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Ukraine destruction: how the Guardian documented Russia’s use of illegal weapons

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At about midnight on 1 March 2022, a Russian air force jet dropped a series of 250kg Soviet-era explosives over Borodyanka, north of Kyiv. They were powerful FAB-250 bombs, designed to hit military targets such as ene...

Gaza weapons boast may come back to haunt Hamas

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In the rounds of fighting and violence between Hamas and Israel in Gaza in the last dozen years, one thing always has appeared baked into the proposition. For all their industriousness and attempts at innovation in de...

Ukraine’s film-makers can’t pick up guns, but their cameras are vital weapons

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Ukraine’s Maidan revolution of 2014, or as we call it, “the revolution of dignity”, coincided with the 11th year of a documentary film festival which takes place annually in Kyiv. The 2014 edition of Docudays UA start...

What are thermobaric weapons and how do they work?

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Fears have risen over the use of thermobaric weapons by Russia after the Ukrainian ambassador to the US said a vacuum bomb – another term for the weapon – had been used during the invasion. The use of such weapons, wh...

Biden’s $500m Saudi deal contradicts policy on ‘offensive’ weapons, critics say

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The Biden administration’s new $500m military contract with Saudi Arabia contradicts the spirit of the White House’s public policy to bar all “offensive” weapons sales to the kingdom for use against the Houthis in Yem...

To Vladimir Putin’s mind, chemical weapons might just seem a good idea

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The Kremlin’s attempt to take the chemical weapons issue to the UN security council, claiming that the US and Ukraine might seek to deploy them, is widely seen as a device to distract from any future use by its own fo...

Kim Jong-un says North Korea will use nuclear weapons ‘at any time’ if threatened

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The North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, has vowed to move faster in bolstering his nuclear forces and threatened to use them if provoked in a speech during a military parade that featured powerful weapons systems that c...

California to let citizens enforce ban on assault weapons, echoing Texas abortion law

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California governor Gavin Newsom has pledged to empower private citizens to enforce a ban on the manufacture and sale of assault weapons in the state, citing the same authority claimed by conservative lawmakers in Tex...

The EU border where refugees are treated as human weapons

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How the humanitarian crisis playing out on the border of Poland and Belarus became the latest front in the battle between President Lukashenko and the European Union How to ...

The Observer view on Boris Johnson’s plans to increase nuclear weapons

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The announcement that US and Iranian negotiators will join talks in Vienna this week to resurrect the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran is a rare advance at a time when global efforts to prevent the proliferation of nucle...

Russia ‘using weapons smuggled by Iran from Iraq against Ukraine’

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Russia is receiving munitions and military hardware sourced from Iraq for its war effort in Ukraine with the help of Iranian weapons smuggling networks, according to members of Iranian-backed Iraqi militias and region...

UK supplying Ukraine with anti-tank weapons, MPs told

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Britain has begun supplying Ukraine with new light anti-tank weapons in response to “the increasingly threatening behaviour from Russia”, the defence secretary, Ben Wallace, has announced The ratcheting up of militar...

‘New stage of terror’: Zelenskiy voices concern over possible chemical weapons attack – video

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Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy has voiced concerns that Russian forces could use chemical weapons in Ukraine but has not confirmed whether they have already been used. Zelenskiy said Russia claimed its forces...

US accuses Russia of ‘dangerous’ behavior after anti-satellite weapons test

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The US has accused Russia of “dangerous and irresponsible behavior” after it conducted an anti-satellite weapons test that forced astronauts on the International Space Station to prepare for evacuation. Russia fired a...

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