Contrary to a UN assessment, the Russian Defense Ministry has dismissed the Ukrainian version of the attack on a maternity hospital building in Mariupol as “informal provocation of the Kiev regime” designated. “The airstrike that allegedly took place is a fully orchestrated provocation to keep anti-Russian enthusiasm alive among Western audiences,” ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said on Thursday.
Like Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Konashenkov said the building was attacked on Wednesday. it was last used as a camp for ultra-radical fighters of the Ukrainian Azov battalion.
UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric, for his part, said in New York: “The human rights team there has confirmed and documented what they consider indiscriminate air attack he referred to the hospital and that the hospital was treating women and children at that time. ” The President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, spoke of three civilians killed and 17 wounded in the attack Initially, it was not possible to independently verify whether the Ukrainian fighters were also in the clinic at the time of the Russian attack.
The Russian Defense Ministry also again accused Ukraine on Thursday of having set up laboratories for biological-military experiments with the help of the United States. Konashenkov once again referred to the relevant documents. “According to the documents, the US side planned to conduct work on pathogens of birds, bats and reptiles in Ukraine in 2022,” he stated.
Experiments on the “possibility of transmission of African swine fever and anthrax” were also planned. There were also studies with bats and corona samples.
These descriptions caused disbelief among Russian opposition figures.. “This is a conscious strategy of the Russian authorities. The only thing the Kremlin cannot tell is the truth,” Kira Jarmysh, a spokesperson for imprisoned Kremlin opponent Alexei Navalny, wrote on Twitter. “That’s why more and more absurd versions continue to be invented (…)”.
Russia has accused Ukraine of developing nuclear or biological weapons.
On Monday, the Russian Defense Ministry claimed that there was a network of bio-laboratories in Ukraine working on behalf of the US Department of Defense. However, international fact-checkers have long since invalidated this claim. The UN also said it knew nothing about weapons of mass destruction allegedly produced in Ukraine. (dpa)