Support The Moscow Times!

Kremlin Labels Reports on Syrian Gas Attack 'Hatchet Job'

The Kremlin has denounced claims that toxic gas had been used in the Syrian region close to a downed Russian helicopter, calling the reports a “hatchet job,” the RIA Novosti news agency reported Tuesday.

The Reuters news agency reported on Tuesday that containers of toxic gas had been dropped on a Syria town close to the crash site of the Mi-8 military helicopter.

The Syria Civil Defence, a group which describes itself as a local volunteer organization, claimed that the gas had affected 33 people in the town of Saraqib, in the rebel-held Syrian province of Idlib. The group released an unverified video online which allegedly shows people struggling to breath after the toxic attack, Reuters reported.

The group was unable to determine the type of the gas, its spokesman said.

A Russian Mi-8 helicopter was shot down over rebel territory near Saraqib on Monday, killing all five people on board. The helicopter was attacked while it was returning to a Russian air base after what the Kremlin claims was a humanitarian mission.

No group has claimed responsibility for downing Mi-8 so far.

… we have a small favor to ask. As you may have heard, The Moscow Times, an independent news source for over 30 years, has been unjustly branded as a "foreign agent" by the Russian government. This blatant attempt to silence our voice is a direct assault on the integrity of journalism and the values we hold dear.

We, the journalists of The Moscow Times, refuse to be silenced. Our commitment to providing accurate and unbiased reporting on Russia remains unshaken. But we need your help to continue our critical mission.

Your support, no matter how small, makes a world of difference. If you can, please support us monthly starting from just $2. It's quick to set up, and you can be confident that you're making a significant impact every month by supporting open, independent journalism. Thank you.

Once
Monthly
Annual
Continue
paiment methods
Not ready to support today?
Remind me later.

Read more