U.S. accuses Russia of using chemical weapons in Ukraine

by ian

The U.S. is accusing Russia of using banned chemical weapons in Ukraine following a new set of sanctions.

The State Department announced Wednesday that there’s evidence of chloropicrin and other banned chemicals being used against Ukrainian troops. Moscow previously denied accusations of violating an international treaty.

However, the State Department warns the use of the World War I-era gas is not an isolated incident.

In response to the investigation, the U.S. slapped Russian defense companies and individuals with more than 300 sanctions. U.S. officials say that will “further disrupt and degrade Russia’s war efforts.”

But the State Department is stopping short of labeling Russia a terrorist organization, according to a spokesman.