Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is also using his nightly video address to push back on Russian claims of plans for biological attacks committed by Ukraine.
“No chemical or any other weapons of mass destruction were developed on my land,” he says, according to a translation sent out on his Telegram channel. “The whole world knows that. You know that. And if Russia does something like that against us, it will get the most severe sanctions response.”
Echoing the US and others, Zelensky says the accusations show what Russia is actually scheming.
“If you want to know what Russia’s plans are, look at what Russia accuses others of,” he says, noting that he is “really worried.”
He says Russia will continue using biological and chemical weapons “again, again and again,” unless they are stopped.