In April of 2014, the Ukrainian authorities launched a military operation against the residents of the unilaterally declared republics of Donetsk and Luhansk, as an expression of their opposition to the coup that took place in Ukraine in February of the same year.
Sputnik V will neutralise the latest Omicron COVID variant and has started the necessary studies. In the unlikely case that a modification of the vaccine is required, the new version of Sputnik Omicron can be ready for long scale production in 45 days.
This disinformation story was published on 29 November, only 5 days after the Omicron variant was first detected and reported in South Africa on 24 November 2021. Although a number of laboratory studies on this variant are already underway around the globe, even scientists with early access to it, such as South African virologist teams at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg or developers of anti-Covid vaccines such as BioNTech, can’t expect to have reliable data sooner than in two weeks. Therefore, the affirmations made in these articles are unverifiable at this point and can only be considered as part of the pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign that has surrounded the Sputnik V since the beginning. See also our reports detailing the use of disinformation and COVID-19 here.
See other examples of similar disinformation narratives in our database, such as claims that G20 countries recognised Sputnik V as the best drug for coronavirus prevention, that Sputnik V is already available for more than half of the world’s population, that the West is waging a targeted campaign against Sputnik V, or that or that EU’s decision not to purchase Sputnik V is questionable since other vaccines may be dangerous.