Latest Chemical weapons News

Last US stockpile of deadly VX agent destroyed in Kentucky

Apr. 20, 2022 15:43 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The last stockpiles of a deadly chemical agent in the U.S. have been safely eliminated, according to Kentucky officials in charge of destroying the Cold War-era weapons. The final M55 rocket containing VX nerve agent was destroyed Tuesday at the Blue Grass...

Chemical weapons use from Syrian war stokes Ukraine's fears

Apr. 13, 2022 12:03 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The chilling scenes from Syria of victims twitching and gasping for air after chlorine cylinders were dropped from helicopters in towns and villages were broadcast over and over in the course of country's civil war. Legal and moral taboos were shattered. Hundreds were...

Live Updates | Russia-Ukraine War

Apr. 12, 2022 22:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON — The United States and its allies are pushing ahead with sanctions aimed at forcing Vladimir Putin to spend Russia’s money propping up its economy rather than sustaining its “war machine” for the fight in Ukraine, a top Treasury Department official said Tuesday. ...

Putin vows to press invasion until Russia's goals are met

Apr. 12, 2022 22:40 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Vladimir Putin vowed Tuesday that Russia's bloody offensive in Ukraine would continue until its goals are fulfilled and insisted the campaign was going as planned, despite a major withdrawal in the face of stiff Ukrainian opposition and significant losses. ...

EXPLAINER: How to investigate alleged chemical attacks

Apr. 12, 2022 14:20 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Ukraine said Tuesday it is investigating a claim that a poisonous substance was dropped on the besieged city of Mariupol. Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Maliar said it was possible that phosphorus munitions — which cause horrendous burns but are not classed as...

Mariupol mayor says siege has killed more than 10K civilians

Apr. 11, 2022 22:14 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The mayor of the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol said Monday that more than 10,000 civilians have died in the Russian siege of his city, and that the death toll could surpass 20,000, as weeks of attacks and privation leave the bodies of Mariupol's people “carpeted through...

Live updates | Russia-Ukraine War

Apr. 04, 2022 23:51 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS — A top official in the global campaign against the use of land mines is urging Russia to halt the use in Ukraine of these weapons that too often kill and maim civilians. Alicia Arango Olmos, Colombia’s ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva and this year’s...

Sanctioned oligarch Abramovich seen at Russia-Ukraine talks

Mar. 29, 2022 13:41 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Soccer club owner. Ally of Vladimir Putin. Sanctioned oligarch. Could diplomatic go-between be added to the resume of Roman Abramovich? The 55-year-old billionaire has swapped the skybox seat he once proudly occupied at his beloved Chelsea soccer club in Britain for...

Biden pledges new Ukraine aid, warns Russia on chem weapons

Mar. 24, 2022 22:54 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — President Joe Biden and Western allies pledged new sanctions and humanitarian aid on Thursday in response to Vladimir Putin’s assault on Ukraine, but their offers fell short of the more robust military assistance that President Volodymyr Zelenskyy pleaded for in a pair of...

NATO to bolster ranks, help Ukraine counter chemical attack

Mar. 23, 2022 12:31 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO leaders are set to agree to station more forces in Eastern Europe to deter Russia from invading any member of their ranks and to send equipment to Ukraine to help it defend against chemical or biological attacks, the organization's top civilian official said Wednesday. ...