U.S. Claims Russia Used Chemical Weapons

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(PatriotNewsDaily.com) – On Thursday, the U.S. State Department accused Russia of violating the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act by using chemical weapons against Ukrainian troops.

The department has argued that Russia is in violation of the Act as they used chloropicrin, a chemical weapon, against Ukraine. The weapon had previously been used during World War I as a poison gas. Following the usage of the weapon, the United States responded with new sanctions. 

February was the first time the Ukrainian military accused Russia of deploying the gas in over 800 attacks during the war. However, at the time, Moscow had denied these allegations and claimed that it was actually Ukraine that was using banned chemical weapons. 

On Wednesday, the State and Treasury Department announced new sanctions that will specifically target the country’s biological and chemical weapons programs. The sanctions will also target over 280 individuals and 80 companies who have been a part of the Russian war effort and defense industry. Some of those being targeted are said to be connected to the death of Alexei Navalny, a Russian opposition leader who died earlier this year in prison under suspicious circumstances. The Biden administration has placed the blame for the death on Russian President Vladimir Putin. 

Along with Russian companies, Chinese companies are also being targeted by the sanctions as they are accused of assisting Russian military efforts. The State Department noted in a statement that the actions specifically reflected the United States’ concerns. 

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