Chemical weapons in Ukraine – Putin is unlikely to use weapons of mass destruction due to signals from the West

The use of chemical weapons by the Russian Federation at this stage of the war against Ukraine is unlikely and is hardly included in the plans of the Kremlin. This was stated by a military expert Oleg Zhdanov during the broadcast on youtube channel.

He noted that Russia sees no reason to use chemical weapons in Ukraine, because they still believe that they are winning the war. First of all, this concerns the dictator Vladimir Putin. He fears a harsh reaction from the collective West in response to the use of banned weapons of mass destruction.

“Putin thinks that everything is going according to plan and he is not going to lose yet. Therefore, while the threat of the use of chemical weapons is minimal. In addition, there is a whole series of signals sent by the West to Russia about the use or attempts to use weapons of mass destruction in this war. That is, everyone wants the war to continue only with conventional weapons.Zhdanov said.

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Nevertheless, the expert does not exclude the possibility of the use of chemical weapons by the invaders in the future and warns of extremely negative consequences if they are hit. It poses a particular danger to the civilian population, which does not have the necessary means of protection.

“To protect yourself from chemical weapons, you need special means, in addition to personal protective equipment. Gas masks and filters will only save you from nerve agents or asphyxiants. If a blistering substance is used, then a combined arms protective kit is needed.Zhdanov added.

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Earlier, the former commander of NATO forces in Europe, James Stavridis, expressed the opinion that Putin is more likely to use chemical weapons in Ukraine than nuclear.

Why did the aggressor fail the first stage of the invasion and fail to succeed in the second? What tasks should our army solve at the third stage in order to force the Russians out of Ukraine? What are the consequences of a truce to which Putin will persuade Ukraine? The answers to these questions and the forecast for the coming months can be found in the article by Major General Sergei Savchenko “Expecting powerful fire training and counteroffensive? It will not happen. Everything has already begun”.

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