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Austin Vows “Significant Reaction” if Russia Uses Chemical or Biological Weapons in Ukraine

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin says Russia would face a "significant reaction from not only the United States but also the global community" for the use of chemical or biological weapons in Ukraine.
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin says Russia would face a “significant reaction from not only the United States but also the global community” for the use of chemical or biological weapons in Ukraine.

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin warned Sunday a chemical or biological weapons attack by Russia in Ukraine would prompt a “significant reaction” from the United States, as well as global allies and partners.

“If a chemical or biological weapon was used, you’d see a significant reaction from not only the United States, but also the global community,” Austin said in an interview on “Face the Nation.” “I don’t want to speculate about what exactly would change our calculation. I think engaging in hypotheticals is probably not helpful here either, but this is a very serious step and as you heard our president say, we won’t take that lightly.”

Twenty-five days after Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine, Russian forces are struggling in their effort to take over the capital city of Kyiv but have continued their brutal bombardment of civilians. 

In the port city of Mariupol, Ukrainian officials have accused Russia of bombing an art school where 400 people were sheltering, marking the second attack of a public building where civilians were taking shelter in less than a week. Russian forces struck a theater in Mariupol where more than 1,300 people were believed to be inside last week.

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