Russian President Vladimir Putin has been accused of using banned white phosphorus weapons in his invasion of Ukraine amid growing fears he will resort to chemical warfare to overthrow the country.
US leader Joe Biden has commented on Putin’s growing desperation, with the Kremlin’s “back against the wall” in the face of its blocking efforts to fully occupy Ukraine.
President Biden revealed that recent Russian propaganda, which claims that the United States and Ukraine would use chemical or biological weapons, was a clear indicator that the Kremlin would not hesitate to use either.
Amid growing concerns in the west, top Kremlin press secretary Dmitry Peskov has still not ruled out the possibility of Russia using nuclear weapons, telling CNN it could if there was “an existential threat to our country”.
Ukrainian authorities have since accused Vladimir Putin of using white phosphorus munitions on the town of Kramatorsk, although not officially considered a chemical weapon, the banned substance can constitute a war crime when used on civilians.
Human Rights Watch condemned the use, saying incendiary weapons are “among the cruellest” in modern warfare because of the increased suffering they cause.
“What we see is an almost desperate attempt by the Russians to gain momentum and try to turn the tide in their favor,” a defense official said of the use of the banned substance.
Russia’s criminal advances were blocked by immense and unexpected resistance from Ukrainian troops, with reports that Moscow lost around 10,000 troops and many more withdrew.
Speaking to business leaders in Washington DC, President Biden affirmed; “Putin’s back is against the wall.”
“Now he’s talking about new false flags he’s putting up, including saying we in America have biological and chemical weapons in Europe, just plain wrong.” continued the American leader.
“They also suggest that Ukraine has biological and chemical weapons in Ukraine. It’s a clear sign that he plans to use both.
Earlier this month, Joe Biden warned the Russian leader of the “severe price” that would be paid by the Kremlin if chemical warfare was indeed used.