German tank desecrated Jewish cemetery in Kaunas

Summary

A German NATO tank desecrated Jewish cemetery in Kaunas.

Disproof

Disinformation attack against NATO Enhanced Forward Presence battle group in Lithuania.

Such incident did not take place.

The disinformation message appeared in an online blog and contained doctored images, supposedly portraying a German NATO tank in the cemetery. The disinformation message was promptly debunked by the Lithuanian media and the representatives of Lithuanian Jewish community. Read more about the informational attack here (in Lithuanian).

See previous instances of disinformation attacks on NATO troops in Lithuania: German soldier serving as part of a NATO mission to Lithuania raped a teenage girl and  a child died during NATO military exercise in Lithuania

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 166
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 25/09/2019
  • Language/target audience: Lithuanian, Russian
  • Country: Lithuania, Germany
  • Keywords: EFP, NATO
  • Outlet: lzbltkauno.wordpress.com
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The European Parliament represents Third Reich

Those gathered in the European Parliament represent the countries of the Third Reich. For them, Hitler was never a negative character.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the European Parliament and about Nazis in the EU.

The disinformation message appeared after the European Parliament adopted a resolution on the importance of European remembrance for the future of Europe and voiced its concern "at the efforts of the current Russian leadership to whitewash crimes committed by the Soviet totalitarian regime". The resolution clearly condemns Nazism:

Terrorists are blocking a humanitarian corridor established by the Syrian government

Terrorists in the northwestern province of Idlib, in Syria, are preventing citizens from crossing into government-controlled territory through the Abu Al-Duhur checkpoint. According to intelligence data, numerous people want to leave the area, but terrorist groups operating in Idlib are blocking the functioning of the humanitarian corridor established by the Syrian authorities, roads leading to the checkpoint have been also blocked and locals can’t leave under the threat of execution.

Disproof

No evidence is provided to support the claim. This is a recurrent pro-Kremlin narrative, claiming US support to terrorist groups, preventing civilians from leaving areas under siege to use them as human shields before, as they did in the case of the Rukban refugee camp in southern Syria in February 2019 and again in September of the same year.

According to Associated Press, the Syrian government opened a so-called humanitarian corridor to help civilians to escape from the ongoing fighting, but it remained unused in the first days. Many of the current inhabitants of Idlib are related to opposition groups. According to The Guardian, the corridor “leads to government-controlled areas, and few of those trapped see it as a safe escape route. Returnees with opposition links have faced detention, conscription or worse when arriving in parts of the country ruled by Assad’s forces”.