UN denies Russian claim that Ukraine has 'biological weapons' program

12 March, 12:44 PM
Ukraine's envoy to the UN Serhiy Kyslytsia shows photographic evidence of Russian war crimes in Ukrainian cities. (Photo:Carlo Allegri/Reuters)

Ukraine's envoy to the UN Serhiy Kyslytsia shows photographic evidence of Russian war crimes in Ukrainian cities. (Photo:Carlo Allegri/Reuters)

The United Nations on March 11 said it saw no evidence that Ukraine has a "biological weapons" program as the Kremlin has claimed, the Reuters news agency reported on March 11.

Izumi Nakamitsu, the U.N. High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, told the council the United Nations is "not aware" of any biological weapons program in Ukraine, which has long been a signatory of an international ban on such arms, as have Russia, United States, and 180 other countries.

The U.N. was responding to claims made by the Russian Defense Ministry, which published materials allegedly proving the existence of laboratories for the production of biological weapons in Ukraine. The Kremlin claims that four of them are allegedly located in Kyiv and its environs, three in Lviv and one more each in Ternopil, Kharkiv, Kherson, Odesa, Vinnytsia, Uzhgorod, Mykolaiv, and Poltava.

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Russia also claimed that the laboratories were allegedly supported by the United States.

U.S. officials denied such claims, calling them "absurd" and "laughable."

Other U.N. country delegates called the claim "a lie" and "utter nonsense" and used the session to accuse Russia of deliberately targeting and killing hundreds of civilians in Ukraine. Russia has denied attacking Ukrainian citizens, calling its invasion of Ukraine ”a special military operation," Reuters reported.

In fact, Russia is continuing to attack civilian targets in Ukraine, including hospitals and residential blocks.

The U.S. envoy to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, said Washington was "deeply concerned" that Russia had called the session as a "false flag effort" to lay the groundwork for its own use of biological or chemical weapons in Ukraine.

"Russia has a track record of falsely accusing other countries of the very violations that Russia itself is perpetrating," she said.

"We have serious concerns that Russia may be planning to use chemical or biological agents against the Ukrainian people."

At 0500 on Feb. 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that he had decided to launch a "special operation" in the Donbas following a request from the puppet authorities in the non-government-controlled Luhansk and Donetsk territories. In fact, Russian forces launched a full-scale invasion, though this is being concealed from the Russian public.

Previously, the Russian government repeatedly stated that it would not attack Ukraine, while for months it massed troops and equipment next to its border with Ukraine.

March 12 is the 17th day of Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Russia is advancing from the north, east and south.

From the first days of the war, the situation has been most difficult in Kharkiv, Chernihiv, Sumy, in Kyiv and its outskirts.

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