Russia is using "vacuum bomb" Banned internationally for its invasion of Ukraine

Ukraine (Reuters + AFP) – 01/03/2022. 03:33

Russia targets civilian and military facilities

  • Zelensky calls for Russian aviation ban
  • Zelensky accuses Russia of war crimes

Ukrainian Ambassador to the United States Oksana Markarova said, Russia A vacuum bomb was used on Monday in its invasion of Ukraine.

“They used the vacuum bomb, which is already prohibited by the Geneva Convention … the destruction that Moscow is trying to inflict on Ukraine is great,” Markarova said after giving testimony to members of the US Congress.

For his part, the Ukrainian President Volodymyr ZelenskyThe time has come for the West to consider imposing a no-fly zone for Russian planes, missiles and helicopters, against the backdrop of the Russian bombing of the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv.

In a video speech, Zelensky did not specify how the no-fly zone would be imposed and who would enforce it.

He said that Russia launched 56 missile strikes and launched 113 cruise missiles on Ukraine in the past five days, that is, since the start of its invasion of Ukraine on the twenty-fourth of February.

Zelensky accused Moscow of war crimes and said it should be referred to an international court.

He said that Moscow continued to bomb Ukrainian cities during the first round of talks with Ukrainian officials in Belarus today.

“I think Russia is trying to apply pressure in this way… Do not waste time. We do not accept such schemes. Fair negotiations can happen when one of the parties does not hit the other with artillery and while the negotiations are taking place,” he said.

In The Hague, the International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor, Karim Khan, said he would seek the court’s approval to open an investigation into alleged war crimes in Ukraine.

Khan said the investigation would look into alleged abuses dating back to 2014, when Ukraine recognized the court’s jurisdiction.

The public prosecutor will first have to obtain authorization from a court room to open an investigation.

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