Russia used chemical weapons in the Donetsk region

The occupiers are dropping K-51 aerosol grenades from drones.

Border guards confirm the use of chemical weapons by Russian invaders in the Donetsk region.

According to the State Border Service on Facebook, the occupiers are using banned chemical weapons – K-51 aerosol grenades.

In particular, Russian invaders dropped several of these grenades from a drone on Ukrainian defenders in the Donetsk region. One of the grenades did not explode.

“In order to protect themselves from the strong irritating effect of prohibited ammunition after the explosions, the border guards were forced to hold their positions for some time in chemical protective equipment,” the report says.

However, as the border guards note, the fighters continue to resist the enemy even in such conditions.

K-51 was developed in the 1970s in the USSR. After the fuse starts burning, a reaction occurs inside the grenade: the burning substance increases the pressure inside the case and knocks out the bottom of the grenade, spraying a cloud of chemicals.

An enemy caught in an aerosol cloud, without a gas mask, cannot resist and fire as the hands reflexively reach out to the face. The respiratory tract is permeated with shortness of breath with a cough; the nasal sinuses are filled with mucus.

The use of riot control chemicals (in particular, lacrimal agents) “as a means of warfare” is prohibited by the Chemical Weapons Convention and the 1925 Geneva Protocol.

It is known that Russian terrorists used such grenades during the battles for the Donetsk airport terminals in 2015. At that time, the use of a tear poisonous substance by Russian militants against Ukrainian defenders was repeatedly noticed.