The army says that a possible false-flag chemical attack, using fabricated evidence, would be used to blame Moscow.
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Moscow has accused the Ukrainian government of plotting to use weapons of mass destruction to blame the Russian military.
Igor Kirillov, the president of the Russian Radiation, Chemical and Biological Protection Force said that the event would be used to launch a “Syrian scenario” investigation to fabricate evidence and blame Russia.
Kirillov said that: “The Russian Ministry of Defense has information about the preparation of provocations with the goal of accusing the Russian Armed Forces of using weapons of mass destruction, followed by a ‘Syrian scenario’ investigation, which allows the necessary evidence to be fabricated and blame to be assigned,” referring to the 2018 chemical attack which took place in Douma, Syria.
Immediately after the attack, the U.S., U.K., and France blamed the Syrian government, and then proceeded to launch strikes on Syria, even before an investigation took place. The following investigation carried out by the OPCW that also blamed the Syrian government, was full of inconsistencies as well as a whistleblower scandal.
The official said that the Ukrainian government was in the process of fabricating a chemical incident before its current armed conflict with Russia.
He went on to say that: “The high probability of such provocations is confirmed by the requests of the Kiev administration for the supply of personal protective equipment for the skin and respiratory organs which provides protection against toxic chemicals and biological agents.”
“The facts of the supply of antidotes of organophosphorus poisons to Ukraine are concerning. In 2022 alone, at the request of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine, more than 220,000 ampoules of atropine were delivered from the United States.”
The Russian government has been continually accusing the Ukrainian government of trying to fabricate a chemical attack scenario in order to blame Russian forces.
There are three scenarios, outlined by Kirillov, where the potential use of weapons of mass destruction can be used by Ukrainian forces:
A false flag attack on civilians;
Sabotage on Ukrainian sites which developed WMD components;
The discreet use of WMDs in small quantities and the use of WMDs on the battlefield.
After Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms outlined in the Minsk agreement - which was signed in 2014 - Russia attacked its neighboring state, and recognised the independence and sovereignty of the Donbass republics of the Luhansk and Donetsk regions of Ukraine.