The following article is my response to Russian propaganda is everywhere (30/4/22) by Robert Cherminko, a copy of which is included below as an Appendix. Update, 3 May 2022: The code for the two Twitter posts, embedded in this article, has been fixed - James.
Robert Chernenko wrote:
… you faithfully and uncritically … publish obviously false narratives, for instance the false claim that the US was silly enough to have bioweapon labs in (corrupt and unstable) Ukraine, a country always at risk of Russian invasion.
Here is US Undersecretary of State Victoria Nuland, out of her own mouth, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on 9 March 2022, confirming that such claims are, at least, in part true:
Ukraine has "biological research facilities," says Undersecretary of State Victoria Nuland, when asked by Sen Rubio if Ukraine has biological or chemical weapons, and says she's worried Russia may get them. But she says she's 100% sure if there's a biological attack, it's Russia. pic.twitter.com/uo3dHDMfAS
Senator Mark Rubio: Does Ukraine have Chemical or Biological weapons?
Victoria Nuland: Ukraine has biological research facilities which, in fact, we are now quite concerned Russian troops - Russian forces - may be seeking to gain control of, so we are working with the Ukrainians on how they can prevent any of those research materials falling into the hands of Russian forces should they approach.
A somewhat longer (1:11 minutes) version can be found on YouTube.
As Glenn Greenwald responded:
Rubio undoubtedly expected a flat denial by Nuland, thus providing further "proof” that such speculation is dastardly Fake News emanating from the Kremlin, the CCP and QAnon. Instead, Nuland did something completely uncharacteristic for her, for neocons, and for senior U.S. foreign policy officials: for some reason, she told a version of the truth. Her answer visibly stunned Rubio, who — as soon as he realized the damage she was doing to the U.S. messaging campaign by telling the truth — interrupted her and demanded that she instead affirm that if a biological attack were to occur, everyone should be “100% sure” that it was Russia who did it. Grateful for the life raft, Nuland told Rubio he was right.
But Rubio's clean-up act came too late. When asked whether Ukraine possesses “chemical or biological weapons,” Nuland did not deny this: at all. She instead — with palpable pen-twirling discomfort and in halting speech, a glaring contrast to her normally cocky style of speaking in obfuscatory State Department officialese — acknowledged: “uh, Ukraine has, uh, biological research facilities.” Any hope to depict such "facilities” as benign or banal was immediately destroyed by the warning she quickly added: “we are now in fact quite concerned that Russian troops, Russian forces, may be seeking to, uh, gain control of [those labs], so we are working with the Ukrainiahhhns [sic] on how they can prevent any of those research materials from falling into the hands of Russian forces should they approach” — [interruption by Sen. Rubio]:
Nuland's bizarre admission that “Ukraine has biological research facilities” that are dangerous enough to warrant concern that they could fall into Russian hands ironically constituted more decisive evidence of the existence of such programs in Ukraine than what was offered in 2002 and 2003 to corroborate U.S. allegations about Saddam's chemical and biological programs in Iraq.
So, Robert Chernenko, do you think that US Undersecretary of State Victoria Nuland is also "faithfully and uncritically recit[ing] Kremlin propaganda" "that the US was silly enough to have bioweapon labs in (corrupt and unstable) Ukraine"?
Other more detailed and substantiated descriptions of the US-operated bio-weapons programs in Ukraine and Georgia can be found in Dilyana Gaytandzhieva's blog (dilyana.bg). Stories include Pentagon contractors worked in Ukrainian biolabs under $80 million program (16/3/22), Documents expose US biological experiments on allied soldiers in Ukraine and Georgia (24/1/22), Potential pandemic bird flu modified to be more dangerous in new risky NIH research (24/1/22), Measles virus from Afghanistan blamed for deadly outbreak in Ukraine (1/5/18), 51 children hospitalized after mass poisoning in school in Ukraine (10/5/18).
Dilyana Gaytandzhieva is a young female Bulgarian reporter who has worked in many countries, including a number of war zones. Here is Dilyana, 4 years ago, attempting to question the Assistant Secretary of the US Department of 'Health' about the US bio-weapons program:
How a journalist gets expelled from the #EuropeanParliament when asking the Assistant Secretary at the US Department of Health questions about the Pentagon bio laboratories around #Russia, #China and #Iran. pic.twitter.com/RB7cRZGDlG