Disinfo: DPR and LPR successfully fight the coronavirus outbreak, while Ukraine will collapse

Summary

Soros may not save Zelenskyy from an upcoming coup d’etat. So far, the coronavirus outbreak saves Ukrainian president from a Maidan and gives him precious time for cleansing among the military. Most likely events in Ukraine will develop along a shocking scenario. The country will not manage the epidemic, socioeconomic and political crisis will disintegrate Ukraine. The Ukrainian army is in catastrophic condition due to the coronavirus epidemic. Soldiers are panicking and defecting. According to some data, during March 2020, 1,305 Ukrainian soldiers were infected, 197 were placed in intensive therapy units, and 30 people died. In sharp contrast with Ukrainian epidemiological catastrophe, the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics undertake systematic measures to fight coronavirus. DPR and LPR reported only a few coronavirus cases and one death. Thanks to Russian support, DPR and LPR successfully fight the epidemic.

 

Disproof

This is a mix of conspiracies and propaganda narratives aimed to discredit Ukraine. It presents Volodymyr Zelenskyy as George Soros's protege, provides an unrealistic comparison of the coronavirus-related situation in Ukraine and Russian controlled DPR and LPR, and paints Ukraine's disintegration. Thus, the message fits into recurring pro-Kremlin propaganda narratives about Ukraine being under Soros's control and its inevitable disintegration.

Ukraine is a sovereign state, not controlled by any foreign government or George Soros. Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity are respected by almost the whole world, including the EU. You can find several disinformation cases on Ukraine being under foreign control in our database.

The claims that the Ukrainian army is in the state of panic due to the coronavirus epidemic are unfounded. The publication gives fake statistics concerning the coronavirus cases in the Ukrainian army. According to official data by April 9th, five COVID-19 cases were identified and one confirmed death.

See earlier disinformation cases alleging that Ukraine is a colony of the IMF and George Soros, that Soros is linked to the Orange revolution and regime changes in Ukraine, and that coronavirus will cause the collapse of Ukraine.

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  • Reported in: Issue192
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 07/04/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: coronavirus, Volodymyr Zelensky, fake statistics, Military, DPR, LPR, Ukrainian statehood, George Soros

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