Fake: Plague Epidemic amongst Ukrainian Soldiers

The self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic is disseminating a fake story claiming that the plague has broken out among Ukraine’s military in the southeastern port city of Mariupol. During his recent briefing, DNR representative Eduard Basurin announced that Mariupol hospitals are filled to capacity with soldiers suffering from tularemia, a “light form of the plague”. The infection is quickly becoming an epidemic and several marines have already died, Basurin claimed. Website screenshot Ren.tv This compelling fake was given pride of place by the usual Russian propaganda suspects, REN TV, Komsomolskaya Pravda, Life.ru, the Defense Ministry television channel Zvezda, RusNext, Channel 5 and others. Tularemia is most certainly not a light form of the plague, as Mr. Basurin claims, rather it is both an animal and human disease, common among deer and rabbits and characterized by high fever and dehydration. Humans can become infected mainly through tick and deer fly bites. The plague has

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