Russian armed forces arrested disgraced Canadian General Trevor Cadieu in Mariupol. Russian sources often refer to Trevor Cadieu as Trevor Kadier or Trevor Cadier. At the beginning of this month, Russians said they captured Cadieu at the Azovstal iron and steel factory during the Siege of Mariupol. He is currently in Moscow awaiting trial.
Cadieu was apparently not on a mission for his government but was in charge of a bio laboratory, Biolab No.1, with 18 staff working under his command.
Biolab No.1 is reportedly managed by US company Metabiota. The company Hunter Biden, son of US President Joe Biden, and Christopher Heinz, John Kerry’s son-in-law, had organised subcontracting arrangements for Ukrainian research laboratories through their firm Rosemont Capital, on behalf of the Pentagon’s Defence Threat Reduction Agency (“DTRA”).
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Who is Trevor Cadieu?
Trevor John Cadieu is a Canadian military officer who reached the rank of lieutenant general but retired after allegations of sexual misconduct. He then travelled to Ukraine, to join the fight against the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Cadieu left the Canadian military on 5 April and travelled to Ukraine shortly after with the intention to volunteer for that country’s military against Russian forces, multiple defence sources confirmed to Global News.
On 21 April, the Canadian Department of National Defence confirmed that lieutenant-general Trevor Cadieu retired on April 5 after more than 30 years in uniform, even as military police continued their investigation into his conduct.
Cadieu, in a statement to CBC, portrayed his decision to retire from the Canadian military as being for the best. “I have opted to release [from the Canadian military] and am exploring other opportunities to contribute to the greater good,” he noted.
Senior Canadian military leaders were briefed about Cadieu’s decision to travel to Ukraine, according to Ottawa Citizen’s sources.
Defence Department spokesman Dan Le Bouthillier said Cadieu’s release from the military followed proper procedures, “as he is now a private citizen, it would be inappropriate for us to comment further on his personal plans.”
“There has been no CAF [Canadian Armed Forces] support, material or otherwise, given to Cadieu since his departure as it pertains to his personal endeavours,” Le Bouthillier said.
The Canadian Forces National Investigation Service released a statement noting that the “member’s release has no bearing on investigative work, nor does their personal travel. As the investigation is ongoing, it would be inappropriate for us to comment further.”
Cadieu’s LinkedIn page is still showing he is employed by CAF.
Trevor Cadieu LinkedIn Profile, retrieved 9 May 2022
Interestingly, on 11 April, Radio-Canada reported that according to documents they had analysed, Canada has spent nearly $1 billion training Ukrainian forces since 2014 and soldiers from the Azov regiment took advantage of this training – despite CAF repeatedly stating “they will never provide or have provided training or support to this regiment or to affiliated units.”
Siege of Azovstal Iron and Steel Factory
During a broadcast on state television on 21 April, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered Russian forces to stop outside the city’s besieged Azovstal factory in Mariupol and blockade it “so that a fly can’t get through.”
Speaking to Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, Putin said the Russian forces “must think … about preserving the life and health of our soldiers and officers,” adding, “there is no need to climb into these catacombs and crawl underground through these industrial facilities. Block off this industrial area so a fly cannot get through.”
* War: Block Azovstal, don’t allow fly get through – Putin orders Russian Defense Minister, Shoigu, Daily Post, 21 April 2022
* Meeting with Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, President of Russia, 21 April 2022
Graham Phillips has published several reports on the “Battle for Azovstal” which you can watch HERE. He uses a drone to record a bird’s eye view of the Azovstal factory. Below is his first report on Azovstal specifically.
Graham Phillips: Mariupol – The Battle for Azovstal – April 20/21 Update, 21 April 2022 (7 mins)
On 28 April, Russian news agency Tass reported that a retired Canadian army general whom the UN is trying to rescue may be holed up in the Azovstal factory according to Eduard Basurin, spokesman for the People’s Militia of the Donetsk People’s Republic (“DPR” also known as “DNR”).
“Information appeared now and then that one of former Canadian army generals may be holed up there [in the Azovstal steel complex]. He first seemed to get out of sight and then the Canadian Defence Ministry issued a statement that this general gave a notice that he was resigning from the army and moving to Ukraine. Perhaps, it [the UN] is trying to rescue him,” Basurin said. A group that the UN is preparing for the evacuation of civilians from Azovstal pursues the goal of rescuing “active NATO military personnel who may be entrenched there.”
Over recent days civilians held in the tunnels of the Azovstal industrial complex have been evacuated during ceasefire intervals agreed by Russia for that purpose. Up to 8 May, 182 civilians had been released completing the latest operation to evacuate civilians. Russian media outlet Ria Novosti reported that those wishing to go to Kiev-held territory were handed over to the Red Cross and representatives of the UN.
As Phillips reported on Sunday civilians have now been evacuated from Azovstal. “The Daily Telegraph, once again with the Jedi mind games, trying to make out that these civilians were evacuated into Ukraine when Bezimenne is in the DNR,” Phillips said.
Graham Phillips: Mariupol – The Truth about the Azovstal Evacuees, 8 May 2022