Fears over Russia launching chemical or biological weapons attacks in Ukraine are growing after a maternity hospital was struck yesterday.
The bombing in Mariupol sparked worldwide condemnation, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson calling it “depraved”.
Shockingly, Russian foreign ministry spokesman Maria Zakharova claimed that hours before the attack, Ukraine had evacuated the hospital and turned it into a firing range – but failed to provide evidence to support this.
Graphic video footage from the scene showed bodies on the ground, and several children are now confirmed to have died.
But now there are fears that the attack could be the start of something much worse.
Conservative MP Bob Seely said: “You can't live in the Kyiv and Kharkiv metros when you have chemical weapons being used, because chlorine and sarin are heavier than air.
“They will seep and flow like water into basements and suffocate those people.
“Putin's risk threshold is higher.
“His willingness to endure civilian and military casualties is almost out of our comprehension.”
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And an anonymous Western official told The Telegraph: "I think we've got good reason to be concerned about possible use of non-conventional weapons.
"Partly because of what we've seen has happened in other theatres, for example, what we've seen in Syria, and partly because we've seen a bit of setting the scene for that in the false flag claims that are coming out, and other indications as well.
“So, it's a serious concern for us.”
The White House has also said "we should all be on the lookout."
Press secretary Jen Psaki said: "We should all be on the lookout for Russia to possibly use chemical or biological weapons in Ukraine, or to create a false flag operation using them – it's a clear pattern."
Ms Psaki also said Russia's claims about US biological weapon labs, and chemical weapon development in Ukraine, were preposterous.
She called the false claims an "obvious ploy" to try to justify further premeditated, unprovoked attacks.
Russia has already admitted to using thermobaric weapons, but no evidence of chemical or biological actions taken has been found so far.
According to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, a total of 516 civilian Ukrainian deaths during Russia's military attack on Ukraine as of March 8, 2022, have been recorded, and of those, 37 were children.
Furthermore, 908 people were reported to have been wounded so far.
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