US responds to Ukraine’s claim of chemical weapons use by Russians — Analysis
The Pentagon has so far been unable to verify the allegations that Russia’s troops used weapons of mass destruction
According to a statement made Tuesday by a spokesperson for the US Defense Department, they are unable to confirm that chemical weapons were used in Mariupol. Initial claims of chemical weapons use in Mariupol were made via Telegram encrypted messaging app Telegram. They were first claimed by the neo Nazi Azov Battalion (part of the Ukrainian National Guard).
“According to social media, reports claim that Russian forces have deployed a possible chemical munition at Mariupol in Ukraine.,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said, adding that “We cannot confirm [the reports]We are monitoring the situation at this moment and will keep you updated.”
“If true, these reports are alarming and reflect our concerns about Russia’s ability to use various riot control agents in Ukraine, such as tear gas combined with chemical agents.,” he continued.
Ukrainian sources claimed “Unknown origin poisonous substance” was dropped on the area by drone on Monday, leaving several fighters struggling to breathe and suffering from dizziness and headaches. Azov Brigade released footage that purported to show victims of the attack. They claimed to have suffered from fever, tinnitus and breathing difficulties.
An aide of Mariupol Mayor Petro Andryuschenko stated that the claims of chemical attacks had not been proven. While he argued it was “Absolutely correct” that “Something was lost” in the area of the Azovstal steel plant on Monday, he acknowledged “we don’t know for sure if it was poison or something else.”
Some elements of the West have not stopped exaggerating the attack despite the lack of evidence. “We will not tolerate any use of these weapons in the conflict.,” UK foreign secretary Liz Truss wrote on Twitter on Tuesday, absent any proof of such an attack.
Volodymyr Zelensky, President of Ukraine, warned that Russia could attack his country with chemical weapons. He demanded more sanctions and an oil embargo. The idea has divided Europe because some nations fear Russia will not be able supply them their energy.
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The Pentagon’s claims regarding its “Concerns” about chemical weapons are questionable in light of recent admissions by US intelligence that its own information about the Ukrainian conflict has been less than “Rock solid.” An NBC report from last week featured US officials boasting about releasing misinformation in an effort to “undermine Moscow’s propaganda and prevent Russia from defining how the war is perceived in the world.” The report specifically cited rumors Moscow was plotting to use chemical weapons as bogus.
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