It is difficult to say, with the information currently available, whether chemical weapons have been used in Ukraine. “Officially Russia is one of the countries adhering to the Paris Convention on Chemical Weapons of 1993, as well as the USA and China. A total of 193 states that have committed themselves to respecting the convention, but in this war it seems to me that they are jumping all certainties , the rules of coexistence and the right to war. In this situation I suspend all judgment because atrocious things are happening and everything is possible “. So at AdnKronos Maurizio Simoncelli, vice president of Iriad – Institute of International Research Archive Disarmament. “There are reports of people who have gotten sick, chemical weapons may have been used but there may also have been a bombing on a building containing toxic chemicals – he explains – When there are carpet bombings on shopping malls, fuel depots or quant ‘other, you never know what can happen. There are so many chemical products located in our cities that if stored well they are not dangerous but in case of spillage they can also be lethal “. The ills felt would therefore be attributable to the dispersion of a product chemical, but what is the origin of this dispersion “to date it is not yet certain, it could be an escape or it could be a bomb fired to test a new chemical weapon. All the hypotheses are open”. What is certain is that the possible use of chemical weapons “would represent a very worrying step forward in the escalation.” To return to chemical weapons, the Paris Convention and their ban, a separate discussion must be made for white phosphorus toxic agent by inhalation and ingestion that can be lethal “but does not fall under the Paris Convention because it is an ‘improper weapon’: it can be used to illuminate the battlefield but if used in areas where people and civilians are present it can have lethal effects. , is not prohibited by the convention “. But who is monitoring chemical weapons? “The organization of the Paris Convention, Opac, is activated with on-site inspections with inspection and routine activities such as visits to warehouses and industries that produce chemicals and it does so by giving a very short advance,” explains Simoncelli. weapons, he adds, “has never guaranteed victory to anyone. They are terrible weapons, of mass destruction, which make no difference between military and civilians, and difficult to use: if those who transport them to a theater of war are hit by the counterattack of the opponent, he risks his own troops. I would not be cynical, but the reason why 193 states have committed themselves to respecting the prohibition of chemical weapons is also because all in all it is a difficult weapon to use and which does not guarantee victory ” .
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