FALSE: Ukraine’s special services plant mines in schools, says Ostap Stakhiv
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FALSE: Ukraine’s special services plant mines in schools, says Ostap Stakhiv

28 April 2022
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In his video of January 27, 2022, Ostap Stakhiv comments on the demining of schools and bill No.4142.

Speaking about the laying of mines in schools in January and February 2022, Stakhiv said:

  • Special services and law enforcement agencies lay mines in schools to get parents used to such situations;
  • children are down with COVID-19 after the mine-laying: something is sprayed in schools.

As for bill No.4142, Ostap Stakhiv says that

  • the bill stipulates that the military will guard the streets, making it impossible to leave the streets. And electricity, communications, and gas can be cut off in some areas. Therefore, children can be taken away from their families because of such conditions;
  • According to the law on evacuation and the bill, children can be taken to sanitariums. In the sanitariums, they will be vaccinated against COVID-19 without parental consent, and illegal organ transplant surgery may be performed.

A screenshot of the post

However, all of these statements are not true.

About mines laid in Ukrainian schools and other objects

In January and February 2022, Ukraine received more than 300 reports of mines laid in Ukrainian schools, public institutions, and other infrastructure. According to the SBU, the mines were laid by Internet users from the post-soviet countries and the temporarily occupied territories of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. Citizens of Ukraine could also report mines planted in schools, motivated by hooliganism or entertainment. Russia’s special services engaged in pseudo-mining to put extra pressure on Ukraine, sow anxiety and panic in society.

So, it is about pseudo-mining, not so-called practice mining. Besides, you can only drill evacuation.

About getting COVID-19 as a result of planting mines in educational institutions

Ostap Stakhiv makes a logical mistake in his statement, saying that “children get COVID-19 after mine-laying.” Consider a similar example showing that the sequence of events does not always have a cause-and-effect relationship: children have breakfast in the summer and then go cycling. Children often fall off bicycles. Does a child’s having breakfast bring about falling off the bike? Not at all! A child may fall. After all, they may not be very good at cycling and may be distracted, or someone may crash into them. The same goes for mine-laying and children contracting COVID-19. Mines can be laid in schools, but this does not exclude the fact that children come into contact with COVID-19 carriers and get sick.

Therefore, there is no reason to claim that children are down with COVID-19 because a substance was sprayed in educational institutions. It will be recalled that SARS-CoV-2 is spread through contact with airborne droplets. People can also become infected if they first touch infected surfaces and then touch their eyes, nose, or mouth.

We have previously refuted similar fake news stories about people allegedly sick with COVID-19 and chemical pneumonitis due to chemical treatment of the streets.

About Bill 4142

Ostap Stakhiv says that according to bill 4142, checkpoints will be set up on the streets to prevent people from leaving those streets. He also argues that electricity, communications, and gas could be cut off in some areas of Ukraine. Because of such conditions, children could be taken away from their families. However, bill 4142 does not propose setting up checkpoints or creating artificial conditions to take children away from their parents.

The bill’s proposals have been misinterpreted for over a year, and VoxCheck previously commented that there is no reason to believe bill 4142 imposes additional restrictions or makes it possible to deprive of the right to education and work, parental rights, property, etc.

Bill 4142 is about regulating the public health system. In particular, the bill proposes several innovations: a streamlined vaccination procedure and an expanded list of infectious diseases against which the population will be vaccinated (vaccination against pneumococcal infection has been added to the list of mandatory preventive vaccinations).

About vaccinating children against COVID-19 without parental consent

Ostap Stakhiv claims that according to the law on evacuation and bill 4142, children can be taken to sanitariums. In the sanitariums, they will be vaccinated against COVID-19 without parental consent, and illegal organ transplant surgery may be performed.

According to the Cabinet of Ministers Resolution “About approval of the Procedure for Accounting of Emergencies,” the evacuated population is accommodated in hotels, sanatoriums, boarding houses, etc. However, neither this resolution nor bill 4142 says anything about vaccinating children against COVID-19 without parental consent or illegal organ transplant surgeries after their evacuation to the sanitariums.

We have previously refuted another thesis disseminated by Ostap Stakhiv that vaccination against COVID-19 causes dependence.

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