DISINFO: NATO is creating the pretext for World War
  • Outlet: RIA (archived)* RIA (archived)*
  • Date of publication: August 29, 2022
  • Article language(s): Russian
  • Reported in: Issue 306
  • Countries / regions discussed: Ukraine, Russia, Europe
NATO War in Ukraine Invasion of Ukraine

DISINFO: NATO is creating the pretext for World War


NATO is creating the pretext for World War. The West has a plan to come into the conflict in Ukraine and is preparing to clash with Russia. It is more and more visible in the context of the crisis situation of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, which Ukraine is escalating every day with the support of the West.


A recurring disinformation narrative about the war in Ukraine claiming that Ukraine is a puppet of the Western world and planning false flag provocations on the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant.

The claims are not supported by evidence. There are many testimonials that it is Moscow using the situation with the power plant in its own interests. Russia forcefully took control of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in March 2022, it shelled the plant with tanks, risking a radiation leak. Later, it disconnected the plant from international monitoring systems that monitor radiation levels in real-time and did not allow Ukraine to control the operations of the plant, even though some of Ukraine's staff stayed at the plant. Russia also forbids any international visits to the plant.

There have also been an increasing number of reports that Russia uses the nuclear site as a so-called “sheltered” artillery park, "using the facilities to fire on Ukrainian positions in the belief that Ukraine would not fire back and risk a nuclear accident".

EU High Representative Josep Borrell condemned Russia’s military activities there and labelled them as a serious and irresponsible breach of nuclear safety rules and another example of Russia’s disregard for international norms.

US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, accused Russia of using the plant as a nuclear shield. “Of course, the Ukrainians cannot fire back lest there be a terrible accident involving the nuclear plant,” he said.

In its recent statement, the Foreign Ministers of the G7 stated that "it is Russia’s continued control of the plant that endangers the region" and demanded Russia hand back full control over the plant as well as other occupied nuclear facilities to Ukraine. In fact, it has been confirmed by multiple sources that the Russian army is conducting provocations by shelling the territory of the nuclear power plant and the surrounding area. It also uses the plant as a shield from which it launches rockets and artillery rounds against the Ukraine-controlled cities. Russia turned the station into a military base. It uses reactor buildings as hiding places for its armaments, such as military trucks and armored vehicles.

Read more about disinformation targeting Ukraine.


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