War in Ukraine: WHO prepares for possible chemical attacks by Russian forces

The World Health Organization is actively preparing in the event of chemical attacks in Ukraine, with the preparation of a draft peace agreement, the WHO Regional Director for Europe said Thursday, 7 April.

“Given the uncertainty about the current situation, there is no guarantee that the war will not get worse,” Hans Kluge said in a statement sent to journalists based in Lviv, western Ukraine, on Thursday, April 7.

“The World Health Organization is studying all scenarios and preparing plans to respond to all situations that may affect the Ukrainian people, from addressing the mass influx of victims to the consequences of chemical attacks,” he said, without further details.

Western countries have repeatedly expressed concern that Russia may use chemical weapons in Ukraine, and Russia has accused Kyiv of preparing to use such weapons against its own people so that it can blame Moscow.

Since Vladimir Putin decided to refocus his forces on the “liberation of Donbass”, all eyes are now turning to the east of the country with the fear of another massacre, as happened in Bucha.

G7 condemns “atrocities”

In addition to the dangers of chemical attacks, the heads of diplomacy of the G7 countries (Germany, Canada, the United States, France, Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom) and the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs, Josep Borelas I condemn “in the strongest terms Atrocities committed by the Russian armed forces in Bucha And in other Ukrainian cities.

“We will continue the struggle against the impunity of all those accomplices with Hezbollah.” This is the war that Moscow has chosenin particular the regime of Alexander Lukashenko in Belarus ”, they add.

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The foreign ministers of the Group of Seven, who met today in the presence of their Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba, affirmed their common desire to “Provide increased helpEspecially with regard to military equipment and financial means “to enable Ukraine to defend itself against Russian aggression and to rebuild itself.

“Ukraine offers a fair deal: the world gives us the support we ask for, and we take it upon ourselves to fight and defeat (Russian President Vladimir) Putin in Ukraine,” Dmytro Kuleba wrote on Twitter after the meeting.

Peace agreement ‘unacceptable’

Another agreement at the center of discussions on Thursday, April 7, concerns the possibility of a break between Kyiv and Moscow. The talks reportedly reached a dead end, with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov saying that Ukraine had presented Russia with a draft peace agreement that included points “UnacceptableHowever, Russia’s Interfax agency will continue discussions and apply pressure to meet its demands.

“This failure to agree once again confirms Kyiv’s true intentions and determination to do so.” Pull and even undermine discussions “Stay away from the agreements made,” Sergei Lavrov said.

thankful for @ G7 Ministers to call me. We discussed ways to bring military, economic and humanitarian assistance to Ukraine to a new level. Ukraine offers a fair deal: the world gives us all the support we ask for; We fight and defeat Putin in Ukraine.

– DmytroKuleba 7 April 2022

He added: “Despite all the provocations, the Russian delegation will continue the negotiation process, pushing for its own draft agreement that clearly and completely defines our initial and basic positions and demands.”

Ukraine, which did not immediately comment, had previously said negotiations were still necessary but rejected any compromise on its sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Large numbers of medical supplies arrive

Hans Kluge also said that the World Health Organization has so far delivered more than 185 tons of medical supplies, and another 125 tons are on the way.

According to WHO data, Ukraine’s health infrastructure has suffered 91 attacks that killed 73 people since the Russian invasion began on February 24.

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