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A chemical weapon is a specialized munition that can cause death, injury, temporary incapacitation or sensory irritation through its chemical action. They are classified as weapons of mass destruction.
Chemical weapons are distinct from nuclear weapons, biological weapons, and radiological weapons. Munitions or other delivery devices designed to deliver them, whether filled or unfilled, are also considered weapons. Here you can find an automatic compilation of all DW content referring to chemical weapons.
There are some striking parallels between Russian military tactics in Syria and now in Ukraine, says Hanna Notte, an expert at the Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non‑Proliferation. Examining them further is useful.