Disinfo: The US develops biological weapons in Ukrainian laboratories


The US develops biological weapons in Ukrainian laboratories.

The Americans have achieved far greater success with the expansion of biological laboratories in Ukraine. There are at least 15 such facilities, the American Embassy in Kyiv admitted a few months ago – all of them supervised by the Pentagon. The first laboratory is said to have been founded in 2005, still under President Yushchenko. Nevertheless, Washington declares (without giving any concrete details) that the facilities will only serve civilian, scientific purposes. Experts assume, however, that biological weapons will be developed there.


Recurring conspiracy theory alleging that the United States develops biological weapons and has secret biological laboratories around the world. The disinformation claim also capitalises on the oft-recurring conspiracy theory about laboratories in Ukraine, as well as the Lugar Lab in Georgia.

The US Embassy in Ukraine has repeatedly denied the "creation of military biological laboratories" in Ukraine.

The cooperation between Ukraine and the United States in the direction of combating biological terrorism takes place exclusively within the framework of Ukrainian legislation and in the interests of Ukraine.

In 2005, the Ministry of Health of Ukraine and the U.S. Department of Defence signed a framework agreement on preventing the spread of technologies, pathogens and knowledge that can be used in the development of biological weapons. Within the framework of this Agreement, a number of state laboratories located in Odesa, Kharkiv, Lviv, Kyiv, Vinnitsia, Kherson and Dnipro regions were modernised (repair works were carried out, equipment was updated, consumables were purchased, etc.).

The Security Service of Ukraine emphasises that these laboratories are financed from the state budget, subordinated to the Ministry of Health and the State Service of Ukraine for Food Safety and Consumer Protection.

Read further debunk by StopFake.org.

See similar disinfo cases alleging that there are dangerous American labs close to the Russian border and that Pentagon controls the work of 15 bacteriological laboratories in Ukraine.


  • Reported in: Issue217
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 23/10/2020
  • Language/target audience: German
  • Country: Ukraine, US
  • Keywords: laboratory, security threat, Biological weapons, US presence in Europe, Ukrainian disintegration, Conspiracy


Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

see more

All German political parties are following directives from Washington

[It is] to deplore the confrontation-oriented agitation against Russia and China, as well as the systematically constructed “enemy image of Putin”. Germany would be centrally endangered in the event of a conflict between East and West, and only ignorant people and dreamers rule this out. The reasons for this lies in the fact that almost all political organisations in Germany, including the parties, have been infiltrated and are following the directives from Washington.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about German-American relations. Pro-Kremlin outlets often use the disinforming narrative about different countries being under the American thumb - see other examples here.

German political parties are not following directives from Washington, they are independent and not dependent on the United States of America in terms of their foreign policy making and therefore it is a conspiracy theory presented without any evidence. Germany and the US have close partner relations of two sovereign and independent countries.

It is unclear, who really poisoned Sergei and Yuliya Skripal

Sergei and Yuliya Skripal were found unconscious in Salisbury, UK, on 4 March 2018 and were taken to hospital with symptoms of poisoning. It is still unclear by whom, and under what circumstances, the former Russian-British double agent and his daughter were really poisoned.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Salisbury poisoning.

After a hearing in the Court of Protection, British High Court Justice David Williams issued an approved judgement about what had happened to the Skripals around three weeks after their poisoning in March 2018. The British Police have presented a solid chain of evidence on the Skripal case, with pictures, connecting the suspects to the locations in the case. Some of the material has been released to the public. The evidence was sufficient to charge two Russian nationals, Anatoliy Chepiga and Aleksandr Mishkin with the attack on the Skripals, both Russian military intelligence operatives from the GRU, who travelled to the UK using fake names and documents.

The crisis in Belarus was triggered by Western countries

The crisis in Belarus was triggered by Western countries and forced supporters of rapprochement with Russia, to unite.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the Belarusian protests.

There is no evidence that any other Western governments or countries are at all involved in the protests in Belarus. Protests in Belarus erupted to contest the results of the presidential election in Belarus on the 9th of August, which were not monitored by independent experts, and are largely considered fraudulent by both international observers and a big part of the Belarusian society. On 19 August 2020, the European Council called the Belarusian elections neither free nor fair. Mobilisations were organised and carried out by local actorsopposition politicians and Belarusian citizens, without any foreign involvement.

In October 2020, the EU Council imposed sanctions against 40 individuals identified as responsible for repression and intimidation against peaceful demonstrators, opposition members and journalists in the wake of the 2020 presidential election in Belarus, as well as for misconduct of the electoral process. See the full text and the Council conclusions (page 10).

Read earlier disinformation cases alleging that Poland is preparing a Euromaidan scenario for Belarus, that Belarus will turn anti-Russian in case it does not deepen integration with Russia, that the West's only interest in Belarus is to make it anti-Russian, and that the US plans to turn Belarus into its colony, a coup and foreign military invasion may happen.