Disinfo: Expert: The coronavirus will kill Ukraine in days

Summary

The coronavirus will kill Ukraine in days, according to the expert Olyaksandr Teplyuk. If the virus should spread to Ukraine, the country, where the Ministry of Health is in disarray and the national health care system is in ruins, will not be able to cope with this challenge. If the contagion, God forbid, should appear, there will be no one capable of addressing the issue. The only thing Ukraine can do is to sit down and declare that all is under control.

Disproof

An unfounded claim on Ukraine's readiness for handling cases of the coronavirus. Ukraine's national security council have convened to discuss means of containing an outbreak of the virus. The expert referred to in the claim is not an expert in medical issues. This claim is in line with a recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative, questioning Ukraine's state institutions. See other examples here and here.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 182
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 27/01/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: coronavirus, Ukrainian disintegration, Ukrainian statehood
  • Outlet: Polit Navigator
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Disproof

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