Obama was close to succeeding where Hitler failed: tearing Ukraine apart from Russia

Summary

The Ukrainian coup d’etat cost the US nothing or nearly nothing. After the coup, Ukraine came under the direct governance of US vice-president Joe Biden. When the previous US presidential administration was tearing Ukraine from the Russian sphere of interest, it must have felt a surge of adrenaline and endorphin. Obama thought he nearly tore Ukraine from Russia and interrupted brotherly ties between Ukrainians and Russia, something that no one did in the past, neither Charles XII of Sweden, nor German Emperor Wilhelm II, nor Adolf Hitler. Good relations between Ukraine and Russia were the obstacle for the US to get fertile Ukrainian soil under control.

Disproof

This is a conspiracy which is consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin narratives about US-controlled Ukraine and US-organized 2014 coup d'état, Western anti-Russian activities and attempts to disrupt Ukraine-Russia relations. By drawing groundless parallels between Barack Obama and Hitler this publication also brings up West / Nazi narrative.

Ukraine is a sovereign and independent state with a democratically-elected president and parliament. There was no US-organized coup d’état in Ukraine in 2014. The spontaneous onset of the Euromaidan protests was a reaction by numerous segments of the Ukrainian population against former President Yanukovych's sudden decision to withdraw from the Association Agreement with the European Union in November 2013. See the full debunk here.

See earlier disinformation cases alleging that Ukraine is an anti-Russian state under Western control, that the coup in Ukraine was part of West's war against the Eurasian Economic Union, and that rebellion in Crimea and Donbas against Nazis ruined NATO plans for a military base in Crimea.

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  • Reported in: Issue 166
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 24/09/2019
  • Language/target audience: Belarus
  • Country: Russia, US, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Adolf Hitler, Joe Biden, Colour revolutions, Conspiracy, Barack Obama, Ukrainian statehood
  • Outlet: Teleskop
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European Parliament falsifies history about Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact being the cause of WWII

The European Parliament falsifies history by declaring the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact to be the cause of WWII.

Parliamentarians accuse Russia of falsifying history. In doing so, the EU ignores its own guilt.

By concealing the unpleasant aspects of history and interpreting a retouched version of events at its own discretion, the European Parliament is finally losing all sense of reality. However, the reality is that Nazi criminals are being rehabilitated in some European countries, that Waffen-SS veterans and their supporters are moving en masse and that neo-Nazi organisations are feeling at home. This is now the real danger to the fundamental principles of democracy and human rights.

Russia also strongly rejects the falsification of history. History must be written by responsible experts – not by politicians who misuse it for their own ends.

Disproof

This message is part of the Kremlin’s policy of historical revisionism and an attempt to erode the disastrous historical role of the Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact by stating that other European countries signed various international agreements with Germany after 1934. See other examples referring to the Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact here, here and here.

On 18 September, the European Parliament adopted a resolution, describing the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact of 23 August 1939 as a key element, causing World War II:

The US benefits from the attack on the Saudi oil facility

Regardless who was behind the recent attack on the Saudi oil infrastructure, the key question is “who would benefit from this new round of escalation?”

Relatively high oil prices would contribute to the economic policy pursued by the Trump administration. At the same time, the industry of large oil consumers, like China and Germany, would bear additional costs because of the growth of energy prices. Therefore, the Trump administration would get additional odds in its economic war with China and protectionist policy against the EU industrial states.

This ‘controlled escalation’ would allow Washington to consolidate existing and gain additional levers of pressure on global energy prices, including the influence on Saudi Arabia, and, therefore, manipulate the global energy market in own interests. A similar motivation stands behind the US geopolitical activity towards Venezuela.

Disproof

No evidence is provided to support the claim. A claim, consistent with pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the US supporting terrorism. 

You can see other examples of this narrative hereherehere and here.

The Polish Legions of Pilsudski organized the Volyn Tragedy

Pilsudski is a historical figure, who established the first Polish Legions, which fought on the side of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. These Legions organized the Volyn Tragedy.

Disproof

This message is a part of the Kremlin’s policy of historical revisionism - this historical manipulation is an effort to falsify Polish history in general. The Volyn Tragedy is a difficult mark in Polish-Ukrainian relations, and as such it is exploited by pro-Kremlin outlets, in an attempt to deepen the divisions.

In the historical aspect, the statement that the “Polish Legions organized the Volyn Tragedy” is entirely ignorant. First of all, the Polish Legions existed throughout WWI (1914-1917/1918), while the Volyn Tragedy took place during WWII (1943-1944). The Polish Legions were established by Józef Piłsudski in August 1914 on the territory of Galicia - they became a formation of the Austro-Hungarian Army. Throughout 1917, the Austrian authorities disbanded the Legions as they refused to get subordinated to the German Army. After the proclamation of restoration of Poland's sovereignty (November 11, 1918), the soldiers and officers of the Polish Legions formed the core of the Polish Army.