The Russian Defense Ministry on Saturday accused Ukraine of poisoning some military personnel in the Russian-controlled area of southeastern Ukraine in late July.
An adviser to Ukraine’s interior ministry said the poison may have been introduced by the Russian army after eating expired canned meat.
The Russian Defense Ministry said a number of Russian servicemen were taken to military hospitals on July 31 with signs of serious poisoning. Tests found botulinum toxin type B, a toxic substance, in their bodies.
“On the facts of chemical terrorism sanctioned by the United States [Ukrainian President Volodymyr] Russia supports the Zelensky regime and is preparing evidence to support all the analysis findings,” the ministry said in a statement.
There is no mention of how many soldiers suffered or their current condition. It doesn’t say what “corroborating evidence” is.
Botulinum toxin type B is a neurotoxin that causes botulism when previously contaminated food is ingested, but it also has medical uses.
Ukraine’s defense ministry did not immediately respond to Reuters’ request for comment, but interior ministry adviser Anton Gerashchenko commented on Russia’s allegations about Telegram’s messaging app.
“Department store [Russian defense ministry] It is not clear whether botulinum toxin could have been caused by the commonly found expired canned meat poisoning. I have filed a complaint,” he said.
The Russian Defense Ministry said it was conducting additional investigations into the illness of Volodymyr Sard, the Russian-installed government in the occupied Kherson region of Ukraine.
The former mayor of Kherson, who was appointed head of the eponymous area when Russian forces overran it in early March, Sardo fell ill in early August.
Russia said its “special military operation”, launched on February 24, aims to demilitarize Ukraine and protect Russian speakers on what President Vladimir Putin called historic Russian land. It is said that
Ukraine and the West see this as a gratuitous war of conquest aimed at wiping out Ukraine’s national identity.