Russian media spreading fake about Ukraine selling one million liters of donated blood abroad

Russian media spreading fake about Ukraine selling one million liters of donated blood abroad

Russian propaganda continues to promote a fake narrative about illegal medical exports in Ukraine

Russian propaganda media outlets are spreading information that the Ukrainian government is allegedly profiting from the export of donated blood. They cite the so-called “human rights activist” Mira Terada, who claims that with the help of the USAID Foundation, Ukraine exported more than one million liters of blood abroad, which was allegedly collected under the pretext of helping wounded Ukrainian soldiers.

This is a fake. Apart from Mira Terada's statements, there is no evidence that Ukraine has sent blood donations abroad.

Moreover, Mira Terada herself, whose real name is Oksana Vovk, is a Russian propagandist. She was convicted of aiding her husband, drug trafficker Aleth Terada, in money laundering and served a 2.5-year sentence in an American prison.

She heads the so-called "Anti-Repression Foundation", established by Yevgeny Prigozhin, a former leader of the Wagner PMC and an international terrorist.

The website of this “foundation”, where the “investigation” about the export of donor blood was first published, has a history of spreading fake information about Ukraine, the United States, and the European Union.

In Ukraine, the export of donated blood is prohibited by law. Only medicinal products manufactured from donated blood are allowed to be sold abroad. During times of war, additional restrictions are imposed. For instance, the manufacturer must keep at least 50% of these drugs in storage in case of a sharp shortage.

In addition, according to the DonorUA organization, Ukrainians donated about 7,000 liters of blood in 2023, so it would be simply impossible to export "more than a million liters."

Russian propaganda has previously spread fake reports about the so-called “black transplantation” in Ukraine. Ukrinform has refuted fakes about the sale of organs from patients of Hospital No.6 in Kharkiv and “biomaterials” from fallen soldiers in Odesa.

Earlier, Russian propaganda spread a fake about the "needs" of Ukrainian veterans.

Andriy Olenin

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