Disinfo: NATO planned to unleash WWIII with the use of nuclear weapons against Russia

Summary

Russia received information about NATO plans to deploy 4 military brigades to Ukraine, including an air detachment capable of carrying nuclear warheads. Furthermore, they would have likley provoked a conflict by the end of the year and launched full-scale military operations against Russia, using nuclear weapons.

The current American-controlled ruling elite and nationalists in Ukraine played a key role in the NATO plans to tart World War III and use of nuclear weapons against Russia.

The Russian government decided to stop this situation and restore order in Ukraine to prevent WWIII and a nuclear attack agaist Russia. Now Ukraine can no longer use nuclear weapons to destroy Russia.

Putin's planning is outsmarting Ukraine and NATO and has saved hundreds of thousands of lives in Donbas.

Disproof

This article promotes a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative accusing NATO of hostility towards Russia, an attempt to justify the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

NATO is an Alliance based on collective defense. As is declared on the official webpage of the Alliance:

"NATO's purpose is to guarantee the freedom and security of its members through political and military means".

Тhe allegations that NATO planned to deploy nuclear warheads on the territory of Ukraine are completely unfounded, and even more so the announcement of plans to start World War 3.

At the NATO Summit in June 2021, Allied Heads of State and Government declared in Communiqué (41-45) “the fundamental purpose of NATO's nuclear capability is to preserve peace, prevent coercion, and deter aggression”.

Since the end of the Cold War, the number of nuclear weapons available to NATO in Europe has been reduced by around 90 percent. The remaining weapons were headed for withdrawal had it not been for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in 2014. At the Brussels Summit in 2021, NATO Leaders recognised that the conditions for achieving further disarmament have not been realised, given Russia’s aggressive actions, military build-up in recent years and increasing non-strategic nuclear arsenal.

Оn 24 February 2022, Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine on multiple fronts, as footage, foreign correspondents, social media, local journalists and citizen witnesses have proven beyond any doubt. Russian President Vladimir Putin launched what he called a special military operation against Ukraine citing NATO’s military infrastructure approaching the Russian border as a pretext. The invasion was followed by airstrikes on military objects. Russian troops later started bombing and shelling civilian targets as well.

Russian troops are heavily shelling and bombing residential areas, schools, kindergartens, hospitals, orphanages, churches and other civilian objects. The Eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv has been the most damaged city in Ukraine. Russian troops are using cluster and vacuum bombs, which is banned by international conventions. Russian soldiers and saboteurs kill civilians.

See the EU's response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine here along with EU vs Disinfo's Guide to Deciphering Pro-Kremlin disinformation around Putin's War.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 274
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 04/03/2022
  • Article language(s) Armenian, Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: NATO, Warmongering, War preparation, Nuclear issues, WWIII, Russian superiority, War in Ukraine

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