Ukrainian news outlet InformNapalm cites three “independent” sources to support its claim that Russian President Vladimir Putin plans to use such a weapon to breach Ukraine’s defense lines. It says Russia could target Kyiv and other cities in the war-torn country with the nerve agent sarin.
It comes as US officials warn that Russia’s accusations that Ukraine may use chemical weapons are actually a lie and an indication that Moscow may use them.
President Joe Biden said Thursday that if Russia were to use chemical weapons in its invasion of Ukraine, the United States would respond.
InformNapalm said Mariupol, Kyiv, Mykolaiv or other cities in Ukraine where invading Russian forces have so far failed to break through Ukrainian defense lines could be targeted.
He added: “Our conclusions may seem premature or too apocalyptic, but after the missile attacks and the bombing of civilian infrastructure in Ukraine, which the Russian military has resorted to, we believe it is necessary to make this data and to try to thwart such Russian intentions.”
The volunteer-run media quoted a source as reporting that on March 17, medical personnel from the Main Directorate of the Russian Army’s General Staff handed over a nerve agent antidote to special operations forces. .
Officers were given vials of Pralidoxime (2-PAM), according to the unverified claim. This is used to treat poisoning with organophosphates, according to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.
A second source quoted by InformNapalm said that on March 20, Russian military command personnel received ampoules of atropine, which is also known as an effective antidote for nerve agent poisoning.
The latest source said that on March 23, they spotted a truck of Russian invaders that appeared to be carrying caustic soda. This can be used to neutralize toxic substances.
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According to the allegation, the truck was driving through the Kherson region towards the city of Mykolaiv.
InformNapalm also said it has observed “disturbing” media reports, including a number of Russian media citing statements by the Russian NBCP troop leader, Lt. Gen. Igor Kirillov, alleging there may be a leak. biological laboratory pathogens working on US orders. in Kherson.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said in Brussels on Thursday that Russia feared trying to create a pretext for its own actions by accusing Ukraine and its allies of using chemical weapons.
He said the accusations are a pretext for Russia to do the same, adding: “We have tried to be very clear about the seriousness of using such chemical weapons.
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“These are agents who should never be employed and certainly not on the battlefield because we fear Russia will.”
The Kremlin said on Friday that US talk of Russia’s possible use of chemical weapons in Ukraine was a tactic to distract from embarrassing issues for Washington.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said any use of chemical, biological or nuclear weapons by Russia will be viewed with utter horror by world leaders.
He added: “There is a visceral horror of the use of these weapons of mass destruction.
“I think if Putin were to engage in something like this, the consequences would be very, very serious.”
He continued: “I think it would be catastrophic for him if he did that, and I think he understands that.”
Express.co.uk could not verify any of the claims reported by InformNapalm.