Russian soldiers hospitalized with severe biological poisoning — bioweapon Botulinum toxin Type B; Kiev continues using civilians as human shields

From Strategic Stability

Report 129. Kiev used CWA against Russian troops — REVISED

August 20, 2022

1. Third type of Ukrainian terrorism – – nowadays a “biological terrorism”

Russian soldiers in Ukraine hospitalized with severe biological poisoning by AFU. Traces of the Botulinum toxin Type B have been discovered in the troops, Russian Defense Ministry says on August 20, 2022.

Botulinum toxin as combat warfare agent or CWA, often called the “miracle poison,” is one of the most toxic biological substances known to science. Produced by the Clostridium botulinum bacteria, it blocks the release of the acetylcholine neurotransmitter, causing muscle paralysis.

Botulinum toxin poses a major threat as a bioweapon due its ease of production and distribution, and the high fatality rate resulting from poisoning. Recovery is only possible after a lengthy period of intensive care.

It is an “organic poison of artificial origin.” It has been discovered in samples taken from the servicemen, the Russian MoD said, accusing Kiev of conducting earlier “chemical terrorism, and in later case “biological terrorism.”

The Russian troops were “hospitalized with signs of severe poisoning” after being stationed near the village of Vasilyevka in Zaporozhye Region on July 31, the statement said. “The Zelensky regime has authorized terrorist attacks with the use of toxic substances against Russian personnel and civilians” following a string of military defeats in Donbass and other areas, the ministry noted.

So, besides “nuclear terrorism” launched by Kiev against Ukrainian NPPs, and “anti-personnel mines terrorism” used by Kiev against civilians in Donbass, and “chemical terrorism” in the form of attacking chemical plants there appeared one more type of terrorism pursued by Ukrainian leaders – a “biological terrorism” by using Botulinum toxin Type B.

Botulinum toxin is one of the most powerful poisons of organic origin, it is produced by Clostridium bacteria, which are anaerobic, that is, they live in the absence of oxygen, military expert Igor Nikulin, a former member of the UN Commission on Biological Weapons, told RBC or Rosbisnessconsulting mass media. “Producing such a poison is a difficult task even in modern laboratories, so it can only be produced in US military biological laboratories of the third and fourth levels of biosafety,” the expert believes.

No, doubt the USA, NATO, the EU, and the UNO will turn a blind eye to such inhuman acts prohibited by the international BW Convention.

2. Kiev still uses Ukrainian civilians as a human shield (examples recorded since August 15 till 20, 2022)

Russian MoD continues to record numerous facts of criminal actions by Kiev regime against civilians, as well as the use of civilian infrastructure for military purposes by Ukrainian armed formations. Here is the list of Ukrainian action in various areas recorded between August 15-20, 2022:

a) in Donetsk People’s Republic

in Artemovsk, militants of nationalist battalions are stationed in the dormitory of the Agrarian College (Pobedy Street), roadblocks and firing points are deployed in immediate vicinity, and approaches to the building are mined, but the local population is deliberately not warned about this;

in Artemovsk, militants of nationalist battalions have equipped a stronghold and ammunition depot in kindergarten No 58 (Gorbatov Street) and placed artillery and mortars in adjacent territory, without evacuating civilians from nearby houses and use them as a human shield;

in Artemovsk, AFU units are stationed on the territory of the tuberculosis hospital (Mariupolskaya Street), roadblocks and firing sites are deployed, and the approaches to the building are mined, but the local population is deliberately not warned about this;

in Artemovsk, militants of nationalist battalions have equipped a stronghold and ammunition depot in school No 7 (Kuznechnaya Street), and placed artillery and MLRS in the surrounding area, without evacuating civilians from nearby houses;

in Avdeyevka, AFU units are stationed in kindergarten No. 10 (Kommunalnaya Street), roadblocks are equipped along the perimeter, and the approaches to the institution are mined, but the local population is deliberately not warned about this;

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Siberia anthrax outbreak: 12yo boy killed, 8 infected, over 2000 reindeer dead

From RT

August 1

A 12-year-old boy evacuated from an anthrax epidemic zone in Russia has died in hospital while eight other people have been diagnosed with the disease. The infection has resurfaced in western Siberia 75 years after the previous outbreak.

The child died in hospital in the city of Salekhard, the capital of the Yamalo-Nenetsk Autonomous Area, where quarantine over the anthrax outbreak was declared last week. The boy was among several dozen indigenous people evacuated from the contaminated area.

“We are 90 percent sure that he died from anthrax. He had the intestinal form of the disease, which is harder to diagnose,” the office of Yamal Governor Dmitry Kobylkin told TASS.

The governor said he had no words to express his grief over the boy’s death.

“From day one we’ve been walking the extra mile and doing everything possible to save every life. But the infection has proven to be insidious,” he said. “It returned after 75 years and claimed a child’s life.”

This epidemic is a rare case, scientists say, but the cause goes a long way back.

“In Siberia, it is an uncommon event, and the issue is that a reindeer likely defrosted from the permafrost because of the heat wave that occurred, and that animal had the spores in it [which] got into the environment around it.  Other reindeer, who were nibbling on the grass, acquired the anthrax infection themselves,” professor of preventive medicine Doctor William Schaffner told RT.

More than two thousand of those deer have already died, all of them in the Yamalo-Nenetsky area. This territory is located above the Arctic Circle, and is generally known for a very long winter that lasts up to 8 months, and extremely low temperatures, reaching -70 degrees Celsius.

A total of 90 people, half of them children, were taken to hospital after being evacuated from the remote area where the infection spread. Most of them tested negative for the disease.

Yamal residents are collecting donations for the evacuees, who had to leave most of their possessions behind. Considering their nomadic lifestyle, many of them are now left with nothing except the clothes they are wearing.

The ongoing anthrax outbreak is the first reported in Yamal in over seven decades.

So, how does the illness get into the human body?

“Anthrax bacteria can survive for long periods of time in spores, and when that spore gets into the human body, it opens up, and the active bacteria that can cause illness occurs. It can, if you inhale it, cause pneumonia, it can get into your bloodstream, it can get into cuts in the skin, and cause local infections also. It’s a very serious infection, once it gets into the human body, and can have the capacity to kill the individual,” professor of preventive medicine Doctor William Schaffner told RT.

Humans can be exposed to anthrax by eating contaminated meat, breathing in spores or getting the bacteria on broken skin while handling animal products or carcasses.

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Biological warfare troops and civilian emergencies specialists were deployed to the epidemic area to dispose of dead animals and eradicate pests such as rats, which can spread anthrax. A mass vaccination of the population was conducted over the last week. Livestock vaccination is currently underway with a total of 41,000 animals expected to be given anthrax vaccine doses.

The large area of the potential infection zone is hampering efforts, with veterinarians having to cover big distances to reach every reindeer herd.