DISINFO: Moscow must interfere because Kyiv gasses people in camps
  • Outlet: Россия 1 [from 00:46:17 to 00:46:39] (archived)*
  • Date of publication: February 18, 2022
  • Reported in: Issue 272
  • Countries / regions discussed: Ukraine, Russia
Donbas War in Ukraine Genocide

DISINFO: Moscow must interfere because Kyiv gasses people in camps


Russia cannot help stopping the war in Ukraine. It cannot wait until Kyiv starts gassing people in concentration camps. It is already going on and it will get worse. Russia cannot put up with it.


This is a recurring disinformation narrative accusing the Ukrainian Armed Forces of killing civilians during the war in Donbas.

In reality, there are no concentration camps in Ukraine. Such words and other similar Russian statements, including ones accusing Ukraine of genocide, are only used as a pretext for launching an invasion of Ukraine. At the same time, Russia denies any responsibility for the situation. Since late October 2021, Russia has conducted a military-build up along the Ukrainian border, including the deployment of as much as 190,000 troops, as well as of certain specialised military units, electronic warfare systems and heavy-armoured vehicles.

The European Union has stated in December 2021 that it will be standing firmly and decisively with Ukraine in front of any attempt to undermine its territorial integrity and sovereignty and has warned of severe political consequences with high political and economic costs for Russia if it proceeds with further aggressive actions. This was reaffirmed in January 2022 by High Representative Josep Borrell noting “there is no security in Europe without the security of Ukraine.”

Read our recent articles on 7 myths of pro-Kremlin disinformation about the Russian military buildup near Ukraine, and Kremlin fabricated pretexts for further invasion to Ukraine. Read also more disinformation cases claiming that Ukraine is planning provocations in Donbas.


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