Pentagon divulges number of US-funded biolabs in Ukraine — Analysis
Over the last 20 years, 46 Ukrainian facilities have been supported by the US, according to the Pentagon. However, this support was part of a peaceful project for public health and not as a way to create biological weapons. Russia and China were both accused by the US military. “spreading disinformation and sowing mistrust”About its efforts to eliminate weapons of mass destruction in the world (WMD).
This is the first time the US Department of Defense disclosed the exact number of facilities its government has supported in Ukraine, in a document titled ‘Fact Sheet on WMD Threat Reduction Efforts.’
According to Pentagon data, US currently has “worked collaboratively to improve Ukraine’s biological safety, security, and disease surveillance for both human and animal health,”Supporting “46 peaceful Ukrainian laboratories, health facilities, and disease diagnostic sites over the last two decades.”They have been focused on “improving public health and agricultural safety measures at the nexus of nonproliferation.”
These biolabs were instrumental in the development of new technologies. “often”Developed in collaboration with organizations like the World Health Organization and World Organization for Animal Health. “consistent with international best practices and norms in publishing research results, partnering with international colleagues and multilateral organizations, and widely distributing their research and public health findings,”But the Pentagon insisted.
According to the Russian military, only three of the Ukrainian labs had the safety level required for the types of research that they engaged in. Lieutenant General Igor Kirillov, Head of Radioactive, Chemical, and Biological Protection Forces, cited reports from Ukraine to show a number of issues at Odessa’s facility.
In a series of briefings starting in March, the Russian military has presented evidence of the Pentagon’s involvement in funding laboratories in Ukraine. Kirillov charged Kiev with launching a biological assault against Lugansk, a breakaway territory of Ukraine. “inhumane experiments”On patients in Ukraine. Another evidence suggests attempts to arm drones for dispersal of pathogens and to destroy compromising material after Russia invaded Ukraine in February.
According to Russia’s Investigative Committee, the US has poured more than $224 million into biological research in Ukraine between 2005 and early 2022. Moscow claimed that this scheme was carried out by Western pharmaceutical corporations, charities, and the US Democratic Party.
For more information, listen to the Pentagon. “full approval”Engagement by the Russian Government “thousands of former Russian biological weapons scientists to conduct peaceful biological research projects for public health purposes.”In the earlier part of the document, US military asserts that they were trying to create “sustainable civilian employment” Scientists with “weapons-related knowledge”In order to “remove incentives to seek or accept of terrorist or other state actor employment and financing.”
US support for biological research in Ukraine “remain peaceful efforts to improve nuclear and radiological safety and security, disease surveillance, chemical safety and security, and readiness to respond to epidemics and pandemics such as COVID-19,”According to the Pentagon.
Meanwhile, it accused Russia – with the help of China – of seeking “to undermine that work by spreading disinformation and sowing mistrust in the people and institutions all over the world that contribute to WMD threat reduction.”
China responded to Russian briefings and demanded that the US provide an answer. “fair, objective and professional”His activities explained.
The Pentagon insisted that Ukraine be included. “has no nuclear, chemical, or biological weapons programs”The small amount of high-enriched uranium, (HEU), that is still available at Kharkov and Kiev research institutes has been removed. “is well below the amount needed to produce a nuclear device.”