All things Russia Vs. Ukraine for February 28, 2022

Please check back on this post from time to time, especially the comments as the day goes on.

Oz-Rita recommends the video below:

Newsweek, April 8, 2021: Vladimir Putin’s Adviser Says U.S. Is Developing Biological Weapons Near Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin‘s chief security adviser has said Moscow has “good reason to believe” the U.S. is developing biological weapons along the borders of Russia and China.

Nikolai Patrushev, who is the secretary of Russia’s Security Council, made the comments during an interview with the newspaper Kommersant, in which journalist Elena Chernenko asked him about claims that China had “deliberately caused” the coronavirus pandemic.

Defending Beijing, Patrushev replied: “I suggest that you look at how more and more biological laboratories under U.S. control are growing considerably in the world and by a strange coincidence, mainly by the Russian and Chinese borders.”

Russia shares land borders with 16 countries—the most of any nation in the world. China shares frontiers with 14 countries, as well as the special administrative region of Hong Kong. Patrushev did not name any specific countries, but said: “Americans help local scientists develop new ways to fight dangerous diseases.”

We are fighting for Ukraine, and the New World Order

Col. Douglas Macgregor: “We are urging Ukraine to fight a war they can’t win”

While the Canadian government calls Canadian patriots protesting for freedom, “Nazis”, “Far right wing extremists” “racists” “White supremacists” and more, the Canadian government was actually supporting in every way, actual, bona-fide, real vestigial Nazis from the last century:

Ottawa Citizen, November 8, 2021: Allegations of Canadian troops training neo-Nazis and war criminals sparks military review

A review into how Canada approves the foreign military personnel its trains should be ready by early next year but parts of the study will need to remain secret.

A review into how Canada approves the foreign military personnel it trains should be ready by early next year, but parts of the study will need to remain secret, according to the Department of National Defence.

The review follows concerns raised by Jewish groups of the alleged involvement of Canadian troops in training neo-Nazis in Ukraine as well as warnings by soldiers last year that some Iraqis who have received instruction from Canada were involved in torture and rape.

DND spokesman Dan Le Bouthillier said the review was started in late October. “This review will look holistically at all missions where the CAF conducts mentoring or capacity building functions with the armed forces of another nation,” he noted.

But Le Bouthillier indicated that some details of the review will remain secret as “the specifics of the process by which the CAF verifies the suitability of training candidates is subject to operational security restrictions.”

More here as well

Canadian officials who met with members of a Ukrainian battalion linked to neo-Nazis didn’t denounce the unit, but were instead concerned the media would expose details of the get-together, according to newly released documents.

MI6 makes safe spaces for staff


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29 Replies to “All things Russia Vs. Ukraine for February 28, 2022”

  1. What we’re seeing is that Facts have again reached that malleable state where they fit the prejudice of any individual, and when enough people are holding the same prejudice, the result is incendiary and the truth becomes obsolete.
    When you know that that men can be trained like dogs to believe and do anything – anything at all – it makes you value your own counsel and be suspect of every other.

    “When misguided public opinion honors what is despicable and despises what is honorable, punishes virtue and rewards vice, encourages what is harmful and discourages what is useful, applauds falsehood and smothers truth under indifference or insult, a nation turns its back on progress and can be restored only by the terrible lessons of catastrophe.”
    >Frederic Bastiat<

  2. globe and mail – Russia’s RT to be removed from Canadian lineup by Bell, Rogers, Shaw

    BCE Inc., Rogers Communcations Inc. and Shaw Communications Inc. are pulling a Russian state-funded television channel from their channel lineups after the minister who oversees Canada’s broadcasting system said Ottawa is exploring “all options” to get RT off the air.

    A spokesperson for BCE told The Globe that the Kremlin-controlled television network RT, formerly known as Russia Today, is no longer available in Bell’s channel lineup, while a spokesperson for Rogers said the channel will be removed Monday. Shaw said on Twitter late Sunday that effective Monday, it will no longer be carrying the network, adding, “Customers who subscribe to RT as a pick and pay service will receive a credit in their next billing cycle.”

    Telus Corp. still offers the channel.

    The Conservative Party has called the broadcaster a tool of Moscow that spreads “disinformation and propaganda,” while a January report by the U.S. State Department said the channel has been used to try to sway public opinion about Ukraine in Europe, the United States and even as far away as Latin America.

    Ihor Michalchyshyn, chief executive of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, said Moscow is using RT to justify its war against Ukraine and that makes it even more crucial to bar it from any Canadian-regulated broadcasting.

    The Globe and Mail reported in 2017 that some of the country’s biggest television providers were being paid by RT to carry the channel. Such arrangements are unusual in the TV distribution business, as typically cable and satellite companies pay specialty television channels for the right to distribute them.

    “It’s really a moral question: Should our cable companies be making money off of the carriage of what is clearly a propaganda channel?” said Barry Kiefl, president of Ottawa-based research firm Canadian Media Research Inc.

    Mr. Kiefl called on Canada’s cable and satellite companies to voluntarily stop broadcasting the channel despite the financial hit, noting that Canada’s airspace has been closed to Russian aircraft operators and that Russian alcohol has been pulled from the shelves at the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO).

    Failing that, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) could remove RT from its lists of eligible satellite services for distribution, Mr. Kiefl said.

    A spokesperson for Telus said that as a third-party content provider, the telecom “does not exercise editorial control” over the channels it makes available to its customers or what they choose to watch.

    “We fully adhere to the standards and guidelines set out by our regulator, the CRTC, and in the event that the CRTC requests Canadian broadcast distributors remove Russia Today, we will immediately comply. In an effort to keep our customers informed, we have added a Ukrainian category on Channel 3000 for free until at least March 28, 2022,” Richard Gilhooley said in an e-mail.

    Spokespeople for BCE, Rogers and Shaw did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

    After The Globe reported in 2017 that Canadian TV providers were being paid to carry RT, opposition members of Parliament called for more transparency into the agreements.

    At the time, Mélanie Joly, who was then the Heritage Minister, declined multiple interview requests on the subject, saying that regulating and supervising the Canadian broadcast system is the responsibility of the CRTC. The regulator also declined requests for an interview at the time, saying in an e-mailed statement that the agreements with RT are “competitively sensitive.”

    While the CRTC operates at arm’s length from the government, the Heritage Minister’s portfolio includes setting policy that affects how the regulator oversees the industry. Ms. Joly, now Foreign Affairs Minister, had previously used that power. For example, earlier in 2017, she referred a number of renewals of TV licences back to the watchdog, instructing it to reconsider the spending requirements it set for original Canadian programs.

    Conservative interim leader Candice Bergen has called on Ottawa to issue an “order of general application directing the [CRTC] to adopt a new broadcasting policy” that revokes the licences of such outlets “so that Russia Today (RT) is taken off Canada’s airwaves.”

    Canadian Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez said Saturday that the federal government is “looking at all options.”

    “I share the concerns of many Canadians about the presence of Russia Today in our broadcasting system,” Mr. Rodriguez said on Twitter.

    Mr. Kiefl argued that removing the channel from Canada’s broadcast system does not constitute censorship, as those who wish to watch RT could still do so online. “You’re not saying the channel can’t exist, you’re just saying ‘I’m not going to distribute it,’ ” Mr. Kiefl said.

    He added that the channel is taking up space that could go to local broadcasters. “The satellite has a limited amount of space – it can only air so many channels.”

    On Sunday, RT remained available to Canadian television subscribers, broadcasting headlines such as “Ukraine army allegedly intensifies artillery fire on residential areas” and “Russian TV channels including RT banned in Poland, Finland, Australia.”
    RT – Russian-Ukraine delegates begin negotiations on Ukraine conflict

    The delegations from Russia and Ukraine begin negotiations in Belarus amid the ongoing military operation

    • RT- US-made anti-tank missile launcher seized by Russian forces

      First US-made anti-tank missile launcher seized by Russian forces during the military operation in Ukraine, Mariupol

    • the conservative tree house – Col Douglas Macgregor Has a Slightly Different Take on Russia-Ukraine Conflict

      My spidey senses tell me that Col Douglas Macgregor will not be welcomed back on Fox News after he gave a rather different take on what is happening amid the Russia-Ukraine conflict that does not toe the common media line. [SEGMENT HERE] Jennifer Griffin was furious.

      The first presentation was during a segment with Fox Host Dan Bongino (below). The second presentation of essentially the same analysis was with Trey Gowdy [SEGMENT HERE].

      In both discussions Macgregor’s perspective reconciles the disparity between what the U.S. government, State Dept, and corporate media are saying -vs- what is visible.

      MORE :


    • paul j watson – MI6 Chief Faces Backlash For Saying Ukraine War is About LGBT Rights

      “We’re all f**ked.”

      The head of MI6, who includes his preferred pronouns in his Twitter bio, faced backlash for suggesting that a large part of the war in Ukraine was about “LGBT+ rights.”

      Yes, really.

      Richard Moore (he/him), leader of Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service, made the comments in a Twitter thread.

      “With the tragedy and destruction unfolding so distressingly in Ukraine, we should remember the values and hard won freedoms that distinguish us from Putin, none more than LGBT+ rights. So let’s resume our series of tweets to mark #LGBTHM2022,” he wrote.


      With the tragedy and destruction unfolding so distressingly in Ukraine, we should remember the values and hard won freedoms that distinguish us from Putin, none more than LGBT+ rights.

      So let’s resume our series of tweets to mark #LGBTHM2022

      — Richard Moore (@ChiefMI6) February 25, 2022


      Moore then went on to describe the experiences of an LBGT agent who told him, “I had to move for the job when I joined #MI6, so I was relieved to find out there was an LGBT+ network group. Through the group I’ve made some great friends in the office, and it’s reassuring to know it’s there for support if I need it.”


      Introducing P: “I had to move for the job when I joined #MI6, so I was relieved to find out there was an LGBT+ network group. Through the group I’ve made some great friends in the office, and it’s reassuring to know it’s there for support if I need it.”
      2:09 PM · Feb 25, 2022


      Quite how any of this relates to Russia’s bombardment of Ukraine and the innumerable violent street battles now taking place across the country is anyone’s guess.

      “Is this supposed to motivate Ukrainian nationalists or demoralize them?” asked Chris Menahan.

      Other Twitter users reacted with a mixture of confusion and derision.

      “My only hope is this is some sort of top secret coded message. Otherwise we’re all fucked,” said one.

      “Yes, the values of Western civilization didn’t exist until the creation of LGBTQIA2S+ rights in the 1960s. You virtue signalling idiot. The only hard won freedom I want is from woke ideologues like you,” added another.

      “We are at the brink of World War 3 and all you can do is virtue signal over what people do with their private parts. Absolute joke,” remarked another.

      As we highlighted last week, MI6 also marked the day Putin invaded Ukraine by tweeting about the success of their gay coffee morning.

      The Times also revealed how MI6 spies have been told to consider their “white privilege” and avoid using offensive words like “manpower” and “grip” as part of an effort to improve “diversity and inclusion in the security services.”

      “Critics have argued that security officials should have been less focused on inclusion and more alert to events in Afghanistan and Ukraine,” reported the newspaper.

    • If our government wants to take RT off the air take the CBC off, too. It’s not its place to decide what Canadians watch. We’re awash in disinfo. Letting an authoritarian government pick and choose is like someone else flicking green peppers off my pizza. Maybe I like green peppers.

      Just look at the CBC’s ratings to see if people are able to discern for themselves.

    • Putin Orders Military to Destroy Bio-Labs in Ukraine as US Scrubs Evidence of Their Existence

      […]Bioweapons laboratories in Ukrainian cities including Kharkiv, Luhansk, Dnipropetrovsk, and the capital Kyiv, among others locations, have been targeted by Russian troops operating under Putin’s direct orders in recent days.

      Meanwhile, the US embassy in Ukraine has been caught scrubbing evidence of biolabs in Ukraine while mainstream media and fact checkers have begun telling the masses that the biolabs don’t exist.

      Ukrainian President Volodmyr Zelensky stated Friday that Russian forces are firing at “military installations” leaving analysts speculating that term could include US-installed and operated bio-labs.

      According to US government documents, the US has multiple biolabs in Ukraine. In typical Pentagon fashion, these biolabs are marketed as “defense.“

      Russia has been warning the US for months to stop operating dangerous biolabs on their doorstep. Mainstream media won’t touch the topic now, but they did cover the news in the past.

      However, the internet sleuths archived the information before it could be memory-holed forever.

      Here is a full list of the biolabs:

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      US officials have gone into overdrive attempting to explain away the existence of the biolabs. Robert Pope, the director of the Cooperative Threat Reduction Program, a 30-year-old Defense Department program, has admitted that the labs could release “dangerous pathogens.”


      In the following video they also pre-emptively blame Russia for spreading “propaganda” about the real purpose of the US-operated bio-labs in Ukraine.

    • Joly: Canada looking into ways to send weapons to Ukraine

      … Canada is discussing with allies how to get lethal weapons to Ukraine.

    • CBC – Canada sending anti-tank weapons systems, ammunition to Ukraine, says Trudeau

      In just weeks, Canada has shifted to a policy of sending lethal aid to Ukraine

      The federal government is preparing to send a third shipment of lethal weapons to Ukraine as its military continues to fight off better-armed Russian forces.

      Ukraine government officials and members of its parliament have been calling on Canada and its allies to deliver more weapons — including guns and anti-aircraft missiles — to keep Russian forces from gaining control of key cities.

      After denouncing Russia at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly said today that Defence Minister Anita Anand is working on sending more lethal aid.

      “My role in this is to make sure this aid gets in the arms of Ukrainian soldiers that are fighting for their life and fighting for their motherland,” said Joly. “That’s exactly why I’ve been able to get an agreement from Poland to make sure that delivery could be done through their borders.”

      Joly said she’s going to Poland on Tuesday to meet with her counterparts in Warsaw to “make sure ultimately the delivery is well done.”

      […]Two weeks ago, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau agreed to send Ukraine $7.8 million worth of lethal equipment, including handguns, machine guns, carbines and ammunition.


      ctv- Canada sending anti-tank weapons, ammunition for Ukraine to use against Russia

      OTTAWA — Canada will be supplying Ukraine with anti-tank weapons systems and upgraded ammunition to be used in response to Russia’s ongoing invasion, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Monday.

      This is in addition to previous shipments of lethal and non-lethal equipment, and comes alongside other countries delivering key support and equipment, Trudeau said during a press conference discussing Canada’s latest response efforts.

      “Over the weekend, President Putin continued his brutal assault on Ukraine, but Ukrainians have held strong. The whole world is inspired by the strength and intensity of their resistance, and Canada will continue to deliver support for Ukraine’s heroic defence against the Russian military,” Trudeau said.

      Accompanied by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland, Minister of National Defence Anita Anand, and Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Sean Fraser, Trudeau highlighted the series of recent sanctions and other measures Canada has taken.

      […]On Monday, Trudeau said the government will also be asking the CRTC to review state-owned broadcaster Russia Today’s presence on Canadian airwaves, while some major players have proactively begun to remove RT

      Canada: Protesters gather outside Russian embassy against Russian incursion into Ukraine

    • the conservative house tree – As The World Debanks the Country of Russia, There’s Some Individual Lessons to be Learned

      A recent image attributed to the Moscow subway system presents some consideration for a potentially larger problem.

      Increasingly people everywhere have stopped using cash to pay for simple purchases. The electronic payment systems shifted to credit cards and debit cards, and then eventually as technology merged with phone platforms, the linking of your portable transponder to your financial institution in order to make purchases became an efficient way to make transactions.

      However, as government’s start using definitions of who is good and who is bad to create sanctions against the bad actors; and with Russia representing the most expansive modern targeting of the global financial system; the control of monetary transactions enters the sphere of integrated payment systems like VISA, Mastercard, Apple Pay, Google Pay and others. With Russia being essentially “de-banked” on the world stage, this happens:

      There’s an irony of this surfacing now, so soon after the Canadian government began targeting their political opposition for de-banking.

      Essentially, what is happening in Russia, on an entire citizen scale, is the same issue that happened in Canada to the individuals targeted.

      The financial mechanisms in this integrated system of payment are now creating havoc for the individual.

      The SWIFT transfer system sanction(s) against the Russian government, end up debanking everyone in the country. These are remarkable times, and this is an example of something that needs to be factored in to how you can retain individual liberty and freedom.

      First, they came for the Canadian Truckers……

      Then they expanded to all Russian citizens….

      Two questions:

      (1) Who’s next? and… (2) Who’s “they”?

    • city news – Canada not sending soldiers, but sending anti-tank weapons to Ukraine

      Canada is pulling 100 Carl-Gustaf anti-tank weapons from its own CAF inventory, to donate to Ukraine’s fight against Russia.

      But the PM repeated that he doesn’t believe Canadian soldiers will become directly involved in the war.

    • BULGARIA – Documents expose US biological experiments on allied soldiers in Ukraine and Georgia

      By Dilyana Gaytandzhieva -January 24, 2022

      + PICS + LINKS

      While the US is planning to increase its military presence in Eastern Europe to “protect its allies against Russia”, internal documents show what American “protection” in practical terms means.

      The Pentagon has conducted biological experiments with a potentially lethal outcome on 4,400 soldiers in Ukraine and 1,000 soldiers in Georgia. According to leaked documents, all volunteer deaths should be reported within 24 h (in Ukraine) and 48 h (in Georgia).

      Both countries are considered the most loyal US partners in the region with a number of Pentagon programs being implemented in their territory. One of them is the $2.5 billion Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) Biological engagement program which includes research on bio agents, deadly viruses and antibiotic-resistant bacteria being studied on the local population.

      Project GG-21: “All volunteer deaths will be promptly reported”

      The Pentagon has launched a 5-year long project with a possible extension of up to 3 years code-named GG-21: “Arthropod-borne and zoonotic infections among military personnel in Georgia”. According to the project’s description, blood samples will be obtained from 1,000 military recruits at the time of their military registration physical exam at the Georgian military hospital located in Gori.

      The samples will be tested for antibodies against fourteen pathogens:

      Bacillus anthracis
      CCHF virus
      Coxiella burnetii
      Francisella tularensis
      Rickettsia species
      TBE virus
      Bartonella species
      Borrelia species
      Ehlrichia species
      Leptospira species
      Salmonella typhi
      The amount of blood draw will be 10 ml. Samples will be stored indefinitely at the NCDC (Lugar Center) or USAMRU-G and aliquots might be sent to WRAIR headquarters in US for future research studies. Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) is the largest biomedical research facility administered by the U.S. Department of Defense. The results of the blood testing will not be provided to the study participants.

      Such a procedure cannot cause death. However, according to the project report, “all volunteer deaths will be promptly reported (usually within 48 h of the PI being notified)” to the Georgian Military Hospital and WRAIR.

      The soldiers’ blood samples will be stored and further tested at the Lugar Center, a $180 million Pentagon-funded facility in Georgia’s capital Tbilisi.

      The Lugar Center has become notorious in the last years for controversial activities, laboratory incidents and scandals surrounding the US drug giant Gilead’s Hepatitis C program in Georgia which has resulted in at least 248 deaths of patients. The cause of death in the majority of cases has been listed as unknown, internal documents have shown.

      The Georgian project GG-21 has been funded by DTRA and implemented by American military scientists from a special US Army unit code-named USAMRU-G who operate in the Lugar Center. They have been given diplomatic immunity in Georgia to research bacteria, viruses and toxins without being diplomats. This unit is subordinate to the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR).

      Documents obtained from the US Federal contracts registry show that USAMRU-G is expanding its activities to other US allies in the region and is “establishing expeditionary capabilities” in Georgia, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Romania, Poland, Latvia and any future locations. The next USAMRU-G project involving biological tests on soldiers is due to start in March of this year at the Bulgarian Military Hospital in Sofia.

      Project UP-8: All deaths of study participants should be reported within 24 h

      The Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) has funded a similar project involving soldiers in Ukraine code-named UP-8: The spread of Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF) virus and hantaviruses in Ukraine and the potential need for differential diagnosis in patients with suspected leptospirosis. The project started in 2017 and was extended few times until 2020, internal documents show.

      According to the project’s description, blood samples will be collected from 4,400 healthy soldiers in Lviv, Kharkov, Odesa and Kyiv. 4,000 of these samples will be tested for antibodies against hantaviruses, and 400 of them – for the presence of antibodies against Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF) virus. The results of the blood testing will not be provided to the study participants.

      There is no information as to what other procedures will be performed except that “serious incidents, including deaths should be reported within 24 hours. All deaths of study subjects that are suspected or known to be related to the research procedures should be brought to the attention of the bioethics committees in the USA and Ukraine.”

      Blood samples from 4,000 Ukrainian soldiers will be tested for hantaviruses. Another 400 blood samples will be tested for CCHF under the DTRA-sponsored Ukrainian Project UP-8.

      Project UP-8: “Serious incidents, including deaths should be reported within 24 hours. All deaths of study subjects that are suspected or known to be related to the research procedures should be brought to the attention of the bioethics committees in the USA and Ukraine.” Source:

      DTRA has allocated $80 million for biological research in Ukraine as of 30 July 2020, according to information obtained from the US Federal contracts registry. Tasked with the program is the US company Black &Veatch Special Projects Corp.

      Another DTRA contractor operating in Ukraine is CH2M Hill. The American company has been awarded a $22.8 million contract (2020-2023) for the reconstruction and equipment of two biolaboratories: the State Scientific Research Institute of Laboratory Diagnostics and Veterinary-Sanitary Expertise (Kyiv ILD) and the State Service of Ukraine for Food Safety and Consumer Protection Regional Diagnostic Laboratory (Odesa RDL).

      US personnel are indemnified for deaths and injuries to the local population

      The DTRA activities in Georgia and Ukraine fall under the protection of special bilateral agreements. According to these agreements, Georgia and Ukraine shall hold harmless, bring no legal proceedings and indemnify the United States and its personnel, contractors and contractors’ personnel, for damage to property, or death or injury to any persons in Georgia and Ukraine, arising out of activities under this Agreement. If DTRA-sponsored scientists cause deaths or injuries to the local population they cannot be held to account.

      Furthermore, according to the US-Ukraine Agreement, claims by third parties for deaths and injuries in Ukraine, arising out of the acts or omissions of any employees of the United States related to work under this Agreement, shall be the responsibility of Ukraine.

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      USA TODAY – Fact check: False claim of US biolabs in Ukraine tied to Russian disinformation campaign

      The claim: There are biolabs in Ukraine funded by the US government

      In the early hours Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin launched a full-scale military assault on Ukraine, inciting a wave of international backlash and sanctions against Russia.

      “Putin is the aggressor. Putin chose this war. And now he and his country will bear the consequences,” President Joe Biden said.

      Some on social media claimed the United States may have more at stake than it lets on.

      A post shared to Facebook on Thursday shows a map of Ukraine pinpointing what the poster asserts are “exclusive U.S. biolabs in Ukraine” that are funded by the U.S. Department of Defense.

      “By now I think most everybody knows about Ukraine/WW3,” reads the post, which amassed more than 400 interactions in a day. “So what do we know about this??”

      Similar posts claimed Russia destroyed seven of the 11 supposed labs in missile strikes. The claims are wrong, independent fact-checking outlets reported.

      The posts misrepresent a treaty between the United States and Ukraine aimed at preventing biological threats. The labs are owned and funded by the Ukrainian government, according to the Security Service of Ukraine, the country’s main security agency.

      That agency and the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine have said the claim of U.S. labs is false. Numerous reports indicate it is tied to a years-long Russian disinformation campaign aimed at discrediting the United States.

      USA TODAY was unable to reach the Facebook users who shared the claim for comment.

      Labs run by Ukrainian government

      The Ukrainian and U.S. governments partnered in August 2005 to “prevent the proliferation of dangerous pathogens and related expertise and to minimize potential biological threats,” according to the treaty.

      Interfax-Ukraine reported in May 2020 that part of the agreement was aimed at “modernizing” state laboratories in the Odesa, Kharkiv, Lviv, Kyiv, Vinnytsia, Kherson and Dnipropetrovsk regions. Those efforts included making repairs, updating equipment and purchasing supplies.

      The Security Service of Ukraine said the laboratories, “financed from the state budget, are subordinate to the Ministry of Health and the state service on food safety and consumer protection,” according to Interfax-Ukraine.

      The U.S. Embassy in Ukraine sought to “set the record straight” on the biolabs claim in a statement in April 2020, calling the theories “disinformation spreading in some circles in Ukraine that mirrors Russian disinformation regarding the strong U.S.-Ukrainian partnership to reduce biological threats.”

      Coda, a nonprofit media company, reported in 2018 that the claim is part of a broader disinformation campaign by the Kremlin to discredit the United States in the eyes of Russia’s pro-Western neighbors, Ukraine and Georgia.

      When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Russia teamed up with China to further amplify the false claim of U.S. labs in Ukraine. The goal was to call into question whether the coronavirus originated in one of the supposed “U.S.-controlled” labs, according to a report in April 2021 from the Daily Beast.

      The Security Service of Ukraine said the claim is false in a Facebook post in May 2020, according to Interfax-Ukraine.

      “Recently, ‘fake news’ about the alleged activities of American military biological laboratories in Ukraine has been spread in the media and social networks,” the agency said. “No foreign biological laboratories operate in Ukraine. Statements recently made by individual politicians are not true and are a deliberate distortion of the facts.”

      USA TODAY was unable to reach the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine or the Department of Defense for comment.

      Our rating: False

      Based on our research, we rate FALSE the claim that there are U.S. biolabs in Ukraine funded by the U.S. government. The posts misrepresent a treaty between the United States and Ukraine aimed at preventing biological threats.

      The labs are owned and funded by the Ukrainian government.The Security Service of Ukraine and the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine have said the claim is false. Reports indicate the claim is tied to a years-long Russian disinformation campaign aimed at discrediting the United States.

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