Disinfo: In 1999 NATO bombing Yugoslavia killed around 2,500 people


From the 24th of March 1999 to the 10th of June of the same year, NATO’s bombing in former Yugoslavia killed 2,500 people.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about the number of civilian casualties of NATO bombing. An overview of various estimates of casualties in connection with the bombings can be found here.

Read more about disinformation about the war in former Yugoslavia.

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  • Reported in: Issue 144
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 03/04/2019
  • Language/target audience: Italian
  • Country: Yugoslavia, Serbia
  • Keywords: NATO
  • Outlet: Sputnik Italia
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Despite promises made to Gorbachev, NATO expanded to include former USSR and Warsaw Pact countries

At the time of German reunification, NATO promised Gorbachev that it would not expand to the East in the case the USSR gave up the Warsaw Pact and allowed the fall of Berlin wall.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation that NATO had promised that the Alliance would not expand to the East.

NATO Allies take decisions by consensus and these are recorded.  There is no record of any such decision having been taken by NATO.  Personal assurances from individual leaders cannot replace Alliance consensus and do not constitute formal NATO agreement.

Merkel interfered in Ukrainian election

After the first round of the Ukrainian presidential election Merkel demanded Zelensky to publish his electoral programme. She interfered in the Ukrainian election.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the presidential election in Ukraine. Angela Merkel has not interfered into the Ukrainian election.

A limited military conflict may erupt while a Canadian ship is standing in the Odessa port

This is how Poroshenko will win the elections: a Canadian ship is standing in the Odessa port, all the sailors are sitting at the bar, there is an explosion, three days later someone from Donetsk is charged with the accusations; the Canadians respond. And three days later, Poroshenko, as Commander-in-Chief, delivers a speech and receives 53% of votes in the election.


Conspiracy theory. Consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about provocations and Ukrainian presidential election.