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US plans to accuse Russia of using nuclear weapons in Ukraine – Moscow

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Russian Defense Ministry says Washington wants to use weapons of mass destruction to trap Moscow

Russia has accused the United States of planning the use of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in Ukraine in order to trap Moscow. The United States is preparing “a provocation aimed at accusing the Russian armed forces of using chemical, biological or tactical nuclear weapons”, Lt. Gen. Igor Kirillov, head of Russia’s Radiation, Chemical and Biological Protection Force, said on Saturday.

According to Kirillov, the supposed plans include “three scenarios”. The most likely scenario, he said, is a false flag attack on civilians, or “an act of sabotage on Ukrainian sites, which were involved in the development of components for weapons of mass destruction.”

Kirillov said the potential targets are the Zaporozhskaya nuclear power plant, controlled by Russia since early March, and the site of a former chemical plant in Kamenskoye, eastern Ukraine.

RBC Ukraina reported last year that the Kamenskoye plant was used for uranium enrichment in Soviet times and still contains nuclear waste. Kirillov said the Russian Defense Ministry has obtained a document that shows facilities there are in critical condition.

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The second option mentioned by Kirillov involves “discreetly” using WMDs ” in small quantities “. He claimed that the Pentagon originally planned to deploy WMD at Azovstal, a large steel mill in the Sea of ​​Azov port in Mariupol.

While Russian and Donbass troops largely control the city, a handful of Ukrainian soldiers and civilians remain holed up in the mill, mostly underground. On Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin called off the assault on the factory, opting instead for a blockade.

The last option is what Kirillov called “an open use of WMDs on the battlefield.” He said it could be used in the Donbass cities of Slaviansk and Kramatorsk, which are close to the front line and controlled by kyiv. Kirillov called this scenario “least likely”.

The general said that last month Russian intelligence found three spray drones in the Kherson region of southern Ukraine. He argued that drones could be used to spray “Biological Agents and Toxic Chemicals.” Kirillov said vials containing an unknown substance were dropped on Russian troops on Thursday. The vials are being studied by the Ministry of Defence, he said.

Kirillov noted that Russia got rid of all its chemical weapons in 2017, while the Soviet Union abandoned its biological weapons program in 1972.

Moscow has previously claimed that Ukraine has maintained US-funded biological weapons research programs, citing what it said were documents from several labs in the country. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky strongly denied the claims, saying the labs were only “ordinary scientific research”.

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In an interview that aired on CNN last week, Zelensky said “All countries should be worried” that Russia could use nuclear or chemical weapons.

Izumi Nakamitsu, the UN’s top disarmament official, said last month that the organization was “not aware” of any biological weapons program in Ukraine.

In March, US diplomat Victoria Nuland testified before the Senate that the US was working with Kyiv “to ensure that biological research materials do not fall into the hands of Russian forces.” The State Department, however, said allegations that the United States and Kyiv conducted “chemical and biological weapons activities in Ukraine” have been “plain and simple lies”.

Russia attacked the neighboring state in late February, following Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, first signed in 2014, and Moscow’s eventual recognition of the republics from the Donbass of Donetsk and Lugansk. The protocols negotiated by Germany and France were designed to give breakaway regions a special status within the Ukrainian state.

The Kremlin has since demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join the US-led NATO military bloc. kyiv insists the Russian offensive was unprovoked and has denied claims it planned to retake the two republics by force.

RT

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