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Date: 18 March 2022 Author: Grzegorz Kuczyński
Russian Invasion Of Ukraine: Could Russia Use Chemical And/Or Biological Weapons In Ukraine?
With Russia’s frantic claims that Ukraine was operating non-conventional weapons, there are increasing concerns that Russia could be prepared to use chemical weapons to attack Ukraine. Russia has a track record of accusing the West of the very crimes that Russia itself is perpetrating.
Moscow called the meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss its unproven allegations that Ukraine is operating biological weapons laboratories. Russia accused the United States of supporting a biological weapons program in Ukraine––although it had no evidence. Izumi Nakamitsu, the UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, told the UN Security Council on March 11 that the UN was “not aware of any biological weapons programs” in Ukraine. Perhaps this could be a deliberate smokescreen to deploy chemical or biological weapons to target people living in the so-called “people’s republics” in Donbas in what could be a false flag operation. That is nothing new for Russia, though. Earlier Russia claimed that Ukraine was developing biological weapons with U.S. support in labs in Georgia and Latvia. Russia has a large stockpile of biological and chemical weapons it could use against Ukraine. Moscow has been notorious for deploying such weapons while targeting Ukraine would send a shockwave through the authorities in Kyiv and the West and bolster the Kremlin’s chance for concessions. As for chemical weapons, Russia has sarin, the nerve agent Novichok or VX gas. With Moscow’s support, some of these agents were used by forces loyal to Syria’s Bashar al-Assad. In addition, Russia has been developing its biological weapons program. Possibly Russia would use the virus of Ebola or Marburg to intimidate civilians in Ukrainian cities.
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