“Chemical warfare” in Ukraine: Russia destroys a tank of nitric acid

Has Russia launched chemical attacks in Ukraine? – On Friday, the White House said the latest Ukraine aid package — which included $100 million worth of munitions and Javelin missile systems — was given with a view to helping Ukrainian fighters retaliate in case Russia would deploy chemical or biological weapons.

At a White House press briefing, press secretary Jen Psaki said supplies were being shipped to Ukraine immediately in light of warnings from several governments and intelligence agencies that Russia may be planning a false flag attack to establish a pretext for the use of chemicals. weapons.

We asked PSAKI on reports that Washington would also provide Ukraine with gas masks and protective equipment, to which it responded with a general promise that the package would include “lifesaving equipment and supplies that could be deployed in the event of an emergency. Russian use of a chemical or biological weapon.”

A few days later on Tuesday, the head of the Luhansk regional military administration, Serhii Haidai, revealed in a telegram station that Russian troops fired missiles at a nitric acid tank in Rubizhne, creating a potentially deadly environment for the local population.

The attack prompted local officials to warn residents to stay in bomb shelters if possible and to close the windows and doors of their homes to avoid breathing in the acid. When ingested, nitric acid can cause drowsiness, dizziness, bronchiolitis, and even blindness.

“Prepare protective masks soaked in soda solution. When applied topically to the eyes, nitric acid causes severe damage with extensive necrosis of the cornea and conjunctiva, leading to loss of vision,” said Haidai.

[1945[1945 was unable to independently confirm the claims.

why is it important

Luhansk, a disputed part of eastern Ukraine that Russian President Vladimir Putin declared “independent” in a presidential decree before launching an invasion into Ukraine, is a prime target for Russian troops as they withdraw from the west of the country. Luhansk is one of two regions in the country with separatist and pro-Kremlin forces and governments.

An attack in the area could help Russian troops gain control of the area, but could potentially backfire if it injures civilians that Russian President Vladimir Putin claims is trying to free.

A government official told Fox News that if the tank containing nitric acid was destroyed on purpose, with the intention of releasing nitrogen dioxide gas into the air, then it “could be called a chemical weapons event”.

Not only would such an escalation likely lead to further chemical weapons attacks in the country, but could potentially trigger direct NATO intervention and World War III.

President Joe Biden promised in late March at a summit with European and NATO leaders in Brussels that NATO would respond “in nature” to Russian use of chemical weapons – indicating that the United States or an allied nation may deploy chemical weapons against Russian troops in response.

The president later backtracked on that claim, however, and told Fox News’ Peter Doocy that he would not reveal how his government would react to the use of chemical weapons.

Nevertheless, if the Rubizhne attack was a coordinated chemical attack, this indicates a significant escalation of this conflict.

Jack Buckby is a British author, counter-extremism researcher and journalist based in New York. Reporting from the UK, Europe and the US, it strives to analyze and understand left and right radicalisation, and reports on Western government approaches to pressing issues of today. His books and research papers explore these themes and offer pragmatic solutions to our increasingly polarized society.