The United States has been providing lifesaving equipment to Ukraine in case Russia uses chemical or biological weapons in its attack on Ukraine, the White House said on Friday.
Replying to a question about whether the US is supplying protective equipment to Ukraine, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said, “The United States and members of the international community have repeatedly warned about the potential for Russia to use chemical or biological weapons in Ukraine and that Moscow is possibly planning a false-flag operation.”
War enters into second month
The war has crossed over a month, and the time has come for the use of chemical weapons. It is a worry for the whole world. Russia is looking to use this dangerous weapon in the wake of its invasion of Ukraine.
The chemical contamination could be a great strategy on the part of Russia in advancing its troops. As the news comes that the progress of Russian troops has been slowed down.
US President Joe Biden has said that Russia’s false accusation that Ukraine has biological and chemical weapons hints that Russia’s President Vladimir Putin could use them in the coming days.
Chemical weapons are a dreaded mixture of gases or liquids that are full of toxic properties and can kill humans, animals, and other forms of life.
Peace talks amidst war
In the meantime, as Russia and Ukraine started peace talks through a video conference, in the midst of the talks, a Ukrainian airstrike was reported from Russia’s Belgorod.
This was the first reported airstrike by Ukraine on Russian soil. Ukraine’s foreign minister, Dmytro Kuleba, said he could not confirm or deny reports of Ukrainian involvement in the strike as he did not have military information.
Here are the latest updates on the Russia-Ukraine war.
Withdrawal of Russian troops
Russian troops are pulling back from Ukraine’s capital, Kiev. But they are creating a lot of difficulties for civilians by leaving mines around homes, abandoned equipment, and even the bodies of those killed, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on Saturday.
Ukraine regains the city of Brovary, near Kyiv.
Ukrainian officials said their forces have recaptured Brovary, a city east of the capital, Kyiv. The Brovary mayor said Ukrainian forces would begin working to clear the region of remaining Russian soldiers, as well as military hardware, and possibly mines.
A Ukrainian journalist’s body found dead near Kyiv
According to reports, Ukrainian journalist and photographer Maks Levin was found dead in Kyiv Oblast on Saturday. Levin went missing on March 13 when he went to Kyiv Oblast’s Vyshgorod district to document hostilities there.
Russia’s forces are in ‘rapid retreat‘, says Ukraine
Russian forces are making a “rapid retreat” from areas around the capital Kyiv and the city of Chernigiv in northern Ukraine, Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhaylo Podolyak said on Saturday.
“With the rapid retreat of the Russians from the Kyiv and Chernigiv regions, it is completely clear that Russia is prioritising a different tactic: falling back on the east and south,” he said.
Ukraine’s military has claimed that Russia is deploying more forces to a Moldovan region, close to the Black Sea city of Odesa.
Red Cross to try evacuation from Mariupol
A Red Cross convoy will try again to evacuate civilians from the besieged port of Mariupol on Saturday as Russian forces look to be regrouping for new attacks in southeast Ukraine. Encircled since the early days of Russia’s five-week-old invasion, Mariupol has been Moscow’s main target in Ukraine’s southeastern region of Donbas. Tens of thousands of people are believed to be trapped in the area, with no access to food or water.