US accuses Russia of using chemical weapon in Ukraine

Srinagar, May 02 (KNS): The US State Department has accused Russia of having used a chemical weapon against Ukrainian forces in violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention, reports said on Thursday.

Reports said that in addition to the chemical agent chloropicrin, Russia also used "riot control agents (tear gas) as a method of warfare in Ukraine, also in violation of the CWC.

"The use of such chemicals is not an isolated incident, and is probably driven by Russian forces' desire to dislodge Ukrainian forces from fortified positions and achieve tactical gains on the battlefield," the State Department, as per reports, said.Click Here To Follow Our WhatsApp Channel

Russia has said it no longer possesses a military chemical arsenal, but the country faces pressure for more transparency over the alleged use of toxic weapons.

According to the US National Institutes of Health, the chemical chloropicrin is used both as a warfare agent and pesticide. If inhaled, it poses a health risk. (KNS) 

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