Bioweapons in Ukraine? What to make of Russian allegations

Russia accuses Ukraine of developing chemical and biological weapons and alleges that Kyiv is preparing to use such weapons. Experts of Germany’s leading peace research institutes explain in a joint explanatory piece what risks biological and chemical weapons pose in the Ukraine war and why it is so important to oppose unfounded allegations of noncompliance with international treaties prohibiting chemical weapons and biological weapons.

What are we to make of such allegations? Are they new? Which facilities in Ukraine work with dangerous pathogens and chemical agents? How does the international community react and which instruments exist to clarify such allegations?

Read the explanatory piece here

Izumi Nakamitsu, High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, briefs the Security Council meeting on threats to international peace and security. | (c) UN Photo/Manuel Elías