Disinfo: Britain is deciding to be involved in preparation for war with Russia in Ukraine

Summary

There is a British-backed war in Ukraine. By sending war-ships Britain is deciding to be involved in perhaps preparation for war with Russia in Ukraine.

Disproof

The disinformation message was framed as a leading question at the the beginning of the interview: "why do you think Britain is deciding to be involved in perhaps preparation for war with Russia [...]"? .

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about war in Ukraine and Western aggression. 

Britain is not preparing for war with Russia but demonstrating support for Ukraine’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity.

On November 21st, 2018, the Defence Secretary of the UK announced that HMS Echo would deploy to the Black Sea in 2019 to demonstrate the UK’s support to ensuring freedom of navigation in the region.

 

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue129
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 05/12/2018
  • Language/target audience: English
  • Country: UK, Ukraine
  • Keywords: War in Ukraine

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Disproof

No evidence given of any preparations by Ukraine to unleash a war on Russia. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about the war in Ukraine.

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(…) US-NATO backed putsch that seized power in Ukraine in 2013 – setting off Ukrainian-Russian tensions in the first place.
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Disproof

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Disproof

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