Russian Aggression in Ukraine: Russia tests prohibited laser weapons on Ukraine's soldiers – head of Border Guard Service

20:03 Aug. 13, 2016

Russia tests prohibited laser weapons on Ukraine's soldiers – head of Border Guard Service

A Ukrainian soldier looks via binoculars as he guards his positions near the town of Maryinka in Donetsk region, Ukraine, on Sept.18, 2015 (UNIAN photo)

Three border guards suffered retinal burns

Head of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine Viktor Nazarenko reported the first cases when Russia used banned laser weapons against Ukrainian border guards.

"Earlier Russians tested their laser weapon on our soldiers. As a result, three servicemen of State Border Service received retinal burns. The situation is very serious, doctors were able to recover only peripheral vision, but they still do not have the central vision," Nazarenko said in an exclusive interview for the Interfax-Ukraine news agency.

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The head of the Border Guard Service noted that the incident happened at Maryinka checkpoint in Donetsk region when Ukrainian border guards were conducting surveillance via binoculars and a monocle.

"At that time Russians used a special laser device that is banned by the Convention", - he said.

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Protocol IV of the United Nations Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons, or the Protocol on Blinding Laser Weapons, prohibits to employ laser weapons specifically designed, as their sole combat function or as one of their combat functions, to cause permanent blindness to unenhanced vision, that is to the naked eye or to the eye with corrective eyesight devices.

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