The OPCW Must Investigate Ukrainian Regime For Its Use of Chemical Weapons Against Donbass

In 2014, video footage emerged from the Ukrainian war on Donbass which appeared to show the deployment of chemical weapons munitions on civilian areas. Documented evidence of Donbass civilians being treated for exposure to poisons consistent with the use of chemical weapons emerged around the same time as the video footage.  After receiving the reports from the ground, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov called for a full investigation.

In 2015 Donetsk First Deputy Defense Minister Sergey Shamberin stated,

“In some cases when these chemical shells were fired at our positions, they burnt through the asphalt and went a meter and a half into the ground. There was also some sort of haze at the spot where the shells went in. A lot of people were poisoned”.

Later in 2015, the Russian Investigative Committee (RIC) found “irrefutable” evidence that the Kiev regime had in fact used chemical weapons on Donbass. According to RIC spokesman Vladimir Markin,

“We have received irrefutable evidence of the use by the Kiev forces of weaponry similar to phosphorus bombs,” Markin said, based on the conclusion of a forensic chemical analysis from soil samples provided by witnesses in the targeted areas. The refugees bring in fragments of bombs and artillery shells, which maim and kill their loved ones. We have conducted more than a hundred tests, which all attest to (war crimes by the Kiev regime)”.

Since then, local activists reported that the regime had transported weaponized Sarin gas to positions near the contact line of the conflict. Now, a defector from the Ukrainian regime forces, a man called Alexander Medinsky has offered to testify in the United States regarding the use of chemical weapons on Donbass civilians by the regime.

According to Medinsky,

“I’m ready to testify in US courts, to the FBI, NSA and CIA about chemical weapons use by the Kiev military”.

Medinsky also stated that the regime has an official doctrine whereby it authorises and encourages the use of illegal chemical weapons not only against the armed forces of the Donbass republics but against journalists, civilians and political activists. He continued, stating,

“I’m asking you to pay attention to all these things. I also ask you to bring pressure to bear on the Kiev regime and take decisive action against the terrorist war it is waging against its own people”.

It goes without saying that Medinsky should be able to testify before the relevant authorities in the United States, but it is also the case that the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) must immediately open a case against the Kiev regime before it is able to use further chemical munitions on innocent civilians.

Furthermore, in addition to the OPCW investigating Ukraine’s use of chemical weapons, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) should also demand that international teams of experts inspect and if necessary shut down the regime’s nuclear energy facilities which according to independent experts stand an 80% risk of a Chernobyl style meltdown.

The economic bankruptcy of the regime has led to the reality of nuclear power stations  operating beyond their internationally agreed lifespan. These outdated nuclear facilities remain online without adequate safety checks and necessary upgrades being instigated. Because of this, Ukraine is now a place where not only chemical munitions are falling on civilians but where a catastrophic nuclear meltdown could also cause untold losses to human life and the natural environment.

The patently irresponsible regime is out of control both when it comes to waging a violent war against civilians and in respect of putting the entire regime at risk due to the fallout from a nuclear meltdown. If the proper international authorities do not act with haste, the next disaster may be an irreversible one.

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