March 11, 2022 (Reuters) - The World Health Organization has advised Ukraine to destroy dangerous pathogens housed in the country's public health laboratories, to prevent the spread of diseases to the population.
Like many other countries, Ukraine has public health laboratories that study ways to reduce the threat of dangerous diseases that affect both animals and humans, including most recently COVID-19. The laboratories have received support from the United States, the European Union and the WHO.
Biosafety experts say Russian troop movements into Ukraine and the bombing of Ukrainian cities have increased the risk of pathogens escaping, should any of these facilities be damaged.
Responding to questions from Reuters about its cooperation with Ukraine before and during Russia's invasion, WHO said in an e-mail Thursday that it has been working with Ukrainian public health laboratories for several years to promote safety practices that help prevent "accidental or deliberate release of pathogens."
"As part of this work, WHO has strongly recommended that the Ministry of Health in Ukraine and other responsible agencies destroy high-risk pathogens to prevent possible spread," said WHO, a United Nations agency.
WHO would not say when it had made the recommendation, nor did it provide specific information on the types of pathogens or toxins housed in Ukrainian laboratories. The agency also did not respond to questions about whether the recommendations were being followed.
Ukrainian officials in Kiev and at their embassy in Washington did not respond to requests for comment.
Ukraine's laboratory capabilities have been at the center of a growing information war since Russia began sending troops to Ukraine two weeks ago.
On Friday, Russia summoned the 15 members of the U.N. Security Council to reiterate, without providing evidence, an old allegation that Ukraine was running biological weapons laboratories with support from the U.S. Department of Defense.
The allegation has been repeatedly denied by Ukraine and the United States, where government officials warn that Russia could use it as a pretext to deploy its own chemical or biological weapons.
Izumi Nakamitsu, U.N. High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, told the Security Council Friday that the United Nations "is not aware" of a biological weapons program in Ukraine, which has joined an international ban on such weapons, as have Russia and the United States along with 180 other countries.
U.N. officials have also said that WHO, in its work with Ukraine, is not aware of any activity in the country that would violate international treaties "including chemical weapons or biological weapons."
WHO's statement to Reuters referred only to public health laboratories. The agency said it encourages all parties to cooperate in "the safe and secure removal of any pathogens they encounter, and to seek technical assistance if necessary." It offered to help with technical guidance and coordination whenever possible.
Now what was said and not said in this article ( but only between the lines ) ?
At the time of the invasion of the Donbass by Russia, there were 43 biolabs funded by the USA in Ukraine. None of these biolabs were located in the Donbass with the exception of Mariupol, where the Russians invaded, collected evidence of the horrible practices that took place there including a large amount of witness statements on video from residents of Mariupol who had been victims of horrible biological tests.
After the invasion, indeed an information war broke out. Russia asked the UN for an investigation by independent international investigators. The USA representative vehemently denied that there were Ukrainian US-funded biolabs experimenting with dangerous pathogens and gain of function, while Victoria Nuland admitted almost simultaneously, at a judicial hearing that the united states were funding biolabs in Ukraine. And there's more to it.
In 2015 the USA and Ukraine signed a contract about the biolabs.
The WHO squeezed its buttocks together. It was afraid that the the whole thing would come out so, it advised Ukraine to destroy the dangerous pathogens and erase the traces. This, however, did not happen.
Not unimportant is the fact that the USA is funding a whole series of other biolabs outside its own territory ( in Poland, Bulgaria and Romania among others ) where similarly experiments are being done with very dangerous pathogens and gain of function. Why they do this ? To protect the people from ... ? Certainly not. In that case they would rather look for ways to neutralize existing pathogens.
The Red Cross acts as a transport machine for the large illegal flows of money shipped to Ukraine. For obvious reasons, no accounts are kept of the hundreds of millions that are channeled in cash. That's how smart they are.
Wrong mess. Very wrong mess.