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10:56 12 Apr 2022

Information on chemical weapons used in Mariupol is being checked, it could be phosphate munitions, Defense Ministry reports

Ukraine's military leadership is currently checking information on the possible use of chemical weapons by russian invaders in Mariupol

This was announced by Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Maliar on the national telethon.

"As of now, we are checking this information, trying to understand what (it was). We can talk about preliminary data. There is an assumption that those may have been phosphorus munitions. The final official information will be later," said Maliar.

At the same time, the Deputy Minister of Defense stressed that the risk of using chemical weapons by russia existed and it was quite high.

As Rubryka reported, on April 11, there was a report that the russian occupiers dumped a poisonous substance of unknown origin in Mariupol.

According to Azov leader Andrii Biletskyi, the Russian army has used chemical weapons over the Azovstal plant, which is held by Azov Regiment fighters.

To recap, the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine reported that russia almost finished preparation for the offensive operation on Donbas.

The main efforts of the enemy are aimed at:

  • preparation for the defeat of the Jpint forces,
  • establishing full control over Donetsk and Luhansk regions,
  • ensuring a stable overland corridor with the temporarily occupied Crimea.

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