3 May, 03:07 PM
Russia is preparing to accuse Ukraine of using biological weapons, Ukrainian intelligence claims
According to the message, Russia’s Surgeon General has signed an order for some regions to prepare for a cholera outbreak.
Crimea, as well as Bryansk, Kursk, Belgorod, Voronezh, Rostov, and Krasnodar regions – all of which share a border with Ukraine – were mentioned in the document.
It instructed Russian officials in those regions to do the following:
· By May 15, open laboratories to study cholera pathogens, tighten control over mass gatherings of people, and issue guidance to the population on how to best stave off the disease;
· By June 1, set up healthcare facilities to deal with an epidemic, and request corresponding medical supplies in required quantities.
“It’s likely that by late May – early June, Russia’s leadership could resort to provocations on its territory near Ukraine,” Ukrainian intelligence said.
“Naturally, there will be attempts to place the blame on Ukraine, accusing (it) of using biological weapons.”