On Sunday, the Russian Defense Ministry issued a report claiming when their troops crossed the border into Ukraine, the Ukrainian government in Kyiv had ordered U.S./NATO-funded Biolabs in the country to destroy deadly pathogens, including plague and anthrax.
Stories of the Russian military targeting Biolabs were initially dismissed as conspiracy theories, but the ministry has now released documents to back up this claim.
In their recent statement, the Russian ministry claims that on February 24, 2022, they received documents from Ukrainian bio-laboratories employees about the destruction of highly dangerous pathogens such as plague, anthrax, Tularemia (Rabbit fever), cholera, and other deadly diseases.
The Kyiv government tried to cover up evidence of the alleged bioweapons program, which the ministry said was funded by the United States. According to the Russian ministry, bioweapons components were made in two labs in Poltava and Kharkiv, cities where fierce fighting has recently been fought.
The U.S. government maintains that they are public and animal health labs operated by host countries and not covert bioweapons operations. Furthermore, they have accused the Russian government of continuing their long-running Russian disinformation campaign.
As per the details made available by the U.S. government, the U.S. Department of Defense’s Biological Threat Reduction Program has been working with partner countries to “to counter the threat of outbreaks (deliberate, accidental, or natural) of the world’s most dangerous infectious diseases.”
On several occasions, Russia has accused the U.S. and Ukraine of developing bio-weapons close to its borders. For example, in April 2021, while talking about the inability of the World Health Organization to establish the origin of Covid, Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev told Kommersant reporter that Russia believed the U.S. was developing bio-weapons near its borders.
Secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation Patrushev: there are clear signs that dangerous pathogens could be used for military-political purposes, we see the revival of biological weapons https://t.co/1jZMnNq6mz— Liveuamap (@Liveuamap) June 24, 2021
Patrushev stated, “I suggest you pay attention to the fact that in the world, more and more new biological laboratories under the control of the United States are growing by leaps and bounds. Moreover, by a strange coincidence – mainly at the Russian and Chinese borders.”
In 2014, the Russian Embassy in the United Kingdom made similar allegations. However, once again, there were no evidence and only conjectures:
Bulgarian investigative journalist Dilyana Gaytandzhieva, who has been researching Biolabs in Ukraine for years, posted the documents on social media:
BREAKING! The Russian Defense ministry has published documents obtained from employees of the Pentagon-funded biolaboratories in #Ukraine. On 24 February the Health ministry of Ukraine instructed these biolaboratories to urgently destroy deadly pathogens and bio agents pic.twitter.com/F4HN5Gu0Tj— Dilyana Gaytandzhieva (@dgaytandzhieva) March 6, 2022
As reported previously at RAIR Foundation USA, Gaytandzhieva, who was fired from The Bulgarian Trud Daily newspaper in 2017 after publishing an article about covert arms supplies to terror groups in Syria by the CIA, had previously revealed that the U.S. embassy in Ukraine had removed all documents from its Pentagon-funded Biolabs in Ukraine.
The US Embassy in #Ukraine has just deleted from its website all documents about 11 Pentagon-funded biolaboratories in Ukraine. I have published all these documents (now deleted by the Embassy) here https://t.co/Odc0ermmZe and in the thread below pic.twitter.com/benFmDwguI— Dilyana Gaytandzhieva (@dgaytandzhieva) February 26, 2022
Specialists are currently analyzing the documents released by Russia who, according to their ministry, will prove that Ukraine and the U.S. have violated the Biological Weapons Treaty.