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Report: Russia Used Chemical Weapons In Mariupol

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On Monday, Ukrainian officials announced that Russia appears to have used chemical weapons in Mariupol during its invasion of Ukraine, as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky estimates that the city’s death toll was in the “tens of thousands.”

A unit of Ukraine’s National Guard, the Azoz Regiment, said in a Telegram post that the chemicals were dropped from an unmanned aerial vehicle in Mariupol.

“About an hour ago, Russian occupation forces used a poisonous substance of unknown origin against Ukrainian military and civilians in the city of Mariupol, which was dropped from an enemy UAV,” the post said, according to Newsweek. “The victims have respiratory failure, vestibulo-atactic syndrome. The consequences of using an unknown substance are being clarified.”

Zelensky called for stronger sanctions to be imposed on Russia in response to deter the use of chemical weapons.

“I would like to remind world leaders that the possible use of chemical weapons by the Russian military has already been discussed,” Zelensky said. “And already at that time it meant that it was necessary to react to the Russian aggression much harsher and faster.”

The news comes after Mariupol Mayor Vadym Boychenko announced that over 10,000 civilians have died in his city since Russia invaded Ukraine in late February. Boychenko told the Associated Press that corpses were “carpeted through the streets of our city” and that the final death toll could be over 20,000.

Zelensky similarly said that “tens of thousands” had died in the city.

“Mariupol has been destroyed, there are tens of thousands of dead, but even despite this, the Russians are not stopping their offensive,” Zelensky said in an interview with South Korean lawmakers.

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  1. Jon Lewis

    April 12, 2022 at 1:08 pm

    Many years from now it will be remembered that the U.S., with the world’s most powerful military, stood idly by while Ukraine was ravenged.

  2. SoCalGal

    April 12, 2022 at 2:54 pm

    Do we believe anything Zelenksky says at this point?

    • Dexter Wilson

      April 13, 2022 at 12:28 pm

      They have tried to imply that Zelensky is a Neo Nazi but can you imagine a JEW and his whole family being a Nazi? They also have implied that he was as crooked as the previous President. Let me ask you this, when was the last president we had that would go into battle zones (the only one ever was Washington in the American Revolution but he was not a President Yet)? The truth of the matter is, I wish we had a president like him, oh wait we had one, Donald Trump!

    • Jmes

      April 13, 2022 at 2:33 pm

      I agree, believe nothing that Zelenksky says, he will do and say and anything to drag the USA in a war with Russia, he is a creep disposes of Opposing Parties, one person rule or Dictator
      I believe that the neo-Nazi in Ukraine’s have killed a lot of the Ukraine civilian people.
      Remember what one of the Freedom Fighters from the USA said about don’t turn your back on theses people, they thought they would be killer by these so-called Ukraine People. They got out by walking 5 miles, discarding their army packs etc. and crossing into Poland as civilians
      and these stories are from a lot of the People who went to fight for Ukraine.
      “Here is Gun and 5 rounds of ammunitions” now go and fight, what an insult.
      There is more to this WAR than taking over Ukraine bet on it. Putin knows more than everyone thinks. Remember what this WEST Media is saying is most likely only 10% correct, 85% wrong
      5% half truths.

    • JJ

      April 15, 2022 at 3:20 pm

      Zelensky is I believe blackmailing the Obama Biden Whitehouse. Their crimes are huge. How else can Zelensky make such outlandish demands from government and media

    • JJ

      April 15, 2022 at 3:26 pm

      I don’t believe this as UN has confirmed U.S used chemicals in Syria
      Not Russia or Syria.

  3. Marilyn Gillespie

    April 17, 2022 at 12:45 pm

    Don’t believe ANYTHING anymore. Russians have Mariupol why chemical weapon NOW. Clouds of war.

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Report: Ukraine Sunk Russian Warship By Using US Intel

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Ukraine sunk the Russian warship Moskva last month using United States intelligence, according to a new report from NBC News.

“A guided missile cruiser carrying a crew of 510, the Moskva was the flagship of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet,” NBC News reported. “It sank on April 14 after being struck by two Ukrainian Neptune anti-ship missiles, U.S. officials said. Moscow said the vessel sank after a fire. The Moskva was the largest Russian warship sunk in combat since World War II. American officials said there were significant Russian casualties, but they don’t know how many.”

“The attack happened after Ukrainian forces asked the Americans about a ship sailing in the Black Sea south of Odesa, U.S. officials told NBC News,” the outlet added. “The U.S. identified it as the Moskva, officials said, and helped confirm its location, after which the Ukrainians targeted the ship.”

The news comes the day after a report from The New York Times revealed that the United States has provided Ukraine with intelligence on Russian military units that has enabled the country to kill multiple Russian generals.

“The targeting help is part of a classified effort by the Biden administration to provide real-time battlefield intelligence to Ukraine,” The New York Times reported. “That intelligence also includes anticipated Russian troop movements gleaned from recent American assessments of Moscow’s secret battle plan for the fighting in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine, the officials said. Officials declined to specify how many generals had been killed as a result of U.S. assistance.”

“The United States has focused on providing the location and other details about the Russian military’s mobile headquarters, which relocate frequently,” the outlet added. “Ukrainian officials have combined that geographic information with their own intelligence — including intercepted communications that alert the Ukrainian military to the presence of senior Russian officers — to conduct artillery strikes and other attacks that have killed Russian officers.”

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Putin’s Personal Cameraman Quit After Recording His Invasion Speech

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Russian President Vladimir Putin’s personal cameraman, Ilya Filatov, reportedly quit his job immediately after filming Putin’s announcement that he would be invading Ukraine.

The timing of Filatov’s exit from a job that he had for over a decade led to speculation that he actually faced dismissal because of negative comments he allegedly made about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

However, Filatov “denies this version,” according to independent Russian news site The Insider, which is banned in Russia. Filatov claims that he quit because he “reached the ceiling in the profession” and that he was “tired of sitting in quarantine for many months,” which he was required to do to reduce the likelihood he could contract COVID-19 and infect Putin.

Filatov’s sudden departure from his long time role as Putin’s cameraman was part of a pattern of Russian employee exits following comments suggesting opposition to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. As explained by The Insider, “Since the beginning of Russia’s military invasion of Ukraine, one by one employees of Russian TV channels have been fired or left the frame. On April 21, Alexander Gurevich, the host of the One Hundred to One program, resigned from the VGTRK . Prior to this, anti-war comments on his behalf appeared under the episodes of the show on YouTube. In March, it became known that Zhanna Agalakova, an employee of Channel One, quit , and journalist Vadim Glusker quit NTV.”

The Insider also noted how Marina Ovsyannikova, an employee of Channel One, “broke into the live newscast for a few seconds with a poster “Stop the war! Don’t believe the propaganda, they lie to you here.” Before the action, she recorded a video message in which she condemned the actions of the Russian army on the territory of Ukraine. On March 15, the journalist was fined 30,000 rubles. In April, she became a freelance correspondent for the German Welt.”

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