Disinfo: NATO controls the military infrastructure of Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova

Summary

NATO controls the military infrastructure of Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova, without including these countries into the NATO block. Thus the Russian Federation is partially surrounded by NATO.

Disproof

NATO does not control military infrastructure of Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about NATO encircling Russia and NATO belligerence. NATO and Ukraine cooperate as partners: “priority is given to support for comprehensive reform in the security and defence sector, which is vital for Ukraine’s democratic development and for strengthening its ability to defend itself. Cooperation has deepened over time and is mutually beneficial with Ukraine actively contributing to NATO-led operations and missions. In response to the Russia-Ukraine conflict, NATO has reinforced its support for capability development and capacity building in Ukraine.” Read more about relations of NATO and Georgia and NATO and Moldova.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 144
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 26/03/2019
  • Outlet language(s) Polish
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Moldova, Poland, Georgia, Ukraine, Russia
  • Keywords: Transnistria, Russo-Georgian War, Crimea, NATO, Donbas
see more

Ukrainian Secret Services defector reveals the truth behind MH17: it was the Ukrainians

Vasily Prozorov, a former officer of Ukraine’s State Security Services, the SBU, revealed at a press-conference in Moscow that Ukraine is behind the MH17 tragedy.

Disproof

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on Ukraine's aggressive and provocative behaviour. See examples of disinformation cases on MH17 here. Background Many competing and contradictory stories promulgated by Russian state-controlled media on MH17. The Dutch-led Joint Investigation Team has concluded that flight MH17 was shot down on 17 July 2014 by a missile of the 9M38 series, launched by a BUK-TELAR, from farmland in the vicinity of Pervomaiskiy (or: Pervomaiskyi). At that time, the area was controlled by pro-Russian fighters. The BUK-TELAR was brought in from the territory of the Russian Federation and subsequently, after having shot down flight MH-17, was taken back to the Russian Federation. 24 May 2018, JIT stated that the BUK-TELAR that was used to down MH17 originates from the 53rd Anti Aircraft Missile brigade, a unit of the Russian army from Kursk in the Russian Federation.

UK and US specialists are training Ukrainians to perform terror attacks

Instructors from MI-6 and CIA are training Ukrainian special forces to perform terror attacks in Donbass. This was revealed at a press conference in Moscow by Vasiliy Prozorov, a former officer of the Ukrainian state security organ, the SBU. Russian parliamentarians demand US and UK investigate the claims.

Disproof

Unfounded, recurrent pro-Kremlin narrative on foreign military involved in fighting in Ukraine. Examples of cases with accusations of foreign military in Ukraine can be found here, here and here.

Ukrainian Secret Police has established a secret torture prison in Mariupol

Ukraine has set up a secret torture prison in Mariupol, called “The Library”. The inmates are referred to as “books”. At this facility, hundreds of people have been tortured, and two have been killed. This was revealed at a press conference in Moscow, when a former officer of the Ukrainian state security services, the SBU, presented photos and other evidence for the prison in Mariupol. At the photos one can see men in various ages with clear traces of violence. Russian politicians demand the UN to set up a tribunal to address Kyiv’s violations.

Disproof

Unfounded, recurrent pro-Kremlin narrative on human rights' violations in Ukraine. The photos presented as "evidence" are impossible to link to any site, perpetrator or victim. Examples of similar cases can be found here and here