Disinfo: Kyiv prepares chemical attacks to blame the Russian army

Summary

Kyiv prepares for fabrications on Easter eve using chemical weapons in the city of Yuzhne to blame the Russian army for it

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about false flag operations and chemical weapons attacks. Such claims are a part of a broader pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign accompanying the Russian invasion of Ukraine, trying to place the blame for the war's atrocities on Ukraine.

There is no evidence to back the claim that Ukraine is preparing a chemical or biological provocation or a use of the weapons of mass distruction.

Оn the contrary, many Western leaders have real concerns’ Russia could use chemical weapons.

"Russia could use chemical weapons in Ukraine or manufacture a "false flag" operation that uses them. Russia has long and well-documented track record of using chemical weapons" as well as its pattern of "accusing the West of the very violations that Russia itself is perpetrating," White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki stated.

Allegations about “false flag” chemical attacks date back to the war in Syria, and have been debunked many times before (see here for a comprehensive list in our database in addition to our article The Least Accurate Oracle in the World. In fact, the constant use of chemical substances as a weapon by the Russia-allied Syrian regime of Bashar Al Assad, including the Douma attack, have been proven by UN investigators.

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  • Reported in: Issue 288
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 23/04/2022
  • Article language(s) Arabic,
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine, Russia
  • Keywords: Invasion of Ukraine, false flag, Odessa, Chemical weapons/attack

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