Reuters: Ukraine says Russia is using tear gas to clear barricades

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Reuters: Ukraine says Russia is using tear gas to clear barricades
FILE PHOTO: Ukrainian servicemen of the National Guard take part in radiation, chemical and biological hazard drills, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, near Kharkiv, Ukraine February 29, 2024. REUTERS/Sofiia Gatilova/File Photo

Ukrainian officials say Russia is using tear gas to clear bunkers.

Russian forces are throwing tear gas canisters towards Ukrainian defense positions to push back troops from the frontlines towards their bunkers, putting soldiers, who are mostly not equipped with gas masks, in life-threatening situations.

An Ukrainian soldier told Reuters that it’s something like pepper spray that makes your eyes tear up. It’s not lethal but it causes discomfort and incapacitates you. Performing duties after inhaling this gas is very challenging.

The Ukrainian army states that Russia has increased the unlawful use of riot control tools in the frontlines to clear bunkers. This comes despite the international convention on chemical weapons that both Russia and Ukraine have signed, which prohibits the use of riot control agents like tear gas on the battlefield.


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