“The Guardian” and “Bellingcat” Confirm Use of Cluster Bombs Against Ukrainians

by Olha Povaliaieva
Wednesday, May 25, 2022
“The Guardian” and “Bellingcat” Confirm Use of Cluster Bombs Against Ukrainians

Experts from independent redactions published the results of investigations proving the use of prohibited weapons by Russians against Ukrainians and violations of the laws of war

On April 2, the entire Kyiv region was completely liberated. The main cities of the region, in which the Russians embodied all their perverted fantasies were Bucha, Irpen, Borodyanka, Gostomel, Motyzhin, and Katyuzhanka. In these cities, the first raped and hanged girls, mass graves of massively executed Ukrainians, residential areas destroyed by cluster bombs, and fragments of cluster weapons/flechettes in the corpses of people and animals were found.

A group of experts from the Guardian visited the de-occupied Bucha, Irpin, and Borodianka a couple of days after the Russian invaders left. All violations of the laws of war by the Hague and Geneva Conventions were documented and made public.

According to The Guardian, on March 1, the 6th day of the war of Russia against Ukraine, the Russians dropped multiple FAB-250 high-explosive bombs on Borodianka. This Soviet-made weapon is designed to destroy fortified military installations. However, in the small and quiet Borodianka, with a population of less than 13.000, there have never been such objects. FAB-250 is an unguided bomb. In a few seconds, more than 5 residential high-rise buildings split into pieces in Borodianka, instantly burying dozens of people under the rubble. The Russians did not allow Ukrainians to dig up the rubble of houses, because of which those Ukrainians who had a chance of salvation slowly died under tons of concrete from heavy injuries and shock. The same weapon was used against the civilian population in Bucha, Gostomel, and Irpin, resulting in hundreds of deaths. Moreover, these weapons were used by the USSR in the war against Afghanistan, and by Russia in Syria.

"While Russia claims it is trying to destroy military installations, evidence collected or analyzed by The Guardian during visits to Bucha, Gostomel, and Borodyanka and independently verified by weapons experts shows that these bombs were dropped on residential buildings and civilian infrastructure," The Guardian.

In the bodies of Ukrainians exhumed from the mass graves of Bucha and Irpin, forensic experts found flechettes, another banned weapon. The last time it was used during World War I as an anti-personnel weapon. However, it was banned due to inhuman injuries to the victim. A small dart in the human body breaks into pieces, turns into a hook, and tears the victim's body from the inside.

The use of chemical weapons was also recorded in the city of Gostomel. This is evidenced by a fighter of the International Legion Oleksii Bobrovnikov. 6 Legion soldiers were severely hit by a Russian sarin chemical attack. We remind you that sarin was multiple times used in Mariupol, Kharkiv and Sumy regions.

Bellingcat having studied the materials of The Guardian experts, confirmed the authenticity of the files and concluded that the Russian occupiers actually used cluster weapons and flechettes against the Ukrainians. Evidences of the use of these weapons are visible everywhere: slashed cars and buildings, fragments in the bodies of people and horses.

The conclusions of the forensic experts have been submitted to the International Criminal Court. In the next few months, the findings will be fully formed into an indictment against Russia and Putin.

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