Disinfo: Coronavirus was created by Americans in Ukrainian laboratories

Summary

Coronavirus can be explained by the fact that in Ukraine there are 15 biological laboratories funded by America. Covid-19 could have been developed in one of the biological laboratories in Ukraine!

Disproof

Another conspiracy theory about the emergence of coronavirus in the world.

Currently, the source of the new strain of coronavirus is still unknown, however, all available evidence suggests that this type of virus has a natural animal origin and is not a constructed virus. It has not been developed in any of the world's laboratories.

The Biological Threat Reduction Program of the US Department of Defense collaborates with partner countries to counter the threat of outbreaks (deliberate, accidental, or natural) of the world’s most dangerous infectious diseases. The Biological Threat Reduction Program’s priorities in Ukraine are to consolidate and secure pathogens and toxins of security concern and to continue to ensure Ukraine can detect and report outbreaks caused by dangerous pathogens before they pose security or stability threats. BTRP has upgraded many laboratories for the Ministry of Health and the State Food Safety and Consumer Protection Service of Ukraine, reaching Biosafety Level 2. In 2019 BTRP began constructing two laboratories for the latter, one in Kyiv and one in Odesa.

The Ukrainian Science and Technology Centre is an intergovernmental organisation established in 1993. Now, in addition to Ukraine and the USA, it includes Azerbaijan, the European Union, Georgia, Moldova and Uzbekistan. The combined efforts of countries help ensure that dangerous pathogens do not fall into the wrong hands.

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  • Reported in: Issue 196
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 26/04/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine, US
  • Keywords: coronavirus, Conspiracy theory, laboratory, Biological weapons
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Dangerous experiments were carried out on people in Lugar Lab in Georgia

As you know, in Georgia, in the laboratory of Senator Richard Lugar in the suburbs of Tbilisi, the US Army Department of Medical Research is deployed. The documents submitted by the ex-Minister of State Security of Georgia Igor Giorgadze confirmed that dangerous experiments were carried out on living people in the laboratory.

Disproof

A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative that Americans experimented on people in Georgia, with no evidence given.

The U.S Embassy in Georgia officially addressed the conspiracy theories behind the Richard Lugar Centre as "nonsense and typical of Russian misinformation and propaganda campaigns." The Richard Lugar Centre for Public Health Research is a facility of the National Centre for Disease Control and Public Health (NCDC), which became operational in August 2013. The Lugar centre is a top-tiered institution in NCDC’s laboratory network and serves as a reference laboratory for Georgia’s public health system. Under no circumstances has this laboratory been designed or redesigned to build biological weapons.

Serbia left out of EU aid package

The European Union is sending aid to the [Western Balkan] region, but not to Serbia.

Disproof

While it is factually correct that Serbia will not benefit from the Macro financial assistance package to ten neighbouring countries to the EU due to its own decisions, the title gives the impression that the EU deliberately left Serbia out of the aid package. The package, worth € 3 billion, was adopted by the Commission on 22 April. More details can be found here. It also omits that Serbia already benefited from EU assistance (worth €15) with immediate support to the Western Balkans to cope with the pandemic, which was announced on 30 March.

The fact is that one of the criteria for inclusion of countries in the  aid package of 22 April was whether a country had asked the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for emergency liquidity assistance, for example in the form of a Rapid Financing Instrument (RFI). The Commission had made Serbia aware of the possibility to receive macro financial assistance under the condition of an IMF-RFI being in place. The Serbian authorities did not see a need for external financial assistance, and consequently for the EU’s micro financial assistance. While the body of the Sputnik Serbia article contains the accurate reasoning, the title is clearly misleading - and importantly, as research shows, many readers do not read beyond headlines.

Euromaidan was organised by the Americans

What happened, you yourself know – a coup d’etat, Maidan, which in fact was organised by the Americans.

Disproof

A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about Ukraine's statehood which claims that the Euromaidan protests were organised by foreign forces.

The spontaneous onset of the massive Euromaidan protests was a reaction of the Ukrainian population to the sudden departure of President Yanukovych from the Association Agreement with the European Union and to the brutal dispersal of student protestors on 30 November 2013.