Disinfo: Death squads used by Ukraine to burn protesters in Odessa in May, 2014


Death squads have been used by the repressive Ukrainian state to burn protesters in Odessa in May 2014.


Recurrent pro-Kremlin narrative about the Odessa tragedy.

There is no evidence that the Ukrainian government was involved in the Odessa tragedy. No trial has yet established the responsibilities of the different actors before a court. A total of 5 cases on trials and 3 investigations are currently ongoing. Media reported about the tragedy in May 2014 : the BBC, the Guardian, the DW. A chronology of the events has been established (1 and 2) and a non partisan documentary film by Ukrainian Channel 7 has collected testimonies: May 2nd without Myth.

Regarding the investigation, United Nations Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine noted in its report in 2019: "Five years on, there has still not been any accountability for the killings of six and violent deaths of 42 individuals. Some of the criminal proceedings launched after the tragic events have stalled at the pre-trial investigation stage, while others did at the trial stage. This suggests a lack of genuine interest from the authorities to ensure justice for victims and accountability for perpetrators."

Read here a similar case claiming that the CIA and Victoria Nuland helped the Ukrainian secret service to orchestrate deaths of pro-Russian protestors in Odessa in May 2014 and that Ukrainian government and Maidan leaders are guilty of the May 2, 2014 Odesa tragedy


  • Reported in: Issue 241
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 11/04/2021
  • Article language(s) Italian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Odessa tragedy, Odessa, Euromaidan, War in Ukraine
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Disinfo: US bio labs in Ukraine and Georgia conduct dangerous and non-transparent research

American biological laboratories in Ukraine and Georgia conduct dangerous and non-transparent research.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative advancing conspiracy theories about clandestine US laboratories in the post-Soviet countries. See also here.

The United States embassy in Ukraine issued a statement, in which it dispelled “disinformation spreading in some circles in Ukraine that mirrors Russian disinformation regarding the strong U.S.-Ukrainian partnership to reduce biological threats’’. It said the US really cooperates with Ukraine “to consolidate and secure pathogens and toxins of security concern in Ukrainian government facilities, while allowing for peaceful research and vaccine development”. In the case of Georgia, reports about secret US biological laboratories were also debunked.

Disinfo: Ukraine does not respect the Minsk agreements

Ukraine does not respect the Minsk agreements.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative claiming that Kyiv does not adhere to the 2014 Minsk Agreements.

In reality, Moscow-backed separatists have been mounting tensions in Donbas over recent weeks, since March-April 2021, under the pretext that Ukrainian troops are planning an offensive. Four Ukrainian soldiers were killed on 26 March 2021, which is the largest daily death toll for government troops since the fragile truce that took effect last July. Nonetheless, Moscow and its proxies in Donbas keep on accusing Kyiv of continually breaking the truce and preparing for a full-scale attack.

Disinfo: Lithuanian authorities buy guns instead of vaccines

Lithuanian Defence ministry buys guns amid the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the economy.

The programmes of vaccination in Lithuania, as well as in the EU in general, are slow and ineffective. In this context, the decision to buy guns and old armed vehicles looks like a very irresponsible decision of Lithuanian authorities.


A recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative attacking Lithuania in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Purchases of vaccines and military spending are not connected. Lithuania is not buying COVID-19 vaccines individually. The purchase of COVID-19 vaccines in the EU is centralised and is being implemented by the European Commission (EC). The EC has secured up to 2.6 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines so far and negotiations are underway for additional doses. Lithuania should get more than 7 million doses of vaccines (the population of Lithuania is 2.7 million people).