The United States fears the use of “chemical agents” in Mariupol by the Russians.
The United States on Tuesday reported “credible information” about the possibility that Russia may use “chemical agents” in its offensive to take the Ukrainian city of Mariupol. According to the head of the American diplomacy Antony Blinken, “the Russian forces could use different anti-riot agents, including tear gas mixed with chemical agents” against “Ukrainian fighters and civilians as part of their aggressive campaign to take Mariupol”. .
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“We are sharing this information with Ukraine” and “are in direct contact with our partners to determine what is happening now, it is a real concern”, he declared to the press, while affirming not be “able to confirm” recent accusations that Russian forces have already used chemical weapons in Mariupol.
“It is a concern that we had even before the beginning of the aggression” of Russia against Ukraine, “I had warned against the possibility of recourse to this type of weapon, and it is something that we are following very, very closely,” insisted the Secretary of State.