KEY POINTS

  • The lawmakers said blood samples of Ukrainian POWs showed they were used as test subjects
  • Russia previously accused the U.S. of working with Ukraine to develop biological warfare capabilities
  • Russian propaganda about the U.S.-funded biolabs in Ukraine has been spreading since 2018: Report

Two Russian lawmakers on Monday claimed that their soldiers are being killed by Ukrainian superhuman “murder machine” troops created in the country’s biolabs, according to a report.

Konstantin Kosachev, the deputy speaker of Russia’s Federation Council, and Irina Yarovaya, deputy chair of the State Duma, said they found evidence that Ukrainian soldiers were secretly being experimented on by the country’s military, Russian newspaper Kommersant reported. The lawmakers said blood samples taken from Ukrainian prisoners of war showed a “range of diseases,” suggesting they were given performance-enhancing drugs to turn them into “cruel murder machines.”

“And we see: the cruelty and barbarity with which the military personnel of Ukraine behave, the crimes that they commit against the civilian population, those monstrous crimes that they commit against prisoners of war, confirm that this system for the control and creation of a cruel murder machine was implemented under the management of the United States,” Yarovaya was quoted as saying by the daily.

“And those performance-enhancing drugs that they are still given in order to completely neutralize the last traces of human consciousness and turn them into the most cruel and deadly monsters also confirm this.”

Yarovaya also claimed the presence of Hepatitis A antibodies in the blood of Ukrainian POWs. He said it proved that Americans had set up biolabs in Ukrainian territory and had been using military personnel as test subjects, the report said.

Kirill Volkov, a Russian geneticist, dismissed Kosachev and Yarovaya’s claims, noting that the disease is typical in Ukraine. He also added that Russia’s southern regions are currently seeing a trend of subtropical diseases and said it may be more pronounced in Ukraine, according to Kommersant.

The claims come after Igor Konashenkov, a spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry, in March accused the United States of collaborating with Ukraine to develop biological weapons, including pathogens for deadly diseases such as the plague and cholera.

In February, fact-checking website Snopes said Russian propaganda that trended on Twitter claimed Moscow’s troops were deployed to Ukraine to destroy the secret U.S. biolabs. As noted by Snopes, claims of the U.S.-funded biolabs developing deadly diseases and biological warfare capabilities in Ukraine have been spread by Russian propagandists since 2018.

A Russian soldier
Representation. A Russian soldier stands guard at the Luhansk power plant in the town of Shchastya. ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP via Getty Images
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