Disinfo: Kyiv puts Russophobia above the health of its citizens


Kyiv puts Russophobia above the health of its citizens.


A new addition to the recently developed pro-Kremlin narrative about the Russian coronavirus vaccine Sputnik V.

The disinformation claim comes as a reaction to the fact that Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy publicly stated that Ukraine will not buy the Russian vaccine against COVID-19. According to the Health Minister of Ukraine Maksym Stepanov, there is no evidence that the Russian vaccine has undergone all stages of clinical trials, especially the third one.

The Russian vaccine has been met with international scepticism, claiming that the vaccine is not backed by evidence from a complete phase three trial. The WHO published a landscape of COVID-19 candidate vaccines, which considered the Russian project developed by Gamaleya Research Institute as being in phase 1 of clinical testing. In fact, Russia hasn’t completed large trials to test the vaccine’s safety and efficacy, and rolling out an inadequately vetted vaccine could endanger people who receive it.

There is currently no available approved vaccine for COVID-19 anywhere in the world. However, there are 36 vaccines in clinical trials on humans, and at least 90 preclinical vaccines are under active investigation in animals.

Read a similar case "Ukraine will not buy the Russian vaccine against coronavirus, therefore it continues “the policy of genocide".


  • Reported in: Issue 217
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 13/10/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: coronavirus, health, Russophobia, Ukrainian statehood


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