Russia worried about ‘Ukrainian Bayraktar’ with chemical spray
MOSCOW ($1=60.28 Russian Rubles) — Lieutenant General Igor Kirilov, head of the Russian Forces for radiation, chemical, and biological protection spoke to RIA Novosti. He expressed concern that “Ukrainian Bayraktar” with a chemical sprayer is a threat to Russia. He made this statement because Russia has such information.
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However, General Kirilov’s statement is based on very old information. He cited that Russian intelligence has this information. According to General Kirilov, in December Ukraine made an inquiry for a chemical dispersal system to be integrated into Bayraktar drones.
This information is not secret. BulgarianMilitary.com published the same documents that cited the Russian general at the end of March this year. Even then we reported that the Ukrainian company for the production of aircraft engines Motor-Sich has asked the manufacturer of the Turkish drones Bayraktar Akinci whether their drone [Bayraktar Akinci] is ‘equipped with a system/mechanism for spraying aerosol with a capacity of more than 20 liters?’
However, RIA Novosti is misleading both Russian and international readers. Without mentioning the model, RIA Novosti spoke of a “Ukrainian Bayraktar drone”. But the leaked documents refer to the Akinci drone, not the Bayraktar TB2. Ukraine only has Turkish Bayraktar TB2 drones, while Turkey has supplied Akinci to the Turkish military, Azerbaijan and Pakistan. Ukraine is not an operator of the Turkish Akinci drones and there is no evidence that these drones are being used in the war against Russia.
Although RIA Novosti does not mention Bayraktar TB2 at the beginning of its report, it does so at the end of the report. In this way, he makes a wrong suggestion and clearly deliberately tries to mislead the Russian and international readers of the online portal.
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