As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine falters, the Kremlin may be preparing chemical attacks against the country, the Center for Countering Disinformation at the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine reported in the Telegram messenger channel on March 23.
The center said Russian television channels daily tell their audience about the mythical laboratories allegedly creating chemical weapons in Ukraine.
"The enemy is 'processing' the Russian population (into accepting) the fact of the use of chemical weapons by 'nationalists against the civilian population,'" the center wrote.
"We emphasize there are no such laboratories in Ukraine."
The center recalled the actions need to be taken during a chemical attack:
• tightly close windows and doors, ventilation openings, chimneys;
• seal cracks in windows with paper or tape;
• turn on the TV set or radio for instructions;
• warn your relatives about the danger and possible evacuation.
In case of evacuation during a chemical attack:
• take a first aid kit;
• dress with as little exposed skin as possible;
• use gas masks or cotton-gauze bandages moistened with water or better with a 2-5% solution of baking soda (for chlorine damage), acetic or citric acid (for ammonia damage);
• leave the property by the stairs, not an elevator;
• do not touch any objects outside.
On March 23, U.S. President Joe Biden said that Russia's potential use of chemical weapons against Ukraine was a real threat.
The SBU Security Service of Ukraine announced that the Russian occupiers were seriously considering the possibility of blowing up ammonia warehouses in Ukraine's Kharkiv Oblast so as to blame the Ukrainian military, as well as working on several options for other provocations, producing fake news.
The Guardian, a UK daily newspaper, also reported on March 9 that Russia could be setting the stage to use a chemical weapon in Ukraine. White House Press Secretary Jennifer Psaki also confirmed these reports.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has also denied false claims by Russian propaganda, emphasizing that no chemical or any other weapons of mass destruction have been developed in Ukraine.
According to Zelensky, such statements may indicate that Russia plans to resort to such an attack.
During the UN Security Council meeting convened by Russia allegedly over the development of "biological weapons in Ukraine," Washington and its allies accused Russia of spreading an unsubstantiated assertion. The diplomats pointed out that this could be preparation for Russia's biological or chemical attacks.
The U.S. envoy to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, said Washington was "deeply concerned" that Russia had called the session as a "false flag effort" to lay the groundwork for its own use of biological or chemical weapons in Ukraine.