Disinfo: Ukrainian authorities do not even have the right to know what kind of research is done by US military laboratories in Ukraine


There are at least 15 U.S. military laboratories in Ukraine. They are engaged in research in the field of biological pathogens. As soon as the coronavirus epidemic began in Ukraine, a petition to check the activities of such laboratories was posted on the President’s website.

But there is no answer yet. And it is unlikely that the Ukrainian authorities will be able to give it: under an agreement with the United States, they do not even have the right to be interested in what kind of research is being done in these laboratories.


Conspiracy theory hinting that coronavirus could come from "USA military laboratories" in Ukraine with no evidence given.

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative that the US is building biological laboratories in the Eastern Partnership region. See a similar narrative about Ukraine here. According to the agreement between the Ministry of Health of Ukraine and the Ministry of Defence of the United States of America, such virology laboratories in Ukraine are involved in preventing the risks of complex diseases by pathogens and, together with other similar projects, counteracting bioterrorism.

At the time of writing this case, the petition mentioned in the article was signed only by 424 people. An electronic petition addressed to the President of Ukraine shall be considered subject to the collection of at least 25,000 signatures of citizens for its support within a maximum of three months from the date of the petition being published.


  • Reported in: Issue 190
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 23/03/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine, US
  • Keywords: coronavirus, Ukraine, laboratory, Biological weapons


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