There are at least 15 U.S. military laboratories in Ukraine. They are engaged in research in the field of biological pathogens. As soon as the coronavirus epidemic began in Ukraine, a petition to check the activities of such laboratories was posted on the President’s website. But there is no answer yet. And it is unlikely that the Ukrainian authorities will be able to give it: under an agreement with the United States, they do not even have the right to be interested in what kind of research is being done in these laboratories.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg have accused Russia and China of “spreading misinformation” about the COVID-19 pandemic. These accusations, as usual, have no specifics, but their possible main goal is to once again advance the thesis of the West “Russians are bad”.
The coronavirus is a relentless and daily topic in pro-Kremlin media, including state-owned outlets. As of 07 April 2020, the East StratCom Task Force had collected over 200 corona-related disinformation cases in the public EUvsDisinfo database since 22 January 2020. These messages are characteristic of the Kremlin’s well-established strategy of using disinformation to amplify divisions, sow distrust and chaos, and exacerbate crisis situations and issues of public concern. Popular disinfo narratives include claims that coronavirus is a biological weapon deployed alternatively by China, the US, the UK or even Russia, that the coronavirus did not break out in Wuhan, China – the US is concealing its true origin, which is in fact the US or US-owned laboratories across the world, that the outbreak has been caused by migrants and migrants are spreading the virus in the EU. For further reading see: EEAS SPECIAL REPORT: Disinformation on the coronavirus – short assessment of the information environment.