Disinfo: Americans incited Ukrainians to destroy the Crimean bridge

Summary

Americans themselves incited Ukrainians to destroy the Crimean bridge and even took part in training them.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory with no evidence provided. A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about Ukraine's statehood, the impact of the West on Ukraine and Ukraine allegedly supporting terrorism. It is also part of the Kremlin's disinformation against regarding the Azov Sea. The construction of the Crimean Bridge took place without Ukraine's consent and constitutes a violation of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity. It has led, in parallel with the militarisation of the Azov Sea, to tougher controls on naval traffic in the Kerch Strait. Read similar cases: "Ukraine and UK conspired to destroy the Crimean bridge using a NATO portable nuclear device", "The US backed the coup in Ukraine in 2014", "What is happening in Ukraine is a Western project", "Ukraine is preparing an attack on nuclear facilities in Russia".

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  • Reported in: Issue 199
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 15/05/2020
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: US, Ukraine, Russia
  • Keywords: illegal annexation, Ukrainian statehood, Crimea
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The Soviet Union saw no possibility to refuse signing the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact

WWII began in September 1939 when Germany assaulted Poland.

The Soviet Union saw no escape from signing this agreement (the “Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact”) to defer from being a target of Nazi Germany’s aggression, as soon as two major European countries – Britain and France – refused to form an alliance with the USSR to stop Nazi Germany’s attacks on European countries.

Disproof

A recurring disinformation narrative revising the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, and distorting the events of the Second World War.

This message is part of the Kremlin’s policy of historical revisionism and an attempt to portray Russia's role in World War II as non-aggressive. The European Parliament resolution stressed the fact that WWII was an immediate result of the mentioned pact.

UK pushed Hitler to invade Eastern Europe

Britain was the brains that urged (Nazi) Germany to move toward the East. The British were flirting with Adolf Hitler, the leader of Nazi Germany, from the day he came to power in 1933 until 1939.

Disproof

A recurring disinformation narrative distorting the events of the Second World War, and part of the Kremlin’s policy of historical revisionism.

This narrative points out to the 1938 Munich Agreement when British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain agreed to Hitler's annexation of the Sudetenland, portions of Czechoslovakia with ethnic-German majorities (Czechoslovakia itself was excluded from the negotiations). Chamberlain was aiming back then to avert another massive European war, but as it turned out, later on, it only delayed the conflict while making Hitler more powerful when the war finally came.

The West accuses Russia of spreading disinformation without evidence

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said that Russia and China are spreading disinformation to increase influence among NATO countries and the European Union and to destabilise these countries in the context of the coronavirus pandemic. At the same time, Stoltenberg did not cite specific examples of disinformation from Russia and China. According to him, Russia has turned the mission into a propaganda operation. However, not only the Western Media is engaged in speculation on the topic of coronavirus. Often the US officials also practice unproven accusations and dissemination of misinformation, covering up their failure to fight the infection.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative denying that any Russian media have been involved in spreading disinformation about the coronavirus and aiming to portray any outside criticism of Russia as a symptom of "Russophobia". The European External Action Service has issued special reports listing and detailing disinformation narratives related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The number of individual cases is approaching 500 (as of 18 May 2020), and each debunk can be accessed through the EUvsDisinfo database. The pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign on the coronavirus has been well documented by both media and governments, and some of their elements were widely reported by Russian and international publications. The coronavirus is a daily topic in pro-Kremlin media, including in state-owned outlets. These messages are characteristic of the pro-Kremlin media’s well-established strategy of using disinformation to amplify divisions, sow distrust and chaos, and exacerbate crisis situations and issues of public concern. Read similar cases: EU cites zero facts about Russia’s alleged disinformation on coronavirus and Europe is blaming others for its problems with claims about alleged coronavirus “Russian disinformation”. See here for further debunking by POLYGRAPH.info.