Blinken: We Cannot Confirm the Use of Chemical Weapons in Ukraine

Dr. Margaret Kosal

Posted April 12, 2022

External Article: Voice of America

Margaret E. Kosal, an associate professor in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, was interviewed for the article, 'Blinken: We Cannot Confirm the Use of Chemical Weapons in Ukraine' which was published on April 12, 2022 on Voice of America.

An excerpt:

First of all, you need to get evidence. One type of weapon that could conceivably have been used, and which is often used in urban warfare, is white phosphorus. White phosphorus is not a chemical weapon. It is used primarily as a smoke generating agent, which can also be used as a military incendiary. Phosphorus can cause burns and harm people if used accidentally or intentionally. It does not apply to chemical weapons, but falls under the existing ban on the use of indiscriminate weapons against civilians. And this, in any case, qualifies as a war crime,’ says Kosal.