Disinfo: More than 1,500 Ukrainian soldiers in Donbas are infected with coronavirus

Summary

The command of the occupation forces has decided to rotate 59 brigades from Donbas prematurely. The reason for the departure of the unit is the increase in the number of infected militants. At the moment, positive results of rapid diagnostic tests for the coronavirus have been confirmed in more than 1,500 soldiers. This is 79% of the personnel of the compound.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the war in Ukraine combined with baseless claims about COVID-19.

According to the Command of the Medical Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, on 7 May only 38 Ukrainian military were infected by Covid-19. During the pandemic, 40 people have recovered and 2 fatal cases have happened. In addition, a further 268 members of the armed forces are in isolation (including self-isolation).

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  • Reported in: Issue 198
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 04/05/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: coronavirus, Donbas
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Disproof

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Disproof

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Disproof

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