FACT SHEET: Russian Disinformation on U.S.-Supported Labs in Ukraine A Brief Overview & Links to Resources

Russia has increased its disinformation which falsely claims that Ukraine may have biological and chemical weapons. This effort from the Russian government, along with support from the Chinese government, is intended to erode trust in the United States and sow doubt in the international community, and may be part of plans for Russian biological or chemical weapons attacks in Ukraine via a false-flag operation.

Ukraine’s long-term cooperation with the United States to enhance biological research facilities is a key element of this disinformation. The United States cooperates with labs and health centers in more than 30 countries through the Biological Threat Reduction Program. This defense program is crucial for reducing threats from natural or accidental outbreaks and the potential use of biological weapons.

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