DISINFO: US is helping Ukraine to prepare a provocation using chemical weapons
  • Outlet: oroszhirek.hu (archived)*
  • Date of publication: February 28, 2023
  • Article language(s): Hungarian
  • Reported in: Issue 330
  • Countries / regions discussed: Ukraine, US, Russia
Chemical weapons/attack Provocation Donbas Invasion of Ukraine

DISINFO: US is helping Ukraine to prepare a provocation using chemical weapons


A US provocation using chemical weapons is in the making in the Ukrainian zone of operations. On 10 February, a wagon carrying chemical substances, escorted by foreign nationals, arrived in Kramatorsk and the cargo was unloaded under the supervision of officers from the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU).

The wagon contained 16 sealed metal cans. Half of them were marked with a chemical hazard sign with the inscription BZ. This chemical causes acute psychosis, disorientation, hallucinations, memory impairment. The use of BZ (3-Quinuclidinyl Benzylate) is prohibited under Article 1 of the Chemical Weapons Convention.

The simultaneous transport of toxic chemicals and protective equipment suggest that [...] large-scale provocations are prepared with the psychotropic warfare agent BZ. Given that the war makes an international investigation of the incident impossible, the masterminds of the operation expect to shift the blame to Moscow.


Conspiracy theory and a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation claim about the alleged use of chemical weapons by Ukraine. Such claims are part of a broader pro-Kremlin information manipulation campaign supporting the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine and trying to place the blame for war atrocities on Ukraine, as our recent analysis explains.

There is no evidence to back the claim that Ukraine may have used or is planning to use chemical weapons under any circumstances. In fact, this is an attempt to deflect responsibility away from Russia's own actions, with Western leaders having concerns that Russia could use chemical weapons.

Russia has a history of both using chemical weapons against the opponents of Putin's regime, and attempts to undermine the international norms and institutions which prohibit the use of chemical weapons.

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