Donetsk, Dec 22 – DAN. Ukraine received several shipments of toxic substances from the United States, the deputy head of the DPR People's Militia Eduard Basurin said.

According to him, botulinum toxin and its antidote were imported to Ukraine in the autumn. This toxic substance causes paralysis and is deadly. Basurin said that the toxin came in metal containers that can be used in grenade launcher attacks, as well as dropped by unmanned aerial vehicles.

The deputy head added that at the same time a 300 kg container with benzoxazepin chemical agent arrived to Mariupol.

Earlier, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said that the Ukrainian side was preparing a provocation using poisonous substances. It was reported that tanks with unidentified chemical components were delivered to Avdeyevka and Krasnyi Liman. *ot