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Russia describes accusations of using chemical weapons as unfounded

Moscow, May 2 (Prensa Latina) Russian Presidency Spokesman Dmitry Peskov described the United States accusations on the alleged use of chemical weapons in Ukraine as unfounded.

We have seen the news in this regard and, as always, these are groundless accusations, which are not supported by anything as Russia has been and remains faithful to its obligations under international law in this matter, Peskov told journalists in the Kremlin this Thursday.

On May 1, the US State Department imposed sanctions on more than 280 Russian individuals and entities, including three governmental structures and four companies linked to the development of chemical and biological weapons.

In its official statement, which provides no evidence, Washington affirms that Russia used chemical weapons in Ukraine, including chloropicrin and possibly riot control agents, to dislodge Ukrainian forces from fortified positions and gain tactical advantage.

Chloropicrin is a colorless liquid with a pungent odor that causes lacrimation. It is used as a fumigant, insecticide, and fungicide. It was widely used during World War I and stockpiled during World War II, but its military use is now banned.

Russia has been conducting a special military operation in Ukraine since February 24, 2022, to protect the population from “Ukrainian authorities’ genocide,” according to President Vladimir Putin.

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