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Russian ‘chemical weapon’ usage in Ukraine is accused by the US, which imposes further sanctions

Along with imposing new penalties on Moscow, the US State Department accused Russia on Wednesday of violating the deadly Weapons Convention by using a deadly weapon against Ukrainian soldiers.

The department said in a factsheet that Russia deployed “riot control agents (tear gas) as a method of warfare in Ukraine, also in violation of the CWC,” in addition to the chemical agent chloropicrin.

The State Department said, “The use of such chemicals is not an isolated incident and is probably motivated by Russian forces’ desire to achieve tactical gains on the battlefield and dislodge Ukrainian forces from fortified positions.”

In the meantime, the US Treasury Department unveiled broad measures designed to destroy Russia’s economic and military capacities. These sanctions target around 300 organizations in China, Russia, and other nations that are believed to have supported President Vladimir Putin’s invasion.

The purpose of the sanctions is to penalize businesses that assist Moscow in obtaining weaponry for its conflict in Ukraine. They also go after Russian government agencies and businesses engaged in the nation’s bioweapons and chemical development projects.

Despite Russia’s declaration that it no longer has a military chemical arsenal, demands for more openness on the purported use of hazardous weapons are mounting.

The US National Institutes of Health claim that the chemical chloropicrin is used as a pesticide as well as a weapon of war. It is hazardous to one’s health if breathed.

“SAND IN THE GEARS”
Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen stated in a statement that “today’s actions will further disrupt and degrade Russia’s war efforts by going after its military industrial base and the evasion networks that help supply it.”

A week after US President Joe Biden signed a much-delayed deal to provide Ukraine with fresh financing as its military fights to halt Russian advances, Kyiv was hit with allegations and penalties.

“President Joe¬† Biden’s recently passed National Security Supplemental is providing much-needed military, economic, and humanitarian support to bolster Ukraine’s courageous resistance, even as we’re putting sand in the gears of Russia’s war machine,” Yellen said.

“Together, our unwavering support for Ukraine and our relentless attacks on Russia’s military might provide Ukraine with a significant tactical advantage.”

The State Department included more people and businesses engaged in Moscow’s mining, energy, and metals industries on its blacklist as part of the sanctions.

The sanctions also targeted those involved in the February death in a Siberian jail of Russian opposition leader Aleksey Navalny.

The Treasury claimed that among the almost 300 sanctioned targets were dozens of individuals who were allegedly involved in helping Russia get vitally needed foreign technology and equipment.

A portion of the targets were situated in nations like China, which have been subject to increasing criticism from the United States due to their backing of Russia during its 15-month-long invasion of Ukraine.

The Treasury Department said, “This support poses a significant threat to international security and enables Russia to continue its war against Ukraine.”

Targeted non-Russian organizations were found in Turkey, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Slovakia, and the United Arab Emirates, excluding China.

According to the statement, these businesses “enable Russia to acquire desperately-needed technology and equipment from abroad.”

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