The article utilises a sensational pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative to obscure the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine through a highly emotional topic. No evidence is given to support accusations that after the start of the invasion, trade in the organs of the armed forces is taking place.
Allegations about organ trafficking during military activities in Ukraine are part of the Kremlin’s disinformation toolbox and have been in circulation since 2014. In the past, accusing others of organ trafficking has been a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation technique, be it NATO, Syria’s White Helmets, the Ukrainian army with its own soldiers, or even former Georgian president Mikhail Sakhashvili’s wife.
The transplantation of organs is a complex and time-constrained medical procedure and is impossible to be carried out in field conditions. Spontaneously removing an organ with the aim of selling it is nonsensical, as the body of the deceased person should be thoroughly examined. In case of spontaneous removal, nobody knows whether the donor has a sort of chronic disease. Furthermore, if the death occurred due to trauma or injury, as it is with many deceased soldiers, there is a high risk of organ damage. Even if the organ itself is not damaged, problems caused by the damage in the organism often make the organ not suitable for transplantation. Read the full debunk of the story at Myth Detector.
As to the claims that Ukrainian soldiers end up in Western hospitals as guinea pigs, it is well documented that Ukrainian soldiers receive adequate treatment at hospitals in the US and EU. A video posted in July by Anton Geraschenko, an adviser to Ukraine's Minister for Internal Affairs, showed soldiers testing the prosthetic legs they were fitted with at a Chicago medical facility.
Read other related cases: Children's medical records found in Mariupol suggest an organ trafficking ring, Wounded Ukrainian warriors' blood is pumped out and internal organs sold and Ukraine’s Health Ministry allows dead Ukrainians to be sold for organs.