US manufactures ‘bioweapons components’ in Ukraine — RT Russia and the former Soviet Union

The United States is using Ukraine to manufacture components for biological weapons, the commander of Russia’s Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Defense Forces told the State Duma on Tuesday. Lieutenant General Igor Kirillov says the Russian military found plenty of evidence of this in Donetsk, Lugansk and Kherson.

“We have no doubt that the United States, under the guise of ensuring global biosecurity, has conducted dual-use research, including the creation of biological weapon components, near Russian borders,” Kirillov told lawmakers.

He said the army came to this conclusion after interviewing several eyewitnesses and going through some 2,000 pages of documents found in the Kherson region and in the people’s republics of Donetsk and Luhansk. The investigation also involved a parliamentary task force and federal law enforcement.

Moscow raised concerns about a network of secret US-funded labs in Ukraine during the first weeks of the conflict, and has frequently released evidence about the program ever since. The US government confirmed the existence of the labs last March, but insisted they were neither illegal nor intended for military purposes, despite much of their funding going through the Pentagon. .

According to Kirillov, the investigation identified specific individuals involved in military bio-research on the territory of the United States and Ukraine. He also noted that the facts made public by the Russian Defense Ministry have not been disputed.

“No one, including Western countries, doubted the authenticity of the published documents,” said the general.

Moscow took the issue of biolabs to the UN last October, calling for an international investigation, but the motion was blocked by the US, UK and France in the Security Council.

The program in Ukraine was previously known as “Joint Biological Research”, but has since been renamed “Biological Control Research”, according to documents presented by Kirillov last week. The United States has charged an alleged Russian disinformation campaign for increased public scrutiny of biolabs.

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