Russia’s Defense Ministry says Kiev ordered scientists to destroy samples of plague, anthrax and other deadly pathogens
When Russian troops entered Ukraine, the government in Kiev ordered the “emergency destruction” of pathogens, including plague and anthrax, in US-funded laboratories near the Russian border, the Defense Ministry in Moscow said on Sunday. Earlier rumors that the Russian military targeted US-run biolabs have been dismissed as conspiracy theories, but the ministry has promised to back up its claims with documents.
“We received documents from employees of Ukrainian biolaboratories about the emergency destruction on February 24 of particularly dangerous pathogens of plague, anthrax, tularemia, cholera and other deadly diseases,” read a statement from the ministry.
The statement accuses the “Kiev regime” to lead a “emergency cleaning” hiding evidence of the alleged biological weapons program, which the ministry said was funded by the United States and involved the production of “biological weapon components” in at least two labs in the cities of Poltava and Kharkov, both of which have seen intense fighting between Russian and Ukrainian forces in recent days.
Documents released by the ministry reportedly include an order from the Ukrainian Health Ministry to destroy the pathogens and lists of the germs in question.
RT cannot independently verify the authenticity of these documents. The Russian Defense Ministry said they are currently being analyzed by specialists in radiation protection, chemical and biological protection.
“In the near future, we will present the results of the analysis”, the ministry said, adding that it believed the documents would prove that Ukraine and the United States violated Article 1 of the United Nations Biological Weapons Convention. The United States, 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 develop, produce, store, acquire or retain” biological weapons.
At the time of this article’s publication, Washington has not commented on the ministry’s claims, and neither has Kyiv.
In the early days of Russia’s military offensive last month, claims circulated online that Russia was targeting Western-funded biological labs with missile strikes. These allegations have never been verified and have been derided by Western sources as conspiracy theories, although the Pentagon has publicly stated that it is working with the Ukrainian government to “consolidating and securing pathogens and toxins of safety concern in Ukrainian government facilities”, for “peaceful research and development of vaccines”, according to the US Embassy in Kyiv.
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