Russia makes use of First World War ‘chemical weapon’ in opposition to Ukrainian forces | EUROtoday

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Russian forces have used chemical weapons in opposition to Ukrainian troopers, the US mentioned on Wednesday.

According to the State Department, Moscow’s troops used the “chemical weapon chloropicrin” on the entrance traces of the warfare in Ukraine.

The colourless oily liquid was used extensively within the First World War, and causes extreme irritation to lungs, eyes and pores and skin.

Its use in warfare time was banned below the Chemical Weapons Convention of 1993.

“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 mentioned in an announcement.

Moscow’s troops had been additionally deploying tear fuel in battle, the State Department mentioned, in one other violation of the chemical weapons conference.

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