Mariupol is on the rise – the intensity of the war, the concern over the use of chemical weapons

The scene after a Russian missile strike reduced a sprawling shopping mall in Kyiv to a smoldering ruin on Monday, March 21, 2022. The New York Times

News Desk: Ukraine’s besieged port city of Mariupol is nearing the end of the war. Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky has expressed concern that Russia could use chemical weapons to launch a new attack on the city.

Russian forces have reportedly used chemical weapons in Mariupol. Russia is said to have used the weapon during the siege of Mariupol.

Ukraine’s Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Malir said the Kiev government was examining the news. “It simply came to our notice then.

On Monday night, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Russia was gathering troops east of the Danube region to launch a new attack on Mariupol. They can resort to chemical weapons. He did not say whether Russia had used chemical weapons.

Ukrainian troops are trying to take refuge in the Azovostal industrial area of ​​Mariupol. If Russian forces occupy Azovstal, they will gain control of the entire Mariupol.

Mariupol is an important junction between the western and eastern Russian-controlled territories.

Mariupol is one of the cities where Russian forces have launched a series of attacks since the start of the invasion of Ukraine. The city has been reduced to rubble by Russian bombings over the past few weeks.

There are also fears that thousands of civilians have been killed in the fighting. The United States and the United Kingdom are also investigating reports of Russia’s use of chemical weapons during the siege of Mariupol.

If Russia does indeed use chemical weapons, then “we have all the means at our disposal,” warns James Happy, Britain’s junior defense minister.

Russia’s Defense Ministry has not yet commented on whether chemical weapons have been used.

However, pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine have denied any use of chemical weapons in Mariupol, according to Interfax news agency.

But if the investigation does find evidence of chemical weapons use, it could be a dangerous turning point in the Ukraine war.

Ukraine has seen a number of deaths since the Russian invasion began on February 24, including civilians.

A quarter of the country’s 44 million people have fled their homes to save their lives. Cities have been reduced to rubble.


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