Disinfo: In February 2014 a Coup d’Etat took place in Kiev

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  • Reported in: Issue 188
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 08/03/2020
  • Language/target audience: French
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Coup, Euromaidan

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The trial in The Hague on flight MH17 is based on Ukraine’s fakes

Suspicions problems, the ADS-B receiver, weird fragments of the missile that allegedly caused the tragedy, and strange death of the Ukrainian pilot Vladislav Voloshin (who was probably murdered to hide the truth) prove that the investigation was not done properly. The trial in The Hague on flight MH17 is based on Ukraine’s fakes.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative aiming to discredit the International Joint Investigation (JIT) into the downing of flight MH17.

The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) - which is comprised of the Dutch Public Prosecution Service officials and the Dutch police, along with police and criminal justice authorities from Australia, Belgium, Malaysia and Ukraine - has concluded that flight MH17 was shot down on 17 July 2014 by a missile of the 9M38 series, launched by a BUK-TELAR, from farmland in the vicinity of Pervomaiskiy. At that time, the area was controlled by pro-Russian fighters. The BUK-TELAR was brought in from the territory of the Russian Federation and subsequently, after having shot down flight MH17, was taken back to the Russian Federation. The Dutch-led Joint Investigation Team (JIT) has concluded that the BUK-TELAR used to down MH17 originates from the 53rd Anti Aircraft Missile brigade, a unit of the Russian army from Kursk in the Russian Federation.

The freedom of speech is purged from Western media outlets

Freedom of speech has long been purged from Western media outlets. Every journalist and editor was told how to do their job and those who didn’t get it were driven out of the profession. Now, central media outlets are more or less controlled and do what they’re told: push LGBT rights, global warming, Greta Thunberg, the arrival of migrants into Europe, chemical attacks in Syria, Russian interference, protests in Hong Kong, and basically whatever fits with the current political agenda.

Against the rapid deterioration of “soft power” and the collapse of liberal ideology in the West, we are starting to see a rather strict censorship being imposed to protect the propaganda machine that has been so painstakingly created.

Disproof

This is a conspiracy theory, presented without evidence, pushing a common pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative that there is a degradation of democracy and free speech in the West. Pro-Kremlin outlets frequently direct attacks against many different countries for allegedly lacking free speech and imposing censorship on media, including Germany, Finland, Denmark, the Baltics, and France, among others.

According to Reporters Without Borders, the freest countries in the world in terms of press freedom are predominantly European countries, including Norway, Finland, Sweden, Netherlands, Denmark, Switzerland, Belgium, Estonia, Portugal, Germany, etc.

The MH17 trial suffers from political amnesia

In the investigation of the MH17 case, there are a number of indisputable facts that rebut the “anti-Russian explanations” entirely. Nevertheless, the political games force the trial to disregard all other explanations of the crash, even the obvious ones. This “amnesia” is manifest, for example, in the fact that the investigators permanently “forget” that the aircraft might been have shot down by an air-to-air-missile from a Ukrainian fighter jet.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative aiming to discredit the inquiry of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) into the downing of flight MH17.

The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) - which is comprised of the Dutch Public Prosecution Service officials and the Dutch police, along with police and criminal justice authorities from Australia, Belgium, Malaysia and Ukraine - has concluded that flight MH17 was shot down on 17 July 2014 by a missile of the 9M38 series, launched by a BUK-TELAR, from farmland in the vicinity of Pervomaiskiy. At that time, the area was controlled by pro-Russian fighters. The BUK-TELAR was brought in from the territory of the Russian Federation and subsequently, after having shot down flight MH17, was taken back to the Russian Federation. The Dutch-led JIT has concluded that the BUK-TELAR used to down MH17 originates from the 53rd Anti Aircraft Missile brigade, a unit of the Russian army from Kursk in the Russian Federation.