Russia has used in Ukraine more than 210 types of weapons prohibited by international treatiesmost of them cluster munitions, which can pose a serious risk to civilian lives even decades after the war ends, The New York Times said on Monday.
To reach this conclusion, the American newspaper has examined more than 1,000 photographs taken by its own photojournalists and photographers of wire services working on the ground in Ukraine, as well as visual evidence submitted by Ukrainian government and military agencies.
The newspaper describes "surprisingly barbaric and old-fashioned warfare" the one developed by Moscow, which has hit Ukrainian cities and towns with a barrage of rockets and other munitions, most of which can be considered relics of the Cold War, and much of which has been widely banned by international treaties.
The attacks have made repeated and widespread use of weapons that kill, maim and destroy indiscriminately, which is a possible violation of international humanitarian law, quotes the newspaper.
these attacks they have left civilians, including children, dead and injured, and have destroyed critical infrastructure such as schools and homes.
The newspaper’s journalists identified and categorized more than 450 cases in which weapons or groups of weapons were found in Ukraine. In total, there were more than 2,000 identifiable pieces of ammunition.
In addition, the American media assures that the use of this type of weapon by Russia has not been limited or anomalous. In fact, it has formed the backbone of the country’s war strategy since the beginning of the invasion on February 24.
However, due to difficulties for complete information in times of war, these counts are underestimated.
Some of the weapons identified may have been fired by Ukrainian forces in an effort to fend off invasion, but evidence points to much greater use by Russian forces.
The vast majority of the weapons identified by the journal were unguided munitions, which lack precision and as a result can be used in larger numbers to destroy a single target.
Both factors increase the probability that projectiles and rockets will fall in areas populated by civilians, the newspaper emphasizes.