol III of the Convention on
Certain Conventional Weapons defines an incendiary weapon 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". The same protocol prohibits the use of said incendiary weapons against civilians (already forbidden by the Geneva Conventions) or in
civilian areas. The convention also defines weapons which are not to be considered to be incendiary weapons.
(i) Munitions which may have incidental incendiary effects, such as illuminants, tracers, smoke or signalling systems;
(ii) Munitions designed to combine penetration, blast or fragmentation effects with an additional incendiary effect.
There are videos on YT of the US Army training with WP rounds for the purpose of creating smoke screens, so I would say yes, it probably is used, but
not for attacking population or whatever Russian media is claiming it is used for.
I would agree with you in regards to the third video that a member shared later in the thread, but the first video in the OP with what appears to be
Russian speakers, then they would not be using WP as a smoke screen (that being if the first video can be proven to be true).
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