Russian invaders could have used chemically-altered tear gas in Mariupol, warns US rep to OSCE

23 April, 05:41 PM
The consequences of the shelling of Mariupol (Photo:REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko)

The consequences of the shelling of Mariupol (Photo:REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko)

The U.S. Permanent Representative to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Michael Carpenter, warned that Russian forces may have used chemically-altered tear gas in Mariupol, Ukrinform reported on April 23.

“We are currently monitoring reports that Russian forces used chemical weapons in an attack on Mariupol,” he said during a session of the OSCE’s Permanent Council.

“There is credible information that Russian forces could use a variety of riot control agents, including tear gas mixed with chemical agents, that would cause stronger symptoms, to weaken, incapacitate Ukrainian soldiers and civilians, as part of the aggressive campaign to capture Mariupol.”

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The United States and its allies intend to carefully study any possible information pertaining to the use of chemical weapons in Mariupol, he notes.

“We must now urgently gather the evidence needed to ensure there is accountability for what could well be another war crime in Ukraine,” he added.

On Apr. 11, the Azov Battalion reported that Russian invaders used an unknown poisonous substance against the Ukrainian military and civilians in Mariupol, which was dropped from an unmanned aerial vehicle. The victims suffered from respiratory failure and coordination dysfunction.

The Pentagon has stated that they do not yet have evidence that Russian invaders used chemical weapons in Mariupol. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that the world must react preventively, before chemical agents are used in the country.

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