Disinfo: The Pentagon carries out in Ukraine the experiments that didn’t dare to do in US soil

Summary

The Pentagon is carrying out experiments near Russia’s borders that it does not dare do on US soil due to the incredible threat level. Ukraine is a much more convenient place for bio-labs: there aren’t strict legislative restrictions on biology, and the country is near Russia, a strategic opponent of the US. This is similar to the Caribbean crisis [the 1962 Cuban missile crisis], but this time, biological weapons are used instead of nuclear missiles. The EU countries are more exposed to the threat posed by those labs in Ukraine and other European countries. Washington may be using biological intelligence labs in Ukraine because its population is similar to the Russians and it is possible to organise local outbreaks of several diverse and register the consequences. Similar activities are taking place in Georgia, where the scandalous Center of Research on Public Health Richard Lugar is located.

Disproof

Recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the alleged existence of US secret military laboratories near Russia’s borders, in this case in Ukraine and Georgia. According to these claims, the main task of these labs is to create "combat" viruses against Russians.

Actually, virology laboratories in Ukraine are involved in preventing the risks of complex diseases by pathogens and, together with other similar projects, counteracting bioterrorism. In April, the US Embassy in Ukraine reaffirmed that the country offers its support to ensure Ukraine can detect and report outbreaks caused by dangerous pathogens before they pose security or stability threats. In June, the Ukrainian Health Ministry responded to a Member of the Ukrainian Parliament who supported the idea of secret US labs, that there were no such laboratories.

You can see many examples of this disinformation narrative in our database, such as claims that the US is establishing laboratories alongside Russian borders; that Washington may be developing weaponised insects; that US biolabs in Ukraine are connected to the spread of Covid-19; that Kiev’s plans to close those labs led the US to support Euromaidan; that Americans experimented on people in Georgia; or that UK will use chemical labs to launch fresh provocations against Russia.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 201
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 10/06/2020
  • Language/target audience: Spanish, Castilian
  • Country: Ukraine, US, Georgia
  • Keywords: Lugar Laboratory, laboratory, Biological weapons

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