Disinfo: US is conducting secret biological experiments in Ukraine resulting in disease outbreaks

Summary

In 2018, the Bulgarian journalist Dilyana Gaitandzhieva published an investigation in which she concluded that the Americans were conducting secret experiments with bacteriological weapons in Ukraine. Then the Serbian edition of “Print” [magazine] published its analysis of what was happening, showing that after the start of cooperation with the United States, Ukraine experienced several outbreaks of absolutely wild diseases. These diseases did not usually happen in Ukraine but this forced the Ukrainian government to buy new vaccines.

Nevertheless, the “research activity” of the Americans still continues. Their laboratories are open in Kyiv, Odesa, L’viv, Kherson, Vinnytsia, and Dnipro oblasts. For a long time, laboratories have been operating in Georgia, where residents from surrounding areas also experience diseases. Recently [these laboratories] appeared in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. Note, they are not in the US but around Russia.

Disproof

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, L'viv, Kyiv, Vinnytsia, 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, that Kazakhstan is a testing ground for production of dangerous diseases, that coronavirus was created by Americans in a biolaboratory in Kazakhstan, that the US develops biologcal weapons in Ukrainian laboratories, that the people of Armenia, Georgia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan are "biomaterial" for the Pentagon, and that Pentagon controls the work of 15 bacteriological laboratories in Ukraine.

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  • Reported in: Issue 221
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 28/10/2020
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Georgia, US, Ukraine, Russia
  • Keywords: coronavirus, Ukraine, Biological weapons
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