MOSCOW, March 7. /TASS/. On the pretext of testing anti-COVID medications Ukraine has sent to the United States samples of serum taken from thousands of patients, in the first place, belonging to the "Slavic ethnos," the chief of Russia’s radiation, chemical and biological protection force, Igor Kirillov, told a news briefing on Monday.
"On the pretext of testing means of treatment and prevention of the novel coronavirus infection several thousand samples of serum taken from patients, in the first place, belonging to the Slavic ethnos, were brought from Ukraine to the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research," he said.
He stressed that "the activity of biological laboratories, whose activity came to light in 2014, and the United States’ program for a so-called reform of the Ukrainian health service system has brought about an uncontrolled growth in very dangerous and economically significant infections."
The Russian Defense Ministry made public its analysis of guidelines of the United States’ military-biological research on Ukrainian territory.
According its findings, the United States was gathering and handing over to the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research highly pathogenic samples of such infectious diseases as plague, anthrax, cholera, tularemia, brucellosis, Crimean-Congo fever virus, hantaviruses, tick-borne encephalitis virus and leptospirosis. Also, biomedical samples were taken from about 4,000 Ukrainian soldiers.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on February 24 launched a special military operation in Ukraine following a request for assistance from the leaders of the Donbass republics. He said Moscow had no plans for an occupation of Ukrainian territories. The sole purpose is the country’s demilitarization and denazification.