Disinfo: A staged chemical weapon attack was shot in Idlib

Summary

Nine videos were shot imitating a chemical attack against civilians in Idlib, they will be used to hold the Syrian government responsible for the attacks. The videos were shot with the “White Helmet propaganda Islamist organisation”.

Disproof

Recurring disinformation from the past couple of week about an allegedly staged chemical attack that the West would use as a justification for attacking the Syrian government. Based on the previous statements of Russian officials, the alleged staged chemical attack should already have taken place: https://euvsdisinfo.eu/report/english-speaking-experts-arrived-to-idlib-to-perform-chemical-attack/ White Helmets is regularly targeted by Russian and pro-Kremlin disinformation-oriented sources, see the cases in our database: https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=white+helmets&disinfo_issue=&date=

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  • Reported in: Issue 118
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 13/09/2018
  • Outlet language(s) Hungarian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Syria, Russia
  • Keywords: false flag, Idlib, White Helmets, Chemical weapons/attack, Syrian War
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Disproof

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Disproof

According to the sociological research of the Razumkov Center, since 2014, after the annexation of Crimea and the beginning of the war in Donbas, the number of Ukrainian citizens who identify themselves with the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate, which is independent of Russia, has significantly exceeded the number of supporters of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church under the control of the Moscow Patriarchate, and the gap is widening. See table on page 17: Question: To which Orthodox Church do you belong (percentage of those who consider themselves Orthodox)?

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