Kiev and the house-to-house clash: “We are not afraid of chemical attacks”

Of Lorenzo Cremonesi, correspondent

The capital is preparing for urban guerrilla actions But there is no fear of gas attacks: just a little wind and the Russians themselves would be affected

With each passing day, the defenses of the capital grow larger and more robust. Legions of volunteers dig trenches in parks and along major arteries. The trucks of the municipality pile up the bags of sand at the intersections and it is evident the multiplication of Friesland horses, which only a week ago were low and rare, while now they have become much taller and are distributed on all the major roads where it is believed that the Russian tanks may attempt to reach the center. Anti-tank bazooka posts abound, they are recognized by the large slits just above the ground to ensure the soldiers are more agile to aim at the soft underbelly of the assault vehicles.

As for the control of the territory we are quite calm. We are certain that we are superior to the Russians. We slaughtered them as they tried to reach Kiev in their gigantic convoy from Belarus and now we are preparing for close-up guerilla warfare in the urban circle. We will kill their soldiers when they are forced to patrol the city on foot. We have the advantage of knowing our territory, we fight at home. They are unmotivated, the worst is yet to come. But they have the advantage of air superiority. For this reason, NATO must give us the anti-aircraft weapons and surface-to-air missiles necessary to shoot down fighters and drones, the soldiers of the territorial defense battalion number 206 tell us at their base a few steps from the buildings of the Russian Patriarchate. One of them, the Foma officer, explains that one of the reasons for helping people to leave neighboring villages is to be able to shoot without any risk of killing civilians. The Russians are hiding in the houses, if all the inhabitants leave we will easily beat them, he says. Alongside him, 36-year-old Vadym Novytsky, political science researcher expert in relations with NATO countries, adds that one of the positive effects of the Ukrainian crisis is that now finally many of the leaders of NATO countries have realized the danger posed by Russia of Putin.

The alarm comes from the air. This is clearly confirmed by the officers who control the units operating around the village of Irpin and those engaged for over two weeks in the battle of Hostomel airport. If we could continue to control our skies, even Russian ballistic missiles would frighten us less. We would be able to destroy the guns they are placing around Kiev and Putin would be forced to retreat, they clarify. But let’s try to understand why nobody here prepares gas masks and suits, no medicines ready for use, no oxygen cylinders to treat the intoxicated. And we do it with 42-year-old Dmitriy Volochnyuk and 44-year-old Sergey Kolotilov, who head the Institute of Chemistry and Physics at the National University of Kiev (one of the most prestigious scientific institutions at the time of the USSR) and who today serve as military advisers. of their army as regards unconventional warfare.

The wind factor

We are quite sure that Putin will not use chemical weapons, especially since his soldiers are very close to ours. It would take a brief change in the direction of the wind, as was the case in the trenches of the First World War, that the Russians could suffer the effects of their own gases. In Syria he had given Bashar Assad the green light to use the Sarin also because the Russians were absent from the territory. Another issue could be the attack on a nuclear power plant. The immediate effects would be few. But Zelensky and NATO itself could be so frightened as to accept Moscow’s diktat, they explain. Among the fears there is that of an ecological catastrophe, such as a possible attack on a factory with chemical agents or the introduction of poisonous substances into the crowded underground tunnels of the capital.

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