Donbass People’s Militias and Russia’s regular Army began finding evidence of suspected Ukrainian preparations to employ chemical weapons last spring. Kiev and its Western sponsors have issued counterclaims, accusing Russia of using or preparing to use its non-existent chemical weapons stocks.
Ukrainian forces have resorted to the use of chemical weapons in the Artyomovsk (Bakhmut) and Ugledar directions on the front line in the Donbass, Donetsk People’s Republic head Denis Pushilin has announced.
“According to the statements of our forces, and commanders who came forward with such information, there are facts of the use of chemical compounds causing sickness among our servicemen not only in the Artyomovsk direction, but also in the Ugledar direction,” Pushilin said in an interview with Russian media on Monday.
Pushilin said he has been receiving such reports for at least three weeks now. “They are dropping [chemical weapons] from drones on the locations of our forces,” the DPR head clarified.
Earlier in the day, Yan Gagin, an advisor to Pushilin, similarly told Russian media about the employment of chemical agents by the Ukrainian side, and said the agents being used were causing severe dizziness, nausea, and vomiting among some fighters.
Gagin indicated that chemical weapons have been used by the Ukrainian side for some time now, with attacks happening “along the entire front line as substances causing nausea, choking and coughing,” and the chemicals being “sprayed from special containers installed on drones.”
According to the World Health Organization, symptoms like dizziness, nausea, and coughing may be signs of exposure to potentially deadly nerve agents.
The official said some Ukrainian troops have been openly boasting of their possession of these illegal weapons online, posting videos of specially-designed drones and imported gas grenades on social media. Gagin urged for information about the use of these illegal weapons to be systematically gathered and sent to the United Nations.