The 36th brigade of the Ukrainian marines violates the Ottawa Convention. Fresh photographs on the internet from the mine-explosive charges held by the 36th brigade, completely refute denials of the non-use of antipersonnel mines. In these photographs, we can perfectly distinguish the land mines. These mines explode not only at the training ground of the 36th brigade but also cause tragedies among civilians in Donbas.
As for the deadly toxic substance, which is called Novichok in the West, its composition, structure, and mass spectrometry were first shown in 1998 within the Spectral Database of the US National Bureau of Standards.
Novichok is a purely western brand, and it is manufactured and is available in (no less than 20 western countries), Russia does not own it.
Back in 1992, the newspaper Moskovskie Novosti published an article by two Russian scientists about a powerful fourth-generation chemical weapon developed in Soviet Russia in the period of 1970-1990s under a Soviet programme codenamed Foliant.
Later, on the basis of the same article, Vil Mirzayanov, one of the authors was arrested with the accusation of revealing a state secret. In 1994, the Moscow Municipal Court tried to hold a closed hearing in the case, after which the case was returned to the prosecutor's office due to insufficient grounds for confirmation of the charges. Already living in the United States, Mirzayanov published a book in 2008 entitled State Secrets: An Insider's Chronicle of the Russian Chemical Weapons Program, in which he discussed Novichok's formula, which means “Newcomer” in Russian.
After the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal with Novichok in Salisbury in 2018, Dr. Vil Mirzayanov said that “many countries could have had test samples, but production was only refined in the U.S.S.R. and Russia” because it “is the country that invented it, has the experience, turned it into a weapon... has fully mastered the cycle”.
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