Is Russia preparing to use chemical weapons?

Is Russia preparing to use chemical weapons?

US President Joe Biden has said that Russian President Vladimir Putin may be preparing to use chemical and biological weapons in Ukraine. There are clear signs in this regard. Biden, however, did not provide any specific evidence to support his claim.

The United States and its allies have repeatedly accused Russia of preparing to use chemical and biological weapons in Ukraine. However, no such weapon has been found in Ukraine so far.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has said his country will never bow to Russia’s ultimatum. At the same time, he offered to hold direct talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin to end the war. However, the Kremlin has not yet commented on Zelensky’s call.

Ukraine’s military says Russia has increased its presence in the country’s airspace in the past 24 hours.

Ukraine has claimed that the country’s armed forces are resisting Russian forces. They have slowed down the advance of Russian forces through resistance.

The latest update from the UK Ministry of Defense claims that Russian forces have limited access to Ukraine.

Russia and Ukraine have begun exchanging prisoners for the first time since the start of the war.

The Russian military operation in Ukraine ended on March 22, the 28th day. Readers have many questions about the ongoing Ukraine crisis. The report tries to find answers to those questions with the help of BBC.
When did the crisis begin?
Considering the recent history, the current crisis started in 2014. But to get to the root of the crisis we have to look back to the Soviet era. Ukraine was then part of the Soviet Union.

Two political currents prevail in Ukraine. A trend wants to be closer to Western Europe. They are interested in joining the European Union (EU) as well as being a member of the Western military alliance NATO. The other section is pro-Russian. They want to stay in Russia.

A large part of Ukraine’s population is Russian-speaking. They are also ethnically Russian. They have close cultural and social ties with Russia.

Pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych was ousted in 2014 in the face of protests. He fled the country.

Yanukovych wanted a major trade deal with the EU. Then Putin increased the pressure. Under pressure, Yanukovych withdrew from trade talks with the EU. As a result, mass protests against him began in Ukraine.

Those who came to power in Ukraine after Yanukovych are known as pro-EU. Putin was outraged by their actions.

After the fall of Yanukovych, Russia occupied the Crimea region of eastern Ukraine.

Why occupy Crimea
Crimea has been part of Russia for almost 200 years. In 1954, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev ceded Crimea to the then Soviet Republic of Ukraine. At the time, the Russian leadership did not think that the Soviet Union would collapse.

Crimea has a lot of geopolitical importance. Crimea is strategically important to Russia. So Russia took the opportunity to occupy Crimea from Ukraine.

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