White phosphorus bomb wreaked havoc on Donbass, which the Nazis called Fleming Union, know how dangerous it is

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Kyiv: The war between Russia and Ukraine continues for the 19th consecutive day. So far, thousands of people from both the countries have died in this war. Most of the dead are civilians from Ukraine, although the armies of both countries have also suffered a lot in the war. Meanwhile, Ukraine claimed that the Russian army on Sunday attacked the town of Popasna in the eastern Luhansk region with a managed bomb overnight. Ukrainian Defense Ministry spokesman Markian Lubkivsky warned that Russian President Vladimir Putin was using Syria’s tactics. He claimed that Putin intended to turn several cities in Ukraine into Aleppo. Aleppo is a large city in Syria, where the Russian army, which came to aid the Bashar al-Assad government during the civil war, was accused of using banned phosphorus bombs on the city.

Explosives made of white phosphorus are extremely lethal
The white phosphorus munition is a UN-banned weapon. It is used in smoke, lights and during war to make the bomb more lethal. This weapon is dangerous because it burns rapidly after coming in contact with air. Due to which the severe heat and poisonous smoke can kill a person immediately. It can be used to set fire to clothing, fuel, ammunition and other flammable materials. Due to which the enemy has to suffer great losses. White phosphorus is also a good smoke producing substance. It reacts with air to emit white smoke called phosphorus pentoxide.

It is also used for preparing smoke cover.
It is also a very popular war material. It is used by the infantry to hide itself from the eyes of the enemies. The infantrymen are given grenades filled with white phosphorus, which produces smoke. Apart from this, they are also used in smoke grenades installed for protection on tanks and other armored vehicles. The job of these weapons is to reduce the visibility to zero by creating a cloud of white smoke. Their use is not prohibited, but they may not be legally used with any explosives. Because, due to exposure to white phosphorus, death is very painful. More people get injured due to severe burns than by the use of this explosive.

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White phosphorus burns at 2,760 °C
White phosphorus burns at temperatures up to 2,760 °C (5,000 °F). In such a situation, millions of its particles produced by the explosion spread in all four directions with a plume of white smoke. Any person can die immediately due to its grip. Its particles penetrate deep inside the human body. In such a situation, if a person gets treatment even after a burn with white phosphorus, then his chances of survival are very less. Their particles keep burning until they end themselves or they stop getting oxygen.

What is the history of white phosphorus
Irish nationalists (Fenians) are believed to have first used white phosphorus in the 19th century as a solution in carbon disulfide. When carbon disulfide evaporated, then white phosphorus caused a fierce fire in that place. This mixture was known as the Fenian Fire. In 1916, before the start of World War I, police in Sydney, Australia arrested 12 industrial workers for using banned chemicals. These people were also accused of using white phosphorus. However, by 1920 most of these accused were released.

Used in World War I and World War II
White phosphorus was used extensively in both the First and Second World Wars. The British Army first demonstrated a factory-made white phosphorus grenade in late 1916 during World War I. During World War I, the United States, Commonwealth countries and the Japanese military used a lot of bombs made of white phosphorus. The Royal Air Force based in Iraq also used white phosphorus bombs in Anbar Province during the Iraqi insurgency of 1920. By this time white phosphorus was widely used in mortars, shells, rockets and grenades.

Used in the Korea, Vietnam and Chechen Wars
Bombs made of white phosphorus were also used extensively in the Korea War, the Vietnam War and the Chechen War. In the Vietnam War, white phosphorus was used to destroy the tunnels of Viet Cong rebels. Actually, the Communist rebels of Vietnam had laid a network of underground tunnels in the forests. Which was done to destroy and drive the rebels out of the tunnels. The white phosphorus would burn the oxygen present inside the tunnel, causing the rebels hiding in it to suffocate. British soldiers also used grenades extensively during the Falklands War. During the First Chechen War in Chechnya, Russian forces fired cannon balls made of white phosphorus at the Battle of Grozny.

White phosphorus has also been used in these wars.
Apart from this, the white phosphorus bomb was used extensively by the US Army in the Iraq War. Israel was also accused of using white phosphorus during the Arab-Israeli conflict. In 2009, the US military also fired white phosphorus bombs in Afghanistan. On May 10, Armenian forces fired 122 mm white phosphorus artillery on Azerbaijani territory during the 2016 Nagorno-Karabakh War. However, Armenia rejected its use outright. Even in the Syrian Civil War, the US accused the Russian military of using weapons made of white phosphorus in Aleppo.

[Attribution to NBT]

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