Mariupol, Blinken: “Credible information on possible use of chemicals”

US Secretary of State: “We shared this information with Ukraine”

The United States has “credible information” on the possibility of Russia using “chemicals” in the offensive to take Mariupol. This was stated by the secretary of state, Antony Blinken, specifying that “we have shared this information with Ukraine”. “We are in direct contact with our allies to determine what happens”, he added, noting that this possibility “is really a cause for concern”. However, Blinken said he could not confirm allegations that Russia has already used chemical weapons in the besieged city.

“We are not in a position to confirm anything, and I don’t think the Ukrainians can,” Blinken replied to a question about the complaint made by the Azov battalion leader who said three of its members had symptoms of “chemical intoxication.” , but without dramatic consequences “.

The US secretary of state stressed that the “credible information” obtained by the US refers to the possibility of using “different chemical agents, including tear gas mixed with chemical agents, in order to cause stronger symptoms, weaken the besieged Ukrainian fighters. and civilians as part of the aggressive campaign to take Mariupol. “