Russia: US continues to operate bio-labs in Ukraine

The war in Ukraine

Published 29 March 2024
- By Editorial Staff
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Russia again accuses the US of operating at least 30 bio-labs in Ukraine, despite Washington’s claims to the contrary.

Russia’s envoy to the Netherlands and permanent representative to the OPCW, Vladimir Tarabrin, is accusing the US of operating 30 bio-labs in Ukraine as part of what he says is an illegal military biological program.

In an interview with the Russian news channel Izvestia, Tarabrin claims that the presence of US laboratories on Ukrainian soil has been widely known for some time, with documents allegedly confirming the existence of these facilities.

Lieutenant General Igor Kirillov of Russia’s Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Protection Forces stated in March 2022 that 30 such bio-labs had been identified.

Resumed under new names

He claims that the activity resumed under new names after Russia’s military operation against Ukraine in February 2022, despite the Kiev government’s alleged attempt to stop research on dangerous pathogens.

Vladimir Tarabrin believes that the US is actively obstructing Russian proposals aimed at strengthening the regulatory framework of the Biological Weapons Convention, including opposition to the establishment of a robust mechanism to ensure compliance by participating countries.

Russia has long expressed concerns about these laboratories and has strongly criticized the US for blocking proposals to strengthen the regulatory framework for biological weapons.

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