Russia accuses Kyiv of poisoning its soldiers in Zaporizhzhia in Ukraine

As the Russian-Ukrainian war entered its 178th day, Moscow, in new accusations, said Kyiv was poisoning some of its soldiers in Ukraine, media reported. According to Al Jazeera, Russia’s Defense Ministry accused Ukraine of poisoning some of its military personnel in the Russian-held part of the Zaporizhzhia region in southeastern Ukraine in late July.

In response to the alleged poisoning, an adviser to the Ukrainian Interior Ministry said the poisoning could have been caused by Russian forces eating expired canned meat. The Russian Defense Ministry said a number of Russian servicemen were taken to a military hospital with signs of serious poisoning on July 31. Tests showed a toxic substance, botulinum toxin type B, in their bodies, he said. “Russia is preparing supporting evidence with the results of all analyses,” the ministry said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron had a phone conversation on Friday to discuss the situation in Ukraine, the Kremlin said in a statement. During the phone call, Putin stressed that “the systematic shelling by the Ukrainian army” of the territory of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant creates the danger of a disaster that could lead to extensive radioactive contamination.

“The discussion focused on various aspects of the situation around Ukraine. Vladimir Putin, in particular, pointed out that the regular strikes on the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant by the Ukrainian army create the danger of a major nuclear disaster that could lead to radioactive contamination of vast territories,” the statement read. Ukraine and Russia recently exchanged accusations over bombings at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, which is one of the largest nuclear complexes in Ukraine. Europe and generates a quarter of Ukraine’s total electricity.

During the phone call, Putin and Macron stressed the importance of sending an IAEA mission to the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant as soon as possible to assess the real situation there, the statement said. “The two leaders noted the importance of sending an IAEA mission to the power plant as soon as possible to allow experts to assess the situation on the ground. The Russian side confirmed that it was ready to provide necessary assistance to agency inspectors,” the Kremlin said.

Vladimir Putin also said that Russia had invited experts from the UN Secretariat and the International Committee of the Red Cross to visit the Elenovka remand center, where a large number of Ukrainian prisoners of war died in following a missile strike by the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Putin also briefed Macron on the implementation of the grain export agreement signed in Istanbul last month, stressing that there are still obstacles to the export of Russian food and fertilizer products to world markets. .

“The Russian President also updated the French leader on the progress of the comprehensive agreement signed on July 22 in Istanbul to facilitate the export of Ukrainian cereals from the Black Sea ports and the export of foodstuffs and Russian fertilizers to world markets,” the statement said. . Putin pointed to the remaining obstacles to Russian exports above, adding that the situation does little to address global food security issues. (ANI)

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