Russian Digest- 3/25
Top stories I'm keeping an eye on
Ukraine’s president has accused invading Russian forces of using white phosphorus, a controversial chemical substance that can cause severe and indiscriminate harm to civilians.
“This morning, by the way, there were phosphorus bombs. Phosphorus Russian bombs. Adults were killed again and children were killed again,” President Volodymyr Zelensky said during a virtual address to NATO leaders on Thursday, as the military alliance held an emergency summit on Russia’s war in Ukraine. via Washington Post
The Russian military is moving troops stationed in the country of Georgia into Ukraine as reinforcements, according to a senior US defense official.
The US had seen “movement of some number of troops from Georgia,” the defense official told reporters, adding that the Pentagon could not provide a number for how many troops Moscow was moving or the timeline that they were on.
“We now have indications that they are drawing on forces from Georgia to Ukraine,” the official said, adding they were not tracking their movements from the air. via CNN
Three French nuclear missile submarines have been deployed at sea simultaneously for the first time in three decades as a response to Russian nuclear saber-rattling.
Two of France’s four Triomphant-class ballistic missile submarines have left their base at Ile Longue, south of Brest, bolstering the single vessel that is normally on permanent patrol under the Atlantic, according to the Telegramme, the newspaper of the Breton port. The last time three were deployed at once was in the decade before the end of the Cold War during a US-Soviet standoff over medium-range missiles in Europe. via The Times
Ukrainian authorities have appealed to the International Committee of the Red Cross to obtain from Russia lists of citizens forcibly deported from Mariupol and to provide them with the opportunity to return to Ukraine. via Ukrainian Pravda
For more context, this is what has been happening across a few cities in Ukraine.
5. InformNapalm: Antidote is being issued to the Russian military. They may be preparing to use chemical weapons in Ukraine.