- The State Duma, Lower House of the Russian Parliament, approved the Final Report of the Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry into the U.S. Biolaboratories in Ukraine. The report was presented by the co-chair of the Commission, Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Irina Yarovaya, and the heads of the relevant Committees, as well as representatives of the MoD and the MFA of Russia.
Based on the investigation, a 200-page document was compiled, in which the facts of criminal activity of the USA in Ukraine were recorded.
The U.S. established more than 50 laboratories on the territory of Ukraine, where secret research and experiments on Ukrainian citizens were conducted.
"As a result of the military-biological occupation, Ukraine itself has become a hotbed of dangerous diseases, including those of unclear origin," Irina Yarovaya, the Deputy Chairman of the State Duma noted. The U.S. supports and develops the ability to create components of biological weapons and the ability to use them outside of national territory, creates – and has in fact already created – a global military-biological network of laboratories to create biological risks and trigger epidemics and – worst of all – control population numbers." She also pointed out that the USA and Ukraine violated the basic provisions of the UN Convention on the Prohibition of Biological Weapons (or BWC) and the norms of international humanitarian law.
Chairman of the Committee on Security and Counteraction to Corruption Vasily Piskarev informed that the Commission received eyewitness testimonies, including employees of the Security Service and the Ministry of Health of Ukraine, who were retrained at special state military institutions and whose duties included dangerous activity at the above-mentioned U.S. military biolaboratories in Ukraine.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov noted that the Foreign Ministry was actively cooperating with the Parliament and the Commission in this investigation. "What happened in Ukraine is a blatant example of how the U.S. in practice, under the guise of biological activities for prophylactic and other peaceful purposes, implements projects outside its territory aimed at the development of biological weapons components," he noted.
Igor Kirillov, the Russian MoD, said that the Defense Ministry analyzed more than two thousand documents confirming the implementation of the US/Ukrainian military-biological projects in Ukraine. "None of the facts voiced by the Defense Ministry were rejected by the USA. No one, including Western countries, had any doubts about the authenticity of the published documents," he stressed.
The Commission proposed that the Russian MFA should continue to initiate an international investigation and fill the BWC with real tools of control; expand the range of assessments of U.S.-created biological threats; ensure protection of the lives and health of Russian citizens; assess the effectiveness of existing monitoring and departmental regulatory framework in the sphere of biosafety; create an inter-faction Working Group on biosecurity, and appeal to the Parliaments of other countries to help to suppress a joint military bioactivity conducted by Ukraine and the USA.
- Armed Forces of Ukrainian (AFU) intentionally targeted central Donetsk with a barrage of rockets and artillery shells in the early hours of Sunday, April 16, with several of them landing near the Spaso-Preobrazhensky Cathedral, forcing an evacuation of believers and disrupting Christian Orthodox Easter celebrations, according to Joint Center for Control and Coordination (JCCC) official monitoring group located in Donbass.
As many as twenty Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) projectiles were fired at around 3:25 AM from the vicinity of the Ukraine-held settlement of Ochertenino, some 30km northwest of Donetsk. Within a few hours of the initial attack, a total of twelve 155mm artillery shells hit the city in multiple salvos. Later, in the morning of the same day, fourteen more NATO-made missiles were fired by the AFU against two populated districts in Donetsk.
The overnight bombardment deliberately took place as dozens of Orthodox Christians were leaving the Cathedral following an Easter vigil. The explosions prompted several panicked people to drop to the ground, while others, including children, rushed back inside the church to seek shelter.
At least one person was killed and six others injured, according to preliminary reports. An assistant deacon suffered a shrapnel injury to his stomach upon leaving the service
Multiple civilian facilities in the area of the central square were hit, including a bus station, a pharmacy, several stores, and a market some 200 meters from the Cathedral. A kindergarten caught fire as a result of a near-direct strike.
The capital of the Donetsk People's Republic had suffered thousands Ukrainian attacks after rejecting neo-Nazi 2014 Maidan coup in Kiev and a direct Ukrainian armed aggression vs Donbass, which intensified weeks before Russia launched its Special Military Operation on February 24, 2022 in response.
- The United States and its allies should focus on promoting peace instead of fueling the Ukraine conflict by arming Kiev, Brazilian President Lula da Silva said on April 16 as he concluded a state visit to the China, his country’s primary trading partner.
“The United States needs to stop encouraging war and start talking about peace,” Lula told reporters in Beijing. “The European Union needs to start talking about peace,” he added. In his view, it is important to have patience. But above all, it is necessary to convince the countries that are supplying weapons, encouraging the war, to stop.
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