KATERYNA TYSHCHENKO – SATURDAY, 20 AUGUST 2022, 16:30
The Russian Ministry of Defence has claimed that Russian soldiers have been poisoned in Zaporizhzhia Oblast of Ukraine with an artificially derived poison.
Source: Russian state-owned news agency TASS on Telegram, quoting the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation
Details: The Russian Ministry of Defence claimed that the Russian soldiers who took part in hostilities in Zaporizhzhia Oblast were "hospitalised with symptoms of severe poisoning".
It also claimed that "Zelenskyy’s regime" has allegedly "authorised terrorist attacks against Russian soldiers involving poisonous chemicals".
A type B botulinum toxin has allegedly been used to poison Russian occupying forces in Zaporizhzhia Oblast. Russian military medics have confirmed the presence of artificially derived poison in the bodies of those hospitalised [with poisoning symptoms - ed.].
Russia is threatening to send unspecified "evidence of the chemical terrorism act carried out by the Kyiv regime" to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.
Russia has also decided to conduct an additional investigation into whether the Russian-appointed "head" of Kherson Oblast, Volodymyr Saldo, has been poisoned with "poisonous chemical weapons".
Earlier: Volodymyr Saldo, the Russian-appointed "head" of Kherson Oblast, was hospitalised in Russian-occupied Crimea on 5 August. He was in a medically-induced coma and on assisted ventilation. Reports suggested that he might be transferred to a hospital in Moscow due to worsening of his conditions.
Russian media reported that doctors suspected that Saldo had been poisoned. Other reports suggested he might have suffered a stroke.