Disinfo: Coronavirus – artificially created biological weapon

Summary

If we take each chain separately from what is happening now, then the main thing will become clear – everything is man-made, starting with the coronavirus. And if you invite bioengineers, they will be able to tell how this strain is synthesized. Moreover, it is well known that only one country can do this. And it is the country that has an extensive network of secret biological laboratories around the world, including in Ukraine.

Americans are testing viruses with might and main on our, in fact, compatriots. So they have a full arsenal of biological weapons. What is happening today, we discussed with you a year ago, and two, and three, and four, we all foresaw this. And this manifestation of the US hybrid warfare against the economic sectors they do not control is perfectly understandable and logical.

Disproof

Recurring disinformation narrative about coronavirus as a biological weapon against China, also in line with narrative claiming that Americans have secret biological laboratories in many countries. A similar case, claiming that COVID-19 is a part of the hybrid war against China, read here.

No evidence is given. According to the World Health Organization, coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV)A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans. Researches done so far show that it is a virus named ”zoonotic”, meaning it is transmitted between animals and people. Read more about Coronavirus find here.

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  • Reported in: Issue 188
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 13/03/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: China, Russia, Ukraine, US
  • Keywords: coronavirus, Biological weapons, Hybrid war
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No evidence Russian media is accusing the US of inventing coronavirus

Some are accusing Russia of promoting fake news. One of the hypotheses circulating intensively these days is that the United States is behind the spread of the coronavirus, as a result of the presence of American laboratories that manufacture this biological weapon, and that the US wants to hit China economically. Russia is accused of propagating this information, and the US State Department issued a statement accusing Russia in this regard .

There is no evidence that this information was invented by Russia. Any information without any evidence or proof is fake news. After analysing the Russian media outlets, blogs and news agency, we did not find any talk accusing the US [of having invented the virus].

Disproof

Russian media outlets (both official and unofficial) have been actively propagating the theory that coronavirus was man-made in US labs to destroy the Chinese economy and harm Russia's allies as documented in our database.

The pro-Kremlin media have presented the coronavirus as a tool of Western imperialism on many occasions as can be seen from the following examples presenting it as an American biological weapon against China and other countries, an instrument of the West’s information war and even a tool of hybrid warfare waged by shadowy “world centres”.

Dutch intelligence found no trace of the Buk antiaircraft missile

Dutch military intelligence has found no trace of the Buk antiaircraft missile capable of shooting down MH17 near the crash zone.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative aiming to discredit the International Joint Investigation (JIT) into the downing of flight MH17. These narratives have resurfaced due to start of the trial in the Netherlands on 9th March 2020. On the basis of the investigation conducted by the JIT, the Dutch Public Prosecution service will prosecute Igor Vsevolodovich Girkin, Sergey Nikolayevich Dubinskiy, Oleg Yuldashevich Pulatov, and Leonid Volodymyrovych Kharchenko for causing the crash of MH17 and murdering the 298 persons on board.

In September 2016, the JIT disclosed that MH17 was downed with a BUK missile of the 9M38 series. In Eastern Ukraine, two parts of such a missile were found. These parts are the so-called ‘venturi’ and the ‘casing’. This regards, on the one hand, the exhaust of the missile (venturi) and, on the other hand, the casing of the missile engine (casing). The missile engine’s casing shows the number 9 д 1318869032. The JIT-investigation found that 9д 131 relates to the number of the missile engine of the 9M38 type and/or 9M38M1 type. The number 8 is the manufacturer’s code, namely: the Dolgoprudny Research and Manufacturing Enterprise in Moscow. The number 86 indicates the year of production, namely 1986. And the number 9032 is the unique identification number of this specific missile engine.

Closer cooperation with Europe turned into a catastrophe for Ukraine

As for Europe, it has already closed its borders; it does not need Ukraine. We all saw the consequences of the Maidan and what Ukraine turned into after the signing of these European integration documents: enterprises were closed and state property has been privatised in large numbers.

Disproof

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative targeting EU-Ukraine cooperation. It is also consistent with previous narratives alleging that the Euromaidan is one of many colour revolutions prepared by the West and the EU.

The EU is the largest donor to Ukraine. Since 2014, the EU has provided Ukraine with billions of Euros of assistance. On average, the EU has given Ukraine €650 million. From 2014 to 2017, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development provided an additional €3.5 billion. In general, the EU has funded projects in the humanitarian field, provided assistance to stabilise the macro-financial situation, given grants and loans for capacity building, energy reforms and fighting against corruption.