Disinfo: The ex-Minister of Health of Ukraine Uliana Suprun has destroyed Soviet medicine


On 29 October, the mayor of the Ukrainian city of Novhorod-Severskyi, Oleg Bondarenko, died of complications associated with coronavirus. The day before this event, on 28 October, the mayor of Boryspil, Anatoly Fedorchuk, had died of Covid. […] the current situation is the result of reforms and plundering of Ukrainian medicine.

There was Uliana Suprun, who consistently destroyed all Soviet medicine. She was the Minister of Health and suggested to treat smallpox by applying a red scarf to the head, and cancer with laughter. Therefore, the result is predictable.


Unfounded claims, presented without any evidence. An example of a conspiracy theory; recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about Ukraine and health sector reform in the country.

Mrs Suprun is a highly qualified scientist and medic, educated in the USA and becoming a highly respected professional in her field.

The claims about "non-professional reforms" of healthcare in Ukraine are also incorrect. According to the latest assessment of the World Health Organisation, Ukraine has achieved significant success on the path to the reorganisation of the health system and has earned the highest marks from the leading medical organisation in the world - this report was written in March 2019, when Mrs Suprun was still Minister for Health in Ukraine.


  • Reported in: Issue 218
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 31/10/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: coronavirus, Ukraine, health


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