Russia-led Republics in Eastern Ukraine & the Coronavirus Cover-up

Not news to say the coronavirus has created shock waves around the world.
Equally unnecessary to reveal Russia’s now playing coronavirus catch-up, with Kremlin first having claimed everything’s fine, few virus infections and initially taking a lacklustre approach to imposing social distancing measures.

Across the border in eastern Ukraine, there are also genuine fears of a coronavirus cover-up in both the so-called Russia-led, Donetsk & Luhansk people’s republics (DPR & LPR). With medical facilities there known to be grossly underfunded, pictures of hospitals from around the world are being used to project a modern, well-equipped health service.

April 14th, in a rebuff to what they call “numerous rumours” and social media commentary about “large numbers of seriously ill patients with COVID-19” the “DPR” posted an article on their official website. This states two doctors/medical workers have contracted the coronavirus. There are three points worth noting about this article.

1: The picture of an isolation ward is from the Wuhan province in China and not Donetsk. Link to Reuters Feb 2020 article using picture.

2: The claim of two infected medical workers seems way out of kilter with their highly dubious April 17th claim of only having “36 confirmed coronavirus cases” out of a population of several million people. Especially suspicious when you consider a large percentage of the population is over sixty.

3: Backing up concerns of limited virus control measures on the border, the below April 17th article states people brought the coronavirus into the Ukrainian Russia-led region from Russia.

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April 14th “DPR” article using Chinese picture. Google Chrome translated.

new stats 123Feb 16th 2020 Reuters article.

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April 17th “DPR” article on Father and son bringing the virus into the region from Russia. Also lists “36 confirmed cases of coronavirus infections.” Google Chrome translated.

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