Disinfo: The US military is testing bacteriological weapons on Ukrainians

Summary

The US military is suspected of illegally testing bacteriological weapons on Ukrainians. In 2009, there was an outbreak of hemorrhagic pneumonia. In 2011, an outbreak of cholera. In January 2016, there was an outbreak of influenza. In 2017, a massive outbreak of cases of hepatitis A and measles.

Disproof

The Ukrainian Security Service urged people not to spread fake news about the alleged presence of American military biological laboratories on the territory of Ukraine. The US Embassy in Ukraine has repeatedly denied the "creation of military biological laboratories" in Ukraine.

Viral pneumonia and other infectious diseases are not the result of the joint research work of the USA and Ukraine. Viral pneumonia and the aggressive H1N1 influenza strain that triggered a worldwide epidemic in 2009 affected not only Ukrainians: once every few years, worldwide outbreaks of infectious diseases are recorded, as viruses can mutate. Cholera is a severe intestinal infection that usually occurs in contaminated waters, which is what triggered several cases of cholera outbreaks in Ukraine. Outbreaks of cholera are constantly recorded in different parts of the world and have nothing to do with the activities of “biological laboratories”, as well as outbreaks of measles or hepatitis, which can be prevented by standard immunisation. At the end of 2019, Ukraine entered the top five countries with the highest incidence of measles. Specialists from the World Health Organisation concluded that measles quickly spread to countries like Ukraine due to the systematic omission of vaccination of local children.

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  • Reported in: Issue 206
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 23/07/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine, US
  • Keywords: laboratory, Biological weapons, Chemical weapons/attack
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SBU should check the activities of secret biological laboratories in Ukraine

The Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) should open a criminal case over the fact that the Americans illegally tested bacteriological weapons on Ukrainians. American bacteriological laboratories in Ukraine were supervised by senior officials of both states.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory about "secret" biological weapons.

Back in May, the Ukrainian Security Service urged people not to spread fake news about the alleged presence of American military biological laboratories in Ukraine. "Usually, the Security Service of Ukraine, which is fighting real, and not fake, threats to the country, does not react to comment on such rumours ... But against the background of the fight against coronavirus, the SBU considers it appropriate to respond to this...There are no foreign biological laboratories operating on the territory of Ukraine. The statements made recently by certain politicians do not correspond to reality and are a deliberate distortion of facts," the SBU said.

Ukraine and NATO violate Russian maritime borders

Ukraine and NATO are constantly violating Russian maritime borders. NATO should have understood for a long time that this is a Russian economic zone, that Crimea is the territory of the Russian Federation. Someone  is exceeding the permissible norms of behaviour, that is, violates our territorial waters, invades our economic zone.

Disproof

During the Sea Breeze military exercise, a Russian patrol ship of the Russian FSB Coast Guard went on the radio to the Bulgarian ship Bodra with a demand for it to leave ​​its location. This year, as in 2019, it was Russia that resorted to provocation against the Ukrainian-American exercises: on the eve of the start of the Sea Breeze, the Kremlin deliberately blocked the area in the Black Sea where, according to the plan, the exercises should take place.

Moreover, the waters of the Black and Azov Seas around Crimea cannot be considered Russian, at least due to the fact that the peninsula is an occupied Ukrainian territory. In addition, according to all international standards, Ukraine has every right to use the Black and Azov Seas.

White helmets are not a humanitarian organisation, but marauders

The White helmets, behind the facade of the humanitarian brand, hides looting, robbery and direct complicity in terrorism.

Disproof

This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative smearing the White Helmets while providing no evidence.

The White Helmets movement originated in Syria in 2012, when the first detachments of volunteer rescuers appeared in the territories outside of the control of Bashar al-Assad's troops. In 2014, volunteer teams merged into a national organisation, the Syrian Civil Defence, which is the official name of the White Helmets.  Volunteers save people from the rubble after bombings, despite the danger of dying themselves as a result of repeated air strikes. Activists have documented the use of chemical weapons in Syria by the Assad government and allied forces. Because Russia is supporting Assad, the White Helmets have become the target of an extensive Russian disinformation campaign.