Russia accuses Ukraine of poisoning several Russian soldiers in the Zaporizhia region of southeastern Ukraine at the end of July. However, the Ukrainian government believes that the military may have eaten spoiled food.
According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, a number of servicemen were hospitalized on July 31 with severe symptoms of poisoning. The ministry does not report how many people are involved. Tests would have shown that they had ingested botulinum toxin type B. This neurotoxic substance is used in some medicines, but can also be abused to poison people.
On Telegram, Ukrainian Interior Minister Herashchenko comes up with another statement. “The Russian ministry does not clarify that the poisoning may have been caused by spoiled meat, in which botulinum toxin is often found.” According to him, there is a lot of spoiled food in circulation among Russian troops in Ukraine.
More Research on Poisoning
The Russian ministry says it will soon come up with more evidence and send documents about the “chemical terror” to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).
The ministry also announced that it would begin an investigation into an incident in which the Russian-appointed head of the occupied region of Kherson fell ill, reports state news agency Ria Novosti.
Russia has repeatedly claimed that biological weapons were deployed in the war by both Ukraine and ally the United States. In March, the United Nations Security Council met to discuss this, at the request of Russia.
No evidence of use of chemical or biological weapons
According to Russia, the United States has undertaken “biological military activities in Ukraine”. In response, the UN body WHO (the World Health Organization) said that it is “not familiar with any activities of the Ukrainian government that violate international treaties, in the field of chemical or biological weapons”.
Conversely, the Ukrainian government regularly raises concerns that Russia would want to use chemical weapons. The extremist Azov battalion even claimed that the Russians used poison gas in the fight for Mariupol. However, there is no hard evidence for this.