Updated: May 14, 2022
According to the Russian Federation Permanent Representative to the UN Office in Gene-va, Gennady Gatilov, extensive dangerous biological military weapons and research pro-grams have been found in Ukraine.
As 21WIRE previously reported, many of these highly exotic projects are being funded by the United States, under the Pentagon’s Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA).
However, the story does not end there. Other alleged bioweapons programs and their facilities are also funded and steered by Germany’s Foreign Ministry and the German Armed Forces.
The ramifications of these findings are disturbing, as they indicate that NATO member involvement in Ukraine is much deeper than previously thought.
On March 31, 2022, during the plenary session of the Disarmament Conference in Gene-va, UN Rep. Gatilov (image, left) demanded that all of these potentially dangerous bio-logical research programs be investigated immediately.
After extensive research including numerous well-documented sources, it now appears that everyone’s suspicion may be true after all – that Ukraine had become a NATO out-sourcing destination for biological weapons research and development.
By now, it has now been confirmed and demonstrated that US Department of Defense and its subsidiary, the DTRA, are funding offshore defense biological and scientific re-search projects under the guise of ‘life sciences‘ research, development and training activities inside Ukraine.
The evidence strongly suggests that these activities and programs related to countering and deterring biological weapons of mass destruction as well as “emerging biological threats” – are actually being used as vehicles for so-called “dual-use” life science and classified projects.
In this case, the term ‘dual use’ refers to the work and material pertaining to supposed biosafety research is completely interchangable with the development of internationally prohibited bioweapons. Because of the inherent ambiguity of the area of research, such programs and their facilities have proven to be impervious to any meaningful oversight or international inspection regime.
Furthermore, it is easy to understand the legal and regulatory burden associated with so called ‘Gain of Function’ (GOF) research in NATO countries, and therefore there is a temptation for unscrupulous individuals and organizations to export such risky projects to less strict regulatory environments, specifically destinations which rank high on the global corruption index, like Ukraine.
It is important to first take a closer look at the German-Ukraine relationship in order to better understand how deeply German interests are invested in Ukraine.
Germany is Ukraine’s largest civilian bilateral donor
According to the latest Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and Development Assistance Committee (DAC) figures, Germany is Ukraine’s largest bilateral donor with payments amounting to around $220 million USD (OECD official devel-opment assistance 2018-2019) – which is actually ahead of the United States who gave just under $200 million USD. In addition to this, Germany makes contributions through the EU (according to the OECD DAC, more than €400 million euros in 2018-2019 – the largest amount contributed by any single donor. Since 2014, Germany has provided a total of approximately €1.83 billion euro in bilateral support (Source).
Bilateral Development Cooperation
In the sphere of bilateral development cooperation, Germany has been supporting Ukraine’s political and economic ‘transformation’ with pledges totaling €771 million euros since 2014. An additional €96.5 million euros in new commitments were agreed at intergovernmental negotiations on 30 November 2021.
Cooperation is focused on promoting democracy, a sustainable economy (including through vocational education and training), and civil society (including numerous NGOs and ‘stakeholder’ organizations), energy efficiency, and the supposed ‘stabilization’ of eastern Ukraine.
Cooperation between the governments of Germany and Ukraine is further shored up by more than 70 town and municipalities’ ‘twinning’ arrangements.
Moreover, a loan guarantee scheme has also been made available to Ukraine – launched by the German government in 2014, and totaling €500 million euro (Source).
Germany has been supporting Ukraine’s military medical service since 2019 with capacity-building measures (donations of medical supplies and equipment), as well as by providing medical care to wounded soldiers in German military hospitals.
Since 2014, a total of 149 members of Ukraine’s security forces have been taken to Ger-many for medical treatment (in both Bundeswehr and civilian hospitals).
Overall, Germany’s military medical donations (including medical supplies) since 2014 amount to more than €13 million euros. In the context of a German-Estonian joint pro-ject, Germany is fully funding a deployable field hospital (procurement cost of €5.3 million euros, plus a training component). The estimated delivery date was the end of February or beginning of March 2022 (Source).
In 2016 ,Germany declared five bio defense facilities. The CBM (Confidence Building Measures) submission provides their names, locations, the floor areas of the facilities’ laboratories, the organizational structure of the facilities, descriptions of the biological defense work carried out at the facilities, details about their publication policies, and lists of publicly available papers and reports resulting from work carried out in these facilities.
The main centre of Germany’s medical biodefense activities, the Armed Forces (Bundes-wehr) Institute of Microbiology, is the first facility listed. Located on Munich’s Neuherbergstrasse, the facility was reported in 2016 to have some 20 scientists and 39 tech-nicians working in a total lab-floor area of 1325 m2, broken down into 1258 m² of biosafety level 2 (BSL2) laboratories, and 67 m² of a BSL3 laboratory space. The scien-tific disciplines represented are medicine, veterinary medicine, microbiology, virology, bacteriology, immunology, molecular biology, epidemiology, and laboratory medicine (see more info here).
Suffice to say that Germany has substantial invested interests in Ukraine, and of course such generosity towards Ukraine must be compensated one way or another. I mean noth-ing is for free in this world right!?
Now let’s get into it… Germany Biosecurity / BioDefense Research in Ukraine