A Pentagon representative, John Kirby, called the Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu's statements on the US planning provocations by chemical weapons in Donbas "false." Edward Price, a Spokesperson for the United States Department of State, said it was not Ukraine or the United States that was responsible for escalating the war in Donbas, but Russia.
"Minister Shoygu's statements are absolutely false," Kirby said.
Price addressed Russia.
"We call on Russia to stop using false, inflammatory rhetoric and take meaningful steps to de-escalate tensions to provide a positive atmosphere for discussions," he wrote.
Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu said 120 American mercenaries had brought chemical weapons to eastern Ukraine and were preparing for a provocation.