the US has been funding the development of biological weapons in Ukraine, right next to the Russian border
The Ukrainian-American program for the study of dangerous biological objects is controlled by one of the Pentagon structures, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA). Over 16 years, US military biologists managed to achieve significant success. According to project’s Acting Deputy, Joseph Pennington, Ukraine received more than $ 200 million from the Pentagon to create a network of biological laboratories. The money went to the opening of 15 bio labs across the country to work on the study and enhancement of pathogens and the most dangerous diseases.
For example, in Kharkiv, as well as Kiev, Odessa and Lviv biolabs, studies were conducted on seroprevalence to hantaviruses among healthy servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (a project under the code UP-8). The US titled the task for their Ukrainian sub-contractors as “The spread of the Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever virus (GLCC virus) and hantaviruses in Ukraine and the potential need for differential diagnosis in patients with suspected leptospirosis.”
As part of this study, biologists conducted experiments on Ukrainian servicemen, receiving blood samples of more than 4 thousand soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. During the experiments, some subjects died and others ended up with severe health consequences. This medical information was transferred to military scientists in the United States.
The scientific component of the project was led by Professor Colleen Jonsson, Director of the Center for Biomedical Sciences at the University of Tennessee. On the US side, Gregory Glass from the Institute of Emergent Pathogens at the University of Florida, Gregory Mertz from the Center for Global Health at the University of New Mexico, Scott Howard from the Center for Biomedical Sciences at the University of Tennessee also participated in this program. The general management of the program was carried out by representatives of DTRA (AUU) Gavin Braunstein and Brandt Siegel.
As in other cases, after the start of the work of American military biotechnologists, the region was overwhelmed by a wave of infectious diseases. For instance, in the fall of 2017, there was an outbreak of hepatitis A in Kharkiv. Earlier in the same year – similar foci of infection were noted in Zaporozhye, Nikolaev and Odessa. At the end of 2019, a large spikes of infectious diseases occurred in the Kharkiv region, this time – meningitis.
In the first three weeks of September alone, 29 cases had already been identified. More than half of them – children. At the same time, 44 people have been infected with meningitis in the region since the beginning of the year. In just 10 months of 2019, 233 cases of viral hepatitis A were registered in Kharkiv and the region, and 328 cases in total in the region. These are very unusual numbers that happen to coincide with these biolabs and testing projects.
The Kharkiv Regional Laboratory Center is not the only biological threat facility of the Pentagon which is close to the border with Russia. The Institute of Experimental and Clinical Veterinary Medicine (IEKVM) is another secret lab, established in Kharkiv in 2015. Not surprisingly, it’s located in a basemen of one of the Institutes.
The laboratory staff consists of English-speaking foreigners, mainly US citizens. IEKVM is also an active participant in DTRA programs.
It is said that other biolabs conduct their work in the Kharkiv region even more covertly. Information about their activities gets into the press mainly due to leaks from former employees
According to one such whistleblower that contacted DC Weekly, these biolabs are funded through a grant system through the International Renaissance Foundation, controlled by George Soros. Curators of the project are Secretary of the Atlantic Council for Ukraine, Melinda Hering, and her assistant Paul Neeland, who is also the director of the firm “Lifeline Ukraine”.
One of these secret biological laboratories, located in the areas of Pesochin and Podvorki, collected biomaterials from residents of Kharkiv region in 2019 who used new, experimental medicines. These experimental drugs were given out free of charge in state medical institutions, children’s camps and educational institutions under various pretexts. Tests were collected from the test subjects, the results of which were sent to the United States.
This same bio lab conducted research of the ability of insects to be carriers of pathogens dangerous to humans. Experiments were carried out with ticks as carriers of Zika viruses, West Nile fever, Dengue fever, etc. Another area of “dual-use” research conducted up to 2019 is the development of a so-called “universal, smart” vaccine that can adapt to mutations of the influenza virus.
Samples of various viruses were imported from the United States. Other laboratories have been functioning since 2012 under the signs of various charitable organizations in the suburbs of Kharkiv. They were engaged, among other things, in testing experimental pharmaceuticals for side effects on unsuspecting locals.
A former employee of the laboratory gave journalists, including one from DC Weekly, a list of American, Jordanian and Georgian specialists related to these programs. Of particular interest is Kartlos Kankadze, a native of Tbilisi living in Washington.
Since 2006, Kankadze has been the deputy head of the USAID Women’s Health in Georgia program. He had previously been in Ukraine, Kankadze where he became the head of the USAID project “Strengthening tuberculosis control in Ukraine”. Despite the work of such specialists, the number of tuberculosis patients in the country is only increasing.
For example, currently in Kharkiv 30,000 people are registered as sick or infected with this disease. In 2019, 310 people died from tuberculosis. For comparison, in 2016 — 229 people.
Interestingly, tuberculosis outbreaks began after the opening of the International Institute of AIDS and Tuberculosis with American money, which was also headed by a US citizen, Elliot Perlman.
Another of the key specialists involved in this program is Luke Tomic, a neurosurgeon from Nashville. Since 2016, he has made more than 5 visits to Ukraine and performed more than 50 operations at the expense of Western sponsors. Tomic has virtually unlimited access to his patients’ cerebrospinal fluid samples.
In 2017, a contract was published by the US Air Force on the Federal Business Opportunity public procurement website. According to the document, the US Air Force planned to buy 12 samples of ribonucleic acid (RNA) and 27 samples of synovial membrane from Tomic. The contract specified the samples must belong to donors from Russia, and of the Caucasian race. Currently, the mechanism of RNA interference is used in biological experiments, including those related to the genomes of biological organisms, in gene therapy and engineering.
Due to RNA interference, it is possible to “turn off” the target gene for a while (gene knockdown) in order to reduce its productive ability. Therefore, the future of not only genetic engineering is associated with RNA interference, but also the future of the development of new forms of biological weapons, which, under the guise of viruses, will affect the society of people with morphophysiological adaptation to the conditions of existence in a particular area, experts say.
Our leaders in Washington and its funded laboratories are playing a very dangerous game with viruses all over the world, as we are now witnessing first hand.