A senior Russian diplomat has alleged that Kiev is plotting a false flag attack with weapons of mass destruction to frame Moscow.
Ukrainian authorities and foreign handlers are planning false-flag attacks involving weapons of mass destruction, Russia's deputy permanent representative to the UN, Dmitry Polyansky said on Monday. The instructors of the notorious Syrian-based White Helmets group have already been deployed to Ukraine, the official told reporters.
The diplomat has reiterated the allegations raised over the weekend by the head of the Russian Radiation, Chemical and Biological Protection Force, Lieutenant General Igor Kirillov, who said the supposed plans harbored by the Kiev regime include three scenarios, from a false-flag attack on civilians, to open deployment of such weaponry on the battlefield.
The Russian authorities sent instructors of the notorious White Helmets group to Ukraine to facilitate the allegedly false-flag attack, according to Polyansky, overseas handlers of the Kiev authorities.
There is a well-known model in which such provocations involving chemical weapons are used in other parts of the world. Firstly, a chemical incident is organized. Then pro-Western non-governmental organizations, particularly the infamous White Helmets, stationed nearby, quickly arrive on the scene and collect questionable evidence in violation of all the norms of the non-proliferation regime. Polyansky said that they all know this technology.
The White Helmets group, co-founded by late British mercenary and presumed ex-intelligence officer James Le Mesurier, rose to international notoriety amid the years-long conflict in Syria.
The group, advertising itself as Syrian Civil Defense, has operated exclusively in areas controlled by assorted jihadist groups opposing President Bashar Assad's government. The white Helmets have been involved in multiple purported chemical incidents blamed on government troops and were used by Western nations to carry out strikes against the Syrian military and its allies.
Polyansky stressed that Moscow does not plan to use any kind of WMDs in Ukraine. While Russia does not possess any chemical or biological weapons, using them would not make any military sense, the diplomat went on.
What is the purpose of using them in Ukraine in an immediate vicinity of our border? He said we will get nothing that can't be achieved through conventional means.
Russia attacked its neighbor after Ukraine s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements signed in 2014, and Moscow s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. The German and French Minsk Protocols were designed to give the breakaway regions special status within the Ukrainian state.
The Kremlin has since demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join the US-led NATO military bloc. Kiev insists that the Russian offensive was completely unprovoked and has denied that it was planning to take the two republics by force.