Disinfo: Kyiv prepares militants to fight against Armenia


Now they [Kyiv] are carefully working and forming a group to send militants from Ukraine to Azerbaijan. This work is underway. Let’s see if it will be just talks or not. We saw that our jingoistic patriots were ready to fight with Russia, not directly, but by participating in some local conflicts.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the recent escalation of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and Ukraine.

There is no evidence that Ukraine prepares militants to take part in the current military escalation in the Nagorno-Karabakh region.

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy denied the possibility of Ukraine providing military assistance to Azerbaijan or Armenia. Ukraine calls on the two countries to engage in dialogue and to de-escalate the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh. The Ukrainian Ministry for Foreign Affairs has a similar position on events in the Nagorno-Karabakh region.


  • Reported in: Issue 215
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 08/10/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Nagorno-Karabakh, Anti-Russian, Warmongering


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The Dutch justice system is comparable with the Inquisition

The trial in the case of MH17 resembles the Inquisition, which is trying to make Russia guilty of the crash of the Malaysian airliner, without any evidence.

The fact that Holland is conducting the investigation is not in Russia’s favour. The Dutch justice system is comparable with the Inquisition, which prevents the suspect from proving his innocence. These methods were practised in Middle Ages, but apparently still exist in the Netherlands.


One of the multiple pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives on the downing of Flight MH17, denying Russia's responsibility.

The article claims that the trial in the case of MH17 resembles the 'Inquisition'; trying to make Russia guilty, without any evidence. The website claims this is a translation of an article by "Courthouse News". However, the article on Courthouse News does not claim this; it only compares the Dutch criminal law system with the criminal law system of the US:

Russia never interferes in other countries’ affairs

Moscow never interferes in the affairs of its neighbours and other countries and supports existing governments in their efforts to restore stability.


Russia has a long record of violating other states' sovereignty and territorial integrity. Since 1991, Russia was involved in several international conflicts, including intervention in neighbouring states, such as Georgia in 2008 and Ukraine in 2014. Many international organisations condemned Russian occupation of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, see e.g. the European Parliament's declaration.

It was also Russia that interfered in Ukraine. In 2014 Russia annexed a part of Ukrainian territory - the Crimean peninsula. The so-called referendum on the peninsula was organised in a matter of weeks by a self-proclaimed Crimean leadership lacking democratic legitimacy and installed by armed Russian military personnel following the seizure of public buildings. No international body recognises the so-called referendum, announced on the 27th of February 2014, and held on 16th of March 2014. Read the EU statement on the fifth anniversary of the illegal annexation of Crimea here.