Vinnitsia, Ukraine – On Monday, a spokesman for the pro-Russian separatist “People’s Republic of Donetsk” Eduard Pasur appeared on a Russian television channel and raised fears that chemical weapons might be used in Ukraine.
“I think [Russian troops ] We have to go back to the chemical warfare forces and find a way to get the stains out of their holes, ”he said in a televised comment, referring to members of the Ukrainian service in Mariupol.
For weeks, Ukraine’s Azov battalion militants have been buried in an underground maze beneath a vast metal plant in the besieged southern city, thwarting dozens of Russian attacks – and thwarting Moscow’s plans to build a ground bridge between southeastern and annexed separatist areas of Ukraine. Crimea
Underground corridors can be a scary place for the use of chemical weapons, which have limited use on the open field battlefield because the Armed Forces are usually equipped with safety gear.
Pasur’s words came after Azov leader Andrei Pletzky said on Monday that a Russian drone had sprayed a chemical gas on the battalion’s positions.
“As for the practical side of the strike – it’s not big. All three have clear signs of chemical toxicity, but without any catastrophic consequences,” Pilatesky said in a telegram-posted video.
According to a Moscow-based expert, Russia could use “unchanging special supplies” to deactivate Ukrainian troops.
“There are chemical weapons, but there are so-called non-lethal special substances, that’s all [separatist spokesman Basurin] Igor Nikulin told the Kremlin’s pro-news site Gazeta.ru on Monday.
He said similar materials were used when Russian special forces used aerosols on dozens of Chechen fighters during the 2002 hostage crisis in Moscow and seized the theater with hundreds of spectators – more than 100 people were killed in the incident.
“Our country does not use chemical weapons. But special items – maybe, “said Nichols, who took the controversial position.
As part of the Chemical Weapons Conference, Russia said it had destroyed all its chemical weapons.
Russia has never released the formula of an agent that seduced Chechen fighters and spectators; Independent media reports say most of the victims were killed by agents.
Western scholars later said that the aerosol was a combination of two opioid-based anesthetics – carbendazim, used as a calming agent for large animals, and remifentan, a strong morphine-like painkiller.
‘We take this as seriously as possible’
Hours after Pasur’s statement, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zhelensky called on Western nations to impose tougher sanctions on Moscow.
“One of the mouthpieces of the invaders said that chemical weapons could be used against Mariupol’s bodyguards. We are taking this as seriously as possible,” he said in a video address late Monday. “We are taking it very seriously.”
The Pentagon responded to Zelenskyy by saying that the reports were “deep” if confirmed.
These include US sanctions on a nation over its use of chemical weapons, suspension of foreign aid and financial aid, embargo on arms sales, exports of security-sensitive goods and technologies, bank loans, restrictions on imports and suspension of diplomatic relations.
The Pentagon said there had been earlier reports of Moscow’s potential for the use of riot control agents, including “chemical agents mixed with tear gas”, but could not confirm claims that there were obvious logistical problems in sending a sample from war – torn Mariupol to the West. Laboratory.
Moscow has rejected Western claims that chemical weapons could be used in Ukraine as part of a “smear campaign” against Russia.
Chemical weapons use toxins such as chlorine, mustard gas or sarin, which can quickly poison or kill people. Specialists need samples of items such as victims’ remains, blood or urine tests for expensive mass spectrometry and case chromatography tests, making them very difficult to diagnose.
Chlorine-like gases disperse without leaving any trace, making it difficult to prove chlorine attack.
The United Kingdom has also responded to reports that a minister has threatened Russian President Vladimir Putin with sanctions.
“Some things are beyond the color of light, and the answer lies in the use of chemical weapons,” Armed Forces Minister James Heepy told Sky News, adding that “the use of such weapons is” all options.
Russia is said to be involved in chemical weapons
While chemical weapons were banned in 1972, Russia has been accused of using them in recent years.
According to laboratory tests conducted in three Western countries, in an attempt to assassinate opposition leader Alexei Navalny, Russian agents allegedly poisoned him in 2020 with a Novichok nerve agent.
The Soviet-created toxin discovered in Navalny was poisoned in 2018 by Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skribal and his daughter Yulia, who escaped from a group of chemical weapons used in the UK. They escaped the attack, but were hospitalized for several weeks after the incident, which has also been blamed on Russia.
The Novaya Gazette newspaper, a critical media outlet that recently suspended operations amid repression of the Russian opposition, claimed in 2003 that Novichok had poisoned and assassinated its deputy editor-in-chief, Yuri Shekhochik.
In 2017, the United States accused Russia of creating a “false propaganda” to help the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Intelligence reports and “massive” evidence The White House claimed that the April 2017 attack in Gauteng was carried out.