Donetsk accused Kyiv of using drones with chemical weapons

DONETSK — The acting head of the the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, Mr. Denis Pushilin, announced the facts of the use of chemical weapons by Kyiv in the Ugledar and Artyom districts. According to him, the armed forces of Ukraine are doing this with the help of drones.

Russians captured a FlyEye drone used to correct artillery fire
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The use of chemical weapons was previously reported near Artemovsk, Soledar, and in the nearest suburbs. According to Russian military correspondents, this happened in recent days. Pushilin’s counselor Mr. Jan Gagin said that after poisoning, people experience dizziness, nausea, and vomiting.

“According to the statements of our units, commanders who have already come out with such information, this is not only in the Artemovsky direction but also in Ugledarsky – there are facts about the use of chemical compounds that make our servicemen sick,” Mr. Pushilin said on the air on Russia 24 TV.

The official authorities in Kyiv denied the claims of Donetsk, defining them as a provocation and another Kremlin propaganda.

2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine

On 21 February 2022, the Russian government claimed that Ukrainian shelling had destroyed an FSB border facility on the Russia Ukraine border, and claimed that it had killed 5 Ukrainian soldiers who tried to cross into Russian territory. Ukraine denied being involved in both incidents and called them a false flag.

On the same day, the Russian government formally recognized the self-proclaimed DPR and LPR as independent states, according to Putin not only in their de-facto controlled areas, but the Ukrainian Oblasts as a whole, and Putin ordered Russian troops, including tanks, to enter the regions.

On 24 February 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an invasion of Ukraine by Russian Armed Forces previously concentrated along the border. The invasion followed by targeted airstrikes of military buildings in the country, as well as tanks entering via the Belarus border.

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Russia has so far not recognized the invasion of Ukraine as a “war”, although that is exactly what it is, claiming that it is a “special military operation”. According to the UN, in which Russia has its permanent representation, for military action to be defined as a “special military operation”, it must have a resolution issued by the UN. There is no such resolution, which automatically defines the military actions of the Russians as an invasion and war against the citizens of Ukraine.


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