The British Ministry of Defense warned today about a possible Russian “false flag” operation to justify the use of chemical or biological weapons in Ukraine.
“Russia could possibly be planning to use chemical or biological weapons in a ‘false flag’ operation,” affirmed the Ministry of Defense in a posting through the social network Twitter. “Such an operation could take the form of a mock attack, a simulated ‘discovery’ of agents or ammunition, or fabricated evidence of alleged Ukrainian planning to use such weapons.
Russian accusations that Ukraine intends to use chemical and biological weapons continue, he says, reiterating that they have “seen no evidence to support these accusations.”
western officials they had already warned on his “serious concern” that Vladimir Putin may use chemical weapons in kyiv, and say a “completely horrific” attack could be triggered in the Ukrainian capital as Russian forces try to overcome logistical problems that have apparently affected troops heading to kyiv, according to reports. TheGuardian.
A Western official told the British outlet: “I think we have good reason to be concerned about the possible use of unconventional weapons, partly because of what we’ve seen happen in other settings. For example, what we’ve seen in Syria, in part because we’ve seen a little bit of preparation for that in the false flag claims that are coming out, and other indications as well. So it’s a serious concern for us.”
The Biden administration also publicly warned that Russia might try to use chemical or biological weapons in Ukraine.after the White House rejected Russian claims of illegal development of chemical weapons in the country it has invaded.
Last week, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova accused Ukraine of having chemical and biological weapons laboratories on its territory.supported by the US. The White House press secretary, Jen Psaki called Russia’s claim “absurd” and said it could be part of an attempt by Russia to lay the groundwork for the use of such weapons of mass destruction against Ukraine.
“This is all an obvious ploy by Russia to try to justify its new premeditated, unprovoked and unwarranted attack on Ukraine.”, Psaki tweeted on Wednesday. “Now that Russia has made these false claims, and China has apparently backed this propaganda, We should all be vigilant about the possibility of Russia using chemical or biological weapons in Ukraine, or creating a false flag operation using them.”
The United States has warned for months about Russian “false flag” operations to create a pretext for invasion. Wednesday’s warning suggested that Russia could try to create a pretext to escalate the two-week conflict that has seen the Russian offensive slowed by stronger-than-expected Ukrainian defenders but not stopped.
During years, the international community has assessed that Russia has used chemical weapons before to carry out assassination attempts against Putin enemies such as Alexey Navalny and former spy Sergei Skripal. Russia also supports the Assad government in Syria, which has used chemical weapons against its people in a decade-long civil war.
Asked about the claims by a Russian journalist, United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarric said: “At the moment we have no information to confirm these reports or these accusations about these types of labs.”
“Our colleagues from the World Health Organization, who have been working with the Ukrainian governments, said that are not aware of any activity by the government of Ukraine that is inconsistent with its obligations under international treaties, including on chemical or biological weapons,” Dujarric added.
“The Kremlin is intentionally spreading outright lies that the US and Ukraine are carrying out chemical and biological weapons activities in Ukraine”said the State Department spokesman, NedPrice, it’s a statement.
“Russia is making up false pretexts in an attempt to justify its own horrible actions in Ukraine.”
(With information from AFP and AP)
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