Russia spreads fake news about mass HIV infection among Ukrainian military through NATO donated blood
Pro-Russian Telegram channels are spreading fake information with reference to an announcement at the Doctor Kharkiv hospital that an outbreak of HIV infection has allegedly been recorded in the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
This was reported by the Center for Strategic Communications and Information Security.
The Center refutes the fake news about an outbreak of HIV infection among the Ukrainian military, allegedly related to 62 thousand liters of donor blood infected with HIV, hepatitis B and C supplied by NATO in 2022.
"In fact, there is no information about such an action on the Doctor Kharkiv website, and the announcement of testing referred to by Russian liars in no way indicates the existence of an outbreak," explain VoxCheck investigators.
The Center for Strategic Communications notes that during hostilities, when it comes to a large number of injuries, wounds, and the need for surgical interventions and first aid, the risk of infection does increase. But there is no reason to talk about any sharp epidemiological increase in the incidence.
"Ukraine has established effective planned donation, as well as logistical processes that allow it to ensure and constantly renew blood supplies. The news about "contaminated" foreign blood is also untrue. In 2022, there were no supplies of 62 thousand liters of donated blood to Ukraine. This lie was invented by Kremlin propagandists," emphasizes the Center for Strategic Communications and Information Security.
Earlier, Russian propaganda spread a fake video allegedly from Kyivstar mobile operator, which claims that 400 thousand Ukrainian soldiers were "killed".