In Ukraine, Russia ‘unleashes toxic agents’ on Mariupol, leaving residents unable to breathe.

Ukraine claims Russia deployed “chemical agents” in an attack on Mariupol citizens, causing soldiers and residents “dizzy and unable to breathe.”

As a result of the “unknown substance,” troops defending Mariupol’s port city are reportedly suffering from respiratory failure, dizziness, and other symptoms.

According to unsubstantiated accounts from the city’s Azov regiment, the unnamed agent was dumped on the southern city – which has suffered some of the bloodiest combat since the war began – by a Russian drone.

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss responded to the claims by saying that if Russia deployed chemical weapons in its invasion of Ukraine, it would be a “callous escalation.”

On Twitter, she wrote: “Russian forces may have used chemical agents in an attack on the people of Mariupol, according to reports. We’re working with partners to confirm specifics as soon as possible.

“Any deployment of these weapons would be a callous escalation of the conflict, and we will hold Putin and his dictatorship accountable.”

It comes only hours after the UK Ministry of Defence warned Vladimir Putin that in order to retake Mariupol and break the Ukraine deadlock, he may resort to employing lethal “phosphorous bombs.”

The Ministry of Defense warned that Russian soldiers have previously employed the devices in Ukraine’s Donetsk region.

“Russian troops’ earlier use of phosphorous munitions in the Donetsk Oblast enhances the prospect of their future use in Mariupol as the battle for the city intensifies,” the Ministry of Defense warned late Sunday.

When employed as a weapon, white phosphorus is used for nighttime illumination or to create a smokescreen, but it produces severe burns.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the president of Ukraine, has previously accused Russia of employing the toxin.

The Azov regiment of Ukraine’s far-right said: “In the city of Mariupol, Russian occupation troops employed a deadly material of unknown origin delivered by an enemy drone against Ukrainian military and civilians.

“The victims are suffering from respiratory failure… the consequences of the mysterious drug are still being investigated.”

Ivanna Klympush, a Ukrainian MP, tweeted on Monday evening: “Russia used an unknown substance in #Mariupol 1.5 hours ago.

“Victims suffer from respiratory failure and vestibular ataxia. Probably chem.weapons!

“This is the red line beyond which the despotic economy must be destroyed.

We demand a complete ban on all fuels from #RU as well as heavy weaponry from 2UA right now!”

The claimed attack occurred just hours after a pro-Russian commander in Donbas seemed to advocate for the use of chemical weapons.

They said Russia will “smoke the Ukrainian moles out of the subterranean,” according to official media.

Meanwhile, the Ukrainian Parliament has received allegations of Russian soldiers firing “nitric acid” in the Donetsk region, according to the Ukrainian Parliament.

Residents were advised to use “protective face masks drenched in soda solution,” according to the report. It’s unclear whether the two instances are connected.

Vadym Boychenko, the mayor of Mariupol, says the city has seen more than 10,000 dead so far.

Since the invasion began in late February, the port city has seen some of the most violent fighting.

Mr. Boychenko further warned that the death toll could reach 20,000, and that Russian soldiers are bringing cremation equipment into the city to dispose of dead.

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