Chemical weapons used against self-defense in Mariupol – pro-federalization activists

9 May 2014, 11:48

Chemical weapons used against self-defense in Mariupol – pro-federalization activists

The leaders of the “Donetsk People’s Republic” claimed that self-defense forces in Mariupol came under a chemical attack when the City Council building was being stormed by Kiev-controlled armed units.

“Kiev bears the entire responsibility not only for their state agencies’ actions, but also for the actions by citizens who illegally apply means of chemical warfare,” the statement says.

“Armed groups controlled by Kiev used unidentified chemical weapons on May 6 while storming the City Council headquarters,” the foreign ministry of the “Donetsk People’s Republic” said in a statement, posted in the Donetsk “people’s governor” Pavel Gubarev’s Facebook account.

“The defenders of the City Council have left the contaminated area. Many of them had their breathing systems damaged, which is likely to have consequences and probably be a danger to their lives,” the statement says.
The statement urges the world community to condemn the use of a toxic choking gas in Mariupol and to take comprehensive measures to subject the Kiev authorities to international isolation.”

The authors also urged Russia to influence the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons into organizing a full-scale probe in Mariupol into the use of chemical weapons by the Kiev authorities.”

The Ukrainian leadership has not commented on the information, Interfax reports.

Unclear gas causes poisonings in Ukraine’s Mariupol city council – media

Several people were poisoned with an unidentified gas in the city council building in Mariupol, Donetsk region, local media said in Wednesday. The newspaper Ilyichyovets said one person had been diagnosed with poisoning with unclear gas. There were other causes of injury as well, with seven people receiving first-degree chemical-inflicted eye burns, and one man hospitalized in a state of alcoholic intoxication and with multiple lacerations on both hands.

“The doctors are making no comment on who these people are, they have given necessary medical assistance to all those who needed it,” the paper said.

A report on city website said “Donetsk People’s Republic” activists who went into the building after police removed a cordon around it at about 10 a.m. felt bad after inhaling gas that the police had allegedly used inside the night before, Interfax reports.

“Ambulances were called in for them. At the moment there are five ambulances parked outside the council, and some of the casualties were taken to the hospital,” the report said.

It said there were about 1,000 people outside the building currently, and that activists were guarding the entrance and claiming there was nobody inside. “The situation is quiet. There are no police in sight,” the report said. It said five “Donetsk People’s Republic” and Russian flags were hanging on the building.

A report on the Novosti Mariupolya website confirmed that people were fainting when entering the building.

“People started fainting when going in – apparently, there remained fumes of teargas or another chemical inside. One of the men went inside the mayor’s office to look for his son and fainted right on the steps,” the report said.
Interfax has been unable to obtain an official confirmation of the reports, but earlier the Interior Ministry claimed, citing Interior Minister Arsen Avakov, that the whole of Mariupol was under Ukrainian government control.

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