On Monday, Ukrainian battalion Azov, with commonly recognized neo-Nazi ideology, accused the Russian forces of having used a poisonous chemical substance against its fighters in Mariupol, which allegedly resulted in the militants and even some civilians feeling sick.
“I myself am from the Levoberezhny District, but this is the first time I hear about this information. I haven’t seen or heard anything like that," a resident of Mariupol, who was evacuated from the city, told Sputnik.
Another resident of Mariupol, who is staying in the city, said: “At the moment, I can only say one thing. We have been here since [April] 10. Today I talked with my mother, who is currently in the Kalius region, and she said that everything is fine, she feels fine, no such incidents and there were no gases, there was nothing like that."
White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Tuesday the United States cannot confirm the allegations that a chemical weapon was used in Mariupol.
"One concern I had was that we [would] not be perceived as a tool of policy," Haines told a forum at the Meridian International Center in Washington, DC on Tuesday. “We are cautious ... It is a long term thing to see whether or not you actually burn your sources and methods through disclosures."
Haines emphasized that the 18 major US intelligence services continually analyzed their own conclusions and public statements to try and ensure that means of intelligence collection and key sources were not accidentally revealed and endangered.
"We have learned a lot of lessons through the process," she said.
The Biden administration is currently determining what mix of military equipment to send to Ukraine, the report said on Tuesday.
"Polish President Andrzej Duda, few days ago, suggested that we, together with the presidents of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, make a trip to Kiev to send a strong signal of common European solidarity with Ukraine there. I was ready for this, but ... I must take note that in Kiev it was undesirable," Steinmeier told reporters in Warsaw.
Earlier in the day, Bild reported that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has refused to host Steinmeier in Kiev due to his "close connections" to Russia in recent years.
"It became possible to start a direct dialogue with the Ukrainian side largely thanks to the personal efforts of Belarusian President [Alexander Lukashenko]. We believe that the Belarusian platform is quite suitable for further contacts", Putin said.
"We must do everything necessary now – in the sixth package of sanctions. The European Union can do that. And it must do that. It must include oil there… Specific deadlines must finally be set for each EU state in order to really abandon or at least significantly limit the consumption of Russian gas, oil", Zelenskyy said.
"Every effort must be made to ensure that Europe's response to Russian aggression is truly strong and truly consolidated," he concluded.
"In a suburb of Odessa, there is a secret base of the NATO monitoring group with equipment that allows to determine the exact coordinates of any ship in the Black Sea within a radius of up to 200 kilometres [124 miles]. The main specialists are employees of the Romanian private military company Nordstarsupport Group", the source said.