NATO Scrambles to Prepare Response Amid Fears Russia May Use Phosphorous Bombs

( Last week, before the US and NATO met in Brussels to discuss, among other things, a potential response to the possibility of Moscow using chemical, biological, or nuclear weapons in Ukraine, Russian forces were accused of using white phosphorous munitions in eastern Ukraine.

In a Telegram post on Monday, the deputy head of police in Kyiv, Oleksiy Biloshytskiy claimed the Russian “occupiers” were using “phosphorous bombs” in the eastern city of Kramatorsk, however, the claim has not been independently verified.

ITV global correspondent Rohit Kachroo posted a video on Twitter that he claimed showed phosphorous burning in the sky over the northwestern suburbs of Kyiv on Tuesday.

In a post on Telegram, the mayor of Irpin, Oleksandr Markushyn also accused Russia of using “phosphate munitions” in the northwestern suburbs of Kyiv. Calling the act “a crime against humanity,” Markushyn claimed such munitions violate the Geneva Conventions.

While the Convention of Conventional Weapons bans incendiary munitions, white phosphorous is not included in the ban. However, the use of such air-dropped weapons over civilian areas is prohibited.

In Brussels on Thursday, NATO members met with White House national security officials known as the “Tiger Team” who have prepared possible responses if Russian attacks encroach on NATO territory.

With Russia’s invasion facing setbacks, Western leaders fear that Putin may resort to chemical weapons. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said the use of chemical weapons would “change the nature of the conflict” and “have far-reaching consequences.”

During his press conference in Brussels on Thursday, President Biden was asked by ABC News’ White House correspondent Cecilia Vega how the US and NATO would respond if Russia uses chemical weapons in Ukraine.

The reckless President declared that using chemical weapons “would trigger a response in-kind.”

Immediately, the White House was forced to walk back the president’s reckless remarks. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan told reporters on Friday that the United States has “no intention of using chemical weapons.” Sullivan explained that what the president meant to say was the US would “respond accordingly.”