Disinfo: Expert: The coronavirus will kill Ukraine in days


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.


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.


  • Reported in: Issue182
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 27/01/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: coronavirus, Ukrainian disintegration, Ukrainian statehood


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The anti-orthodox policy of Montenegro’s authorities is inspired by the United States.


Conspiracy theory; no evidence given. This claim involves the recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative that the West threatens and undermines traditional Christian values. Related cases where the US is accused of attacking traditional values in Europe via "sects" can be found herehere, and here.

Greta Thunberg is part of a scheme to enrich a handful of financial giants

Featured speaker [at the World Economic Forum in Davos] was the young Swedish activist Greta Thunberg. What few realize is how carefully all this is being orchestrated to prepare a massive shift in global capital flows where a handful of financial giants stand to gain.


This claim is a conspiracy theory, and a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about international youth protests started by the Swedish activist Greta Thunberg.

This is also a recurring disinformation narrative about the West exploiting the environmental agenda and climate change topic to do harm to Russia, and that global warming is a "hoax" perpetrated by special interest groups like green businesses that stand to benefit from the climate hysteria. In fact, the existence of anthropogenic climate change is a matter of scientific consensus. Only a tiny minority of scientists dispute this consensus: the Earth is warming through the greenhouse effect; human activities - including use of fossil fuels, cutting down rain-forests, and farming livestock - are a major cause of the warming; and, unchecked, this rapid warming presents significant risks to human communities and natural systems. Preventing dangerous consequences of climate change is a key priority for the EU. 

Canada is not an independent state, but an obedient puppet of the US

Canada is always obediently walking alongside Washington’s “master” like a pocket dog. It supports America in the most unbelievable adventures. Canada suddenly got excited and started barking at the White House. Canada is not an independent state. The whole of Canada is the obedient puppet of the United States. And suddenly, the “slave revolt.” On January 15, Trudeau made a sensational statement: “The United States and Iran are equally to blame for the tragedy with Ukrainian Boeing.”

This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Western countries, Canada in particular, as US vassal states. Pro-Kremlin outlets often use this narrative of different countries being under the American thumb to imply that their national sovereignty is under threat and that they have limited power. It is also often used to drive wedges and foment tension between allies.

Canada, like the US, is a sovereign country and makes sovereign decisions about its own security and politics. More about US-Canada relations can be read here and here.