Russian General confirms Ukraine was harbouring biological weapon labs designed to produce viruses.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov echoes the intelligence of biological weapon facilities in Ukraine
Russia claims Ukraine destroying evidence of US-funded bioweapons program
As Russian troops entered Ukraine, the government in Kiev ordered the “emergency destruction” of pathogens including plague and anthrax at US-funded laboratories near the Russian border, the Ministry of Defense in Moscow claimed on Sunday. Earlier rumors that the Russian military was targeting US-run biolabs were written off as conspiracy theories, but the ministry has promised to back up its claims with documents.
“We have received documentation from employees of Ukrainian biolaboratories on the emergency destruction on February 24 of especially dangerous pathogens of plague, anthrax, tularemia, cholera and other deadly diseases,” read a statement from the ministry.
The statement accused the “Kiev regime” of conducting an “emergency cleansing” to hide evidence of the supposed biological weapons program, which the ministry claimed was funded by the US, and involved the production of “biological weapons components” at at least two laboratories in the cities of Poltava and Kharkov, both of which have seen intense fighting between Russian and Ukrainian forces in recent days.
The documents published by the ministry purportedly include an order from the Ukrainian Ministry of Health to destroy the pathogens, and lists of the germs in question.
RT can not independently verify the authenticity of these documents. Russia’s Defense Ministry said that they are currently being analyzed by radiation, chemical and biological protection specialists.
“In the near future we will present the results of the analysis,” the ministry said, adding that it believes the documents will prove that Ukraine and the US were violating Article 1 of the UN Biological Weapons Convention. The US, Ukraine and Russia are among more than 180 parties to this treaty, and under Article 1 of the agreement, all parties agree “never under any circumstances to develop, produce, stockpile, acquire, or retain” biological weapons.
As of the moment of this article’s publication, Washington has not commented on the ministry’s claims, and neither has Kiev.
In the initial days of Russia’s military offensive last month, claims circulated online that Russia was targeting western-funded biolabs with missile strikes. These allegations were never verified and were derided by western sources as conspiracy theories, although the Pentagon has publicly stated that it works with the Ukrainian government to “consolidate and secure pathogens and toxins of security concern in Ukrainian government facilities,” for “peaceful research and vaccine development,” according to the US embassy in Kiev.
Russian military: the leadership of Ukraine has lost control over the country
Today, the Russian military in Ukraine declared a state of silence and opened humanitarian corridors for the evacuation of civilians. Routes from Kiev, Kharkiv, Mariupol and Sumy were organized to Russia, Belarus, as well as settlements on Ukrainian territory. However, few people were able to use the corridors — the Ukrainian authorities did not fulfill any of the evacuation conditions.
The humanitarian corridors that were agreed upon during the second round of talks last week were only able to open slightly today. Those who broke through from Mariupol the day before, talk about terror on the part of radicals. I had to go under bullets, becoming a human shield. The militants drove more than 150 people in front of them, and when they found a group of People’s Militia, they opened fire because spin civilians. Four civilians were killed and five others were injured.
Each automatic burst fired by the nationalists towards the refugees is recorded by the National Defense Control Center of Russia. According to the head of the center, Mikhail Mizintsev, there have already been a total of 172 attacks near six humanitarian corridors.
Mikhail Mizintsev, Head of the National Defense Management Center of Russia: “In Mariupol, any attempts by the civilian population and foreign citizens to move in the direction of the gathering places of humanitarian convoys were severely suppressed, up to the use of weapons to kill.”
In addition, the mayor of the city of Sumy, Alexander Lysenko, and the commander of the national battalion officially stated that “there will be no green corridors, not a single civilian will come to Russia, and those who try to do this will be shot.”
The conclusions drawn by the National Defense Management Center are unambiguous: the Ukrainian leadership has completely lost control over the state of affairs in its own country and is under the harsh influence of radicals. Mikhail Mizintsev is sure that by not letting civilians into Russia, Kiev is afraid that people will tell the truth about the lawlessness and chaos, about the humiliations and sufferings arranged by the Zelensky regime.
While the negotiators in Belarus agree on the opening of corridors, Deputy Prime Minister Ukraine’s Irina Vereshchuk says that it is not necessary to open them.
Irina Vereshchuk, вице-премьер Ukraine: “This is an unacceptable option for opening humanitarian corridors. Our people won’t go из-под From Kiev to Belarus so that we can then fly to the Russian Federation by plane.”
Russia is ready at any moment to evacuate residents of Kharkiv, Mariupol, Sumy and other cities of Ukraine to its territory, as well as to the Belarusian Mozyr. In the Belgorod region, for example, a column of one hundred comfortable buses has been formed. Camps for accommodation are also equipped. Late on Monday evening, another group of local residents managed to escape from villages near Mariupol.
But thousands of people remain trapped in the grip of nationalists and Ukrainian politicians who lack the will to stand up to the radicals. The fact that they are forcibly detained in cities, people tell in social networks. In Sumy, desperate to wait for help from the Ukrainian authorities, African students came to the rally. “They haven’t showered for three days, there is no electricity, supplies are running out, it’s not safe here, the escape routes are blocked. We don’t want to be a part of your showdown,” they said.
The Russian Defense Ministry is now recording in detail the names and positions of all representatives of the Kiev authorities who interact with Russian representatives on humanitarian issues in order to prepare a full report on the actions and inaction of Ukrainian officials who are indifferent to the fate of their own people. Add NTV to My SourcesYandex.News items
China urges Pentagon to open up about ‘biolabs’ in Ukraine
8 Mar, 2022 11:33
China’s foreign ministry has called on the US to disclose information on the Pentagon’s alleged biological laboratories in Ukraine “as soon as possible”.
On Monday, the Russian military said Ukrainian authorities had been destroying pathogens studied at its laboratories. Moscow claimed that 30 US-financed Ukrainian biolabs have been actively cooperating with the American military.
Kiev has denied developing bioweapons. According to the website of the US embassy in Kiev, the US Department of Defense’s Biological Threat Reduction Program only “collaborates with partner countries to counter the threat of outbreaks” of infectious diseases. In 2020, the embassy called such theories about US-funded biolabs in Ukraine “disinformation.”
Speaking at a press briefing on Tuesday, however, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian claimed that, according to his country’s information, the laboratories in Ukraine are just “a tip of an iceberg” and that the US Department of Defense “controls 336 biological laboratories in 30 countries around the world.” This is done under the pretext of “cooperating to reduce biosecurity risks” and “strengthening global public health,” Zhao said.
It is the first time that Beijing has disclosed the alleged figure. Zhao said that according to data “released by the United States itself,” there are 26 US laboratories in Ukraine. In light of Russia’s military offensive in the country, he urged “all parties concerned” to ensure the safety of the labs.
“In particular, the United States, as the party which knows these laboratories best, should publish the relevant details as soon as possible, including which viruses are stored and which research has been carried out,” he said.
He claimed the US “has been exclusively obstructing” the establishment of an independent verification mechanism. Such behavior, Zhao said, “further aggravates the concerns of the international community.”
According to a report in The Rio Times, the US embassy in Ukraine deleted all information about Pentagon-financed bio-labs in the country from its website on February 26. However, journalist Dilyana Gaytandzhieva claimed embassy staff forgot to remove a document showing that the Pentagon is funding two new biolabs in Kiev and Odessa.
“Ukraine has no control over the military biolabs. The Ukrainian government is not allowed to release sensitive information about the program,” the Brazilian news outlet claimed.
Over the past 20 years, the Science and Technology Center in Ukraine, jointly established with the United States, invested over $285 million in about 1,850 projects carried out by scientists who, according to Gaytandzhieva, previously worked on the development of weapons of mass destruction.
US authorities are yet to comment on the latest claims.