December 4, 2022

NATO springboard turns death trap

The Azovstal tunnel complex appears to have been similarly developed to provide a springboard for offensive into the Donbas region, as well as defeating a Russian sea assault on Mariupol, with the added punch of bio weapons

By Lt Gen Prakash Katoch

The incessant Western propaganda that women and children are stuck in underground bunkers below the Azovstal Plant in Mariupol captured by Russia is turning out to be something quite sinister – a secret NATO facility (PIT-404) and a secret NATO bio-laboratory with some 240 foreign nationals, NATO personnel (from the US, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Turkey, Sweden, Poland, and Greece), the French Foreign Legion and soldiers manning the bio-lab, trapped underground, if certain news reports are to be believed.

The graphic above depicts what is supposedly a maze of 24 km of tunnels fitted with armoured steel plating running under the Azovstal Plant industrial complex in Mariupol buried up to 30 metres.  The bio-lab under the Azovstal Plant in Mariupol was reportedly built and operated by Metabiota, a company with which Hunter Biden (biological son of US President Joe Biden) is affiliated. It has already been reported earlier that the US Department of Defense (DoD) signed an agreement with Ukraine’s Ministry of Health (not Ukraine’s Ministry of Defence) to research, develop and store pathogens in multiple US-funded bio-labs in Ukraine.

On March 31, BBC reported that General Eric Vidaud, head of French Military Intelligence, was sacked, seven months after he took up the post, after failing to predict Russia’s war in Ukraine. The BBC quoted an unnamed military source telling the AFP news agency that Vidaud’s job was to provide “military intelligence on operations, not on premeditation”. When contacted by the BBC, a military spokesman said French Armed Forces Chief General Thierry Burkhard had no comment to make.

Whether Vidaud was sent home because of French personnel under NATO and members of the French Foreign Legion trapped below the Azovstal Plant or for other reasons will remain a question mark. But considering various reports from multiple sources, this much is certain that aside from mercenaries pumped into Ukraine by the US-led Western front, regulars and personnel of special forces from these countries are operating inside Ukraine, which has no legality unless Ukraine has signed an agreement with these counties to this effect. But still it does expose the lies by the US and Britain that no troops will be committed on ground in Ukraine.

Considering various reports from multiple sources, this much is certain that aside from mercenaries pumped into Ukraine by the US-led Western front, regulars and personnel of special forces from these countries are operating inside Ukraine, which has no legality unless Ukraine has signed an agreement with these counties to this effect. But still it does expose the lies by the US and Britain that no troops will be committed on ground in Ukraine.

When the Azovstal underground tunnel complex was built is not clear but considering that the Pentagon signed an agreement with Ukraine in 2005 for biological research and storing pathogens in US-funded labs in Ukraine, the Azovstal underground tunnel complex must have been built much before the Russian occupation of Crimea in 2014. The design suggests that the direction and assistance (and funding) came from the US.

The design was perhaps based on the Cu Chi Tunnels which turned out to be the nemesis of the US army in Vietnam although the Cu Chi tunnels are far more extensive, spread underground over some 400 km. The Cu Chi tunnels were the Viet Cong’s base of operations for the Tet Offensive in 1968. The Azovstal tunnel complex appears to have been similarly developed to provide a springboard for offensive into the Donbas region, as well as defeating a Russian sea assault on Mariupol, with the added punch of bio weapons.  

The US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin visited Kiev on April 24 and met Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy bearing gifts of US$322 million in new military financing and US$165 million in new ammunition – totaling up to US$3.7 billion US military assistance to Ukraine since the conflict began. Biden is expected to request for more Ukraine funding from the Congress.

But it is interesting to listen to London-based Barrister Alexander Mercouris, writer on international affairs with special interest in Russia, bringing out that Ukraine is firing away more javelin missiles everyday than the US can supply. More significant is the revelation that even before hostilities broke out in Ukraine, CEOs of major American weapons firms were talking about how tensions in Europe could pad their profits (https://youtu.be/QrsQwsek81I). This is the main reason why the US wants the conflict to prolong.

Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, presently in India, has no compunctions about the Biden-Zelenskyy duo promoting the neo-Nazis. Being a German, she would love this – same as German Chancellor Olof Scholz. Leyen certainly does not require any ideological psyching like the female prime ministers of Finland and Sweden to understand that Europe is a convenient scapegoat for the US weapon industry.

But the rest of Europe should beware rise of the Nazi cult. It would be good for Europeans to read and seriously reflect upon the article ‘All European Life Died in Auschwitz’ by Spanish writer  Sebastian Vilar Rodrigez (https://www.science.co.il/Arab-Israeli-conflict/articles/Rodriguez-2005-09-23.php), even if they choose to ignore the call by the ISIS to attack European countries – Ukraine conflict being the best available opportunity with “the crusaders fighting each other”.

What happens to those trapped in the Azovstal tunnels remains a question mark but the Russian Ministry of Defence held an urgent briefing on April 23, detailing a provocation against Russia the US and NATO are planning to accuse of using NBC weapons, the three possible scenarios being: first, staged incident under false flag – most probable; second, maximally covert use of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs) in small volumes, and; third, overt use of WMDs in combat area – least probable. The Russian briefing went on to say that this plan has already been developed by the US and NATO which represents a response to the success of Russia in conducting the special military operation.

What happens to those trapped in the Azovstal tunnels remains a question mark but the Russian Ministry of Defence held an urgent briefing on April 23, detailing a provocation against Russia the US and NATO are planning to accuse of using NBC weapons, the three possible scenarios being: first, staged incident under false flag – most probable; second, maximally covert use of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs) in small volumes, and; third, overt use of WMDs in combat area – least probable. The Russian briefing went on to say that this plan has already been developed by the US and NATO which represents a response to the success of Russia in conducting the special military operation.

The Russian briefing further said the US-NATO accusing Russia of staged use of WMD is aimed at accusing Russia of using prohibited weapons with the subsequent implementation of the so-called ‘Syrian scenario’, in which the state is subjected to economic and political isolation, as well as exclusion from international organisations, including the UN Security Council (UNSC). It also emphasised that the US is the only state in world history that has used all three types of WMDs.

The acknowledgment by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson during his recent visit to India that Putin may win the war in Ukraine but would make no difference at the Capitol Hill where the primary aim is to make as much money as possible out of wars. One thing appears very certain – that the Biden administration has set its aim to make the Ukraine conflict as dirty as possible, putting all the blame on Russia through unprecedented propaganda.

The author is a veteran of the Indian Army. Views expressed are personal and do not necessarily reflect the views of https://strategicaffairsindia.in

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