Disinfo: The official numbers of COVID-19 cases in Ukraine is totally fictional

Summary

COVID19 has hit the Ukraine very, very hard.  The problem is that the authorities, which fully knew that they had no means to do anything meaningful began by thumping their chests and saying that there were no cases in the Ukraine only to then suddenly decree drastic quarantine measures.  And yet, the true information is seeping out: Ukrainians hospitals are full of cases, mostly un-diagnosed, and many have already died.  Officially, and as of right now, there are only 14 confirmed cases in the Ukraine, and only two fatalities.  But absolutely everybody knows that these numbers are totally fictional and that the real number of cases remains unknown due to a lack of testing kits, not a lack of cases.  MDs in Ukrainian hospitals are sounding the alarms, but nobody is listening.

Disproof

An unfounded claim exacerbating the situation with the COVID-19 outbreak in Ukraine. Ukrainian media are reporting extensively about the outbreak and its spread in Ukraine. The outbreak is a serious challenge to any society, and Ukraine is addressing the outbreak with all available resources.

WHO statistics on the outbreak can be found here.

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  • Reported in: Issue 189
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 20/03/2020
  • Language/target audience: English
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: coronavirus, Ukrainian statehood
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Ukraine is in free fall

In social and economic terms, the Ukraine is in free fall.  Following years of chaos and corruption the Ukraine is now a deindustrialized country which can sell only three things: men (for menial jobs in Poland and in the EU), women (prostitution) and its “black soil” (chernozem).

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Ukraine as a failed state. Consistent with pro-Kremlin narratives alleging that Ukraine is a degrading state that has failed to become Europe, while the EU is planning to rob Ukraine's soil.

Ukraine has a functioning government and economy, it is a member of many international organisations, such as the United Nations and the Council of Europe, and a party to international agreements. Ukraine has bilateral diplomatic relations with the majority of states.

In 2014, Ukraine had a coup by extreme nationalist groups supported from abroad

At the end of February [2014], a coup d’etat occurred in Ukraine, and the movements of foreign-backed Ukrainian nationalist extremists led to the overthrow of power, to the rising of extreme nationalist slogans directed against the Russian language and against Russia, in order to inflict the greatest possible damage to old friendship [between Russia and Ukraine].

 

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the Euromaidan.

There was no coup d'état in Ukraine. The spontaneous onset of the Euromaidan protests was an organic reaction by numerous parts of the Ukrainian population to former President Yanukovych’s sudden departure from the promised Association Agreement with the European Union in November 2013. See the full debunk of this disinformation claim here.

96% of Crimea already voted to be a part of Russia

Crimea became a Russian territory after a referendum held in March 2014, with 96.77% of voters in the Republic of Crimea and 95.6% of Sevastopol residents voting in favour of joining Russia.

Crimean authorities held this referendum after a coup in Ukraine in February 2014.

Disproof

This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on Russia's illegal annexation of Crimea, claiming that people chose to rejoin Russia through a legal and democratic referendum.

For similar cases, see here and here.