Disinfo: MH17 court admitted the eastern Ukraine conflict is internal


The court overseeing the MH17 case ruled that the crash occurred in the course of a non-international conflict in eastern Ukraine.


The claim is a blunt misrepresentation of the verdict of the court in the Hague and it advances recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives denying Russia’s responsibility for the MH17 disaster and the country’s involvement in the war in Ukraine.

Contrary to Sputnik's false claim, the 17 November 2022 verdict, issued by the Hague District Court, see the official-summary of the ruling states:

Abundant indications reveal that from mid May 2014, the DPR [Donetsk people’s republic] in fact took directions from the Russian Federation. As a result, the involvement of the Russian Federation in the conflict with Ukraine led the conflict to become an international one [emphasis added].

EU High Representative Josep Borrell welcomed the outcome of the trial and added:

Today’s verdict is an important first step on the path of truth and accountability.

The criminal investigation into the involvement of other individuals is still ongoing, just like the proceedings against the Russian state at the European Court for Human Rights and at the International Civil Aviation Organisation.

The EU reiterates its call on Russia to accept its responsibility in this tragedy and cooperate fully with the ongoing investigations.


  • Reported in: Issue 319
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 17/11/2022
  • Article language(s) English
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine, Russia, The Netherlands
  • Keywords: MH17, Anti-Russian, Civil war, War in Ukraine, Donbas
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Disinfo: The Baltic countries, Poland and Ukraine threaten an intervention in Belarus

The socio-political situation in Belarus is currently stable. Order and security are ensured in the country. But today there is a growing threat of external intervention from the territory of Lithuania, Latvia, Poland and Ukraine.

Opposition abroad no longer see the possibility of so-called peaceful changes and are actively developing a scenario for the forceful change of the constitutional order in Belarus. The political emigrant centres continue to develop their so-called political project - a united transitional cabinet - and ensure that it is recognised and funded by the West as a government in exile. There is only one goal: delegitimising the current government and justifying terrorist attacks and sabotage.


Аn unfounded statement to divert attention from the role of Belarus, another false pretext to justify Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Conspiracy about the Polish, Lithuanian, Latvian and Ukraine's hostile and aggressive plans towards Belarus. Recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about alleged Polish imperial ambitions.

The claim about neighbouring countries wanting to attack Belarus is ungrounded. Poland and the Baltic states adhere to international law regarding state borders and have no territorial claims upon Belarus or other neighbouring countries. No neighbouring state, except the Russian Federation, violated its neighbour's (Ukraine’s) territorial integrity.

Disinfo: US weapon and military technology providers benefit from prolonging the war in Ukraine

Being the most powerful business communities in the US, modern armament manufacturers need new zones of active conflicts throughout the world in order to meet Wall Street’s expectations of profit. The US political elite does not care about calls for diplomacy or the risk of nuclear war, because wars secure high profits for the US military-industrial complex.


This is part of a disinformation campaign that was popular from when Russia’s military buildup started on the border in February 2022. The narratives aim to deflect any Russian responsibility for the escalation of tensions with Ukraine that were directly provoked by the aggressive military actions of Russia. See the article The Kremlin’s Playbook: Fabricating Pretext to Invade Ukraine - More Myths.

Contrary to the claim, throughout the invasion of Ukraine, neither the US nor companies based there have been pushing for an escalation of the conflict. Yes, the US has stated that they will be standing firmly and decisively with Ukraine in front of any attempt to undermine its territorial integrity and sovereignty, however, escalation is the cornerstone of Putin’s strategy in his war against Ukraine, especially as Ukrainian counter-offensives have steadily rolled back Russian gains in the region.

Disinfo: Missile accident in Poland part of the US anti-Russian strategy

It is strange that the Polish anti-aircraft defence failed to prevent the recent missile incident, taking into consideration the Western mantra that the Russian Army was going to march through Ukraine to Poland and take over the rest of Europe. The missile accident in Poland part of the American anti-Russian strategy.

The American goal is to weaken Russia economically and militarily, to put it on the defensive, and to break it apart through instigating colour revolutions and internal collapse. Ukraine is the main, but not the only element of this American strategy.


This message is a part of the Kremlin’s narrative about the American attempts to destabilise and weaken Russia through various aggressive actions. The claim that the US wants to weaken Russia and cause its collapse through “Balkanisation” and colour revolutions should be perceived as one of the cornerstones of the Kremlin’s anti-Western propaganda.

This claim was made in connection with the recent missile accident in Poland. On 15 November 2022, a S-300 missile entered Polish airspace from the territory of Ukraine, killing two Polish civilians. According to US and Polish officials, the missile was fired by the Ukrainian air defence troops, which were counteracting a large-scale Russian missile attack on the same day.