BEYOND THE PALE: Russia Accused of Chemical Weapons Attack in Mariupol
If there is one thing that remains true about the Russian army today, it is that they appear to have lost all of their humanity age ago.
You see, the Kremlin’s military has lost nearly all of its sheen in recent weeks, as the once-feared fighting force continues to falter in Ukraine. At this point, as the army resorts to terrorism and war crimes, there is very little reason for any world superpower to be worried about Russia in that regard, other than Vladimir Putin’s nuclear fatalism.
But still NATO and the west have remained largely on the sidelines in Ukraine. That could all change as the news out of Mariupol continues to turn ever more gruesome.
Ukrainian forces and officials have accused Russia of dropping chemical weapons on the port city of Mariupol, causing troops and civilians alike to develop respiratory illnesses.
“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 [unmanned aerial vehicle],” the Azov Battalion, a unit of the National Guard of Ukraine, posted to Telegram on Monday. “The victims have respiratory failure, vestibulo-atactic syndrome.”
As of this writing, the Pentagon has yet to confirm the reports, but issued a rather stern statement for good measure.
“These reports, if true, are deeply concerning and reflective of concerns that we have had about Russia’s potential to use a variety of riot control agents, including tear gas mixed with chemical agents, in Ukraine,” press secretary John Kirby said in a statement, adding that the Defense Department will continue to monitor the situation closely.
Russia has long been willing to use chemical and nerve agents against their enemies, both politically and literally, and one has to wonder whether or not this possible poisoning in Mariupol will spur the rest of the world to action.