Disinfo: Latvia and Estonia have claims for Russian territories, Poland wants to seize Ukraine and Belarus, Romania Transnistria


Poland wants to seize [the Ukrainian city of] Lviv and Ukraine as well as Belarus in general and become their patron. Meanwhile, Romania wants to seize Moldova’s [breakaway] Dniester Region. Latvia and Estonia have their own claims for Russian territories.


No evidence given. Recurring disinformation suggesting that EU Member States pose a threat to their neighbours.


  • Reported in: Issue 81
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 21/09/2017
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Latvia, Russia, Ukraine, Baltic states, Estonia, Belarus, Poland
  • Keywords: Destabilising Russia


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The West is preparing to attack Russia

The West is preparing to attack Russia. We do not know what form this attack will take.  NATO is squeezing Russia from all sides.


No evidence given. This claim ignores the facts of geography. Russia's land border is just over 20,000 kilometres long. Of that, 1,215 kilometres, or less than one-sixteenth, face current NATO members. bit.ly/2sX0IFD,

Russia is under unprecedented military pressure

Russia is under pressure, including military pressure, that is unprecedented in the last 500 years.


No objective figures would suggest that the current military pressure on Russia is on a par with or larger than e.g. during the WW2 or during the Cold War. Russia's military exercises in recent years have been far bigger than those of NATO: bit.ly/29kpLYm, . Moreover, significant NATO exercises are subject to notification or open to observers bit.ly/2dQA71d, .

A Lithuanian NATO instructor raped two girls in Donbas

A Lithuanian NATO instructor raped two girls in Donbas. Ukrainian soldiers battered the Lithuanians.


No evidence given, recurring disinformation method. The Ukrainian Defence Attaché in Lithuania informed the media that 60 Lithuanian soldiers are deployed in Ukraine. All of them are deployed in the Central and Western parts of Ukraine and none is deployed in the south-east part of Ukraine. Further debunking: www.delfi.lt/news/daily/medijos-karas-propaganda/prorusiski-separatistai-rado-nauja-taikini-pasakoja-kraupia-istorija-apie-lietuvos-karius.d?id=75820981,