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UK working ‘urgently’ to verify claims of Russian chemical attack in Mariupol

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss has taken to twitter and vowed to hold Vladimir Putin and his regime to account if proved that Russian forces used chemical agents in an attack on Mariupol.

Azov battalion, based in Ukraine said in a Telegram message on Monday claiming that a Russian drone dropped a “poisonous substance” in Mariupol.

The battalion’s founder, Andrei Biletsky, said that three people were suffering effects from an unknown toxic substance.

“Three people have clear signs of poisoning by warfare chemicals, but without catastrophic consequences,” he said in a video address on Telegram.

Liz Truss tweeted: “Reports that Russian forces may have used chemical agents in an attack on the people of Mariupol. We are working urgently with partners to verify details.

The Foreign Secretary has vowed to hold Vladimir Putin “and his regime to account” if it is proven Russian forces used chemical agents in an attack on Mariupol.

Liz Truss tweeted: “Reports that Russian forces may have used chemical agents in an attack on the people of Mariupol. We are working urgently with partners to verify details.

“Any use of such weapons would be a callous escalation in this conflict and we will hold Putin and his regime to account.”