VLADIMIR Putin’s missiles have hit Kharkiv in another night of heavy shelling amid White House warnings about biological weapons.
Horror images show the aftermath of another night of air raids and shelling by the Russians.
An alarming video shows a completely destroyed shopping center in the besieged city as soldiers try to walk through the rubble.
Unconfirmed footage believed to have been filmed on Wednesday appeared to show heavy shelling in the city with civilians fleeing for safety.
The attack comes just hours after a Maternity hospital was bombed in Mariupol, wounding seventeen people.
Harrowing images showed expectant mothers and staff evacuating the building after the air raid, which was carried out during an agreed ceasefire.
Sharing the footage on social media, the Ukrainian President said: “Direct attack by Russian troops on the maternity hospital. People, children lie under the rubble. Cruelty!
“How much longer will the world be an accomplice who ignores terror? Close the sky now! Stop the killing! You have power, but you seem to be losing humanity.”
Meanwhile, the White House has warned that Russia could “possibly use chemical or biological weapons” in Ukraine or “launch a false flag operation with them.”
The warning comes in response to Russia’s claims that the US is involved in bioweapons research at laboratories in Ukraine.
Moscow spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told reporters: “We can conclude that biological weapons components were developed in Ukrainian laboratories near our borders.
“The urgent destruction of these materials was ordered in order not to disclose the materials and programs produced there.”
White House press secretary Jen Psaki branded the claim “absurd propaganda,” adding that it was “exactly the type of disinformation operation” that Russia has been peddling over the years.
The spokesman tweeted: “This is absurd. It’s the kind of disinformation operations we’ve seen repeatedly over the years by the Russians in Ukraine and other countries being debunked, and an example of the kinds of false pretexts we have the Russians from an invention warned.”
Noting that the US government fully complies with the Chemical Weapons Convention and the Biological Weapons Convention, she added: “It is Russia that has long maintained a biological weapons program in violation of international law.
“Furthermore, Russia has a track record of blaming the West for transgressions committed by Russia itself.
“In December, Russia falsely accused the US of stationing chemical weapons contractors in Ukraine.”
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She continued: “All of this is an obvious ruse by Russia to try to justify its further deliberate, unprovoked and unwarranted attack on Ukraine.
“Now that Russia has made these false claims and China appears to have backed this propaganda, we should all be on the lookout for Russia potentially using chemical or biological weapons in Ukraine, or launching a false flag operation using them. It’s a clear pattern.”
The Defense Ministry said earlier today that Russia has done so used thermobaric weapons during the invasion of Ukraine.
The Ministry of Defense shared an informational video about the weapon and its impact on Twitter, saying: “The Russian Ministry of Defense has confirmed the deployment of the TOS-1A weapon system in Ukraine.
“The TOS-1A uses thermobaric missiles that produce incendiary and explosive effects.”
Western officials fear Vladimir Putin will use unconventional weapons such as weapons-grade sarin, chlorine and mustard gas.
They said: “We have good reason to be concerned about the possible use of non-conventional weapons.
“Partly because we’ve seen what’s happened in other theaters, for example in Syria … so it’s a serious concern for us.”
US intelligence chiefs warned that the Russian president could unleash mini nukes in a warning to NATO if its “clusterf**k” invasion continues.
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