Disinfo: NATO will be using Ukrainians in military conflicts around the world

Summary

Ukrainians are trained to replace the representatives of the “more civilised” Western countries in hot spots around the world, as members of the “multinational military units”, and even in private military companies.

NATO plans clearly demonstrate their interest in engaging Ukrainian troops in conflicts in the interests of the United States and NATO around the world.

Disproof

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative challenging Ukrainian statehood and its relations with NATO.

The claim first appeared on the TV channel Zvezda which is financed by the Russian Army. The claim was made by a representative of the so-called "LNR". The source claimed that there are documents that prove his statements, however, no such documents were presented.

At the moment Ukraine contributes to eight peacekeeping operations under the auspices of the United Nations and NATO. The law states that the Ukrainian military units may take part in international military operations in other countries only with the approval of the Parliament of Ukraine. The law on the procedure of sending units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine to other countries states that the Ukrainian military may be taking part in operations abroad only on the basis of a ratified international treaty and a decree issued by the President and approved by the Parliament.

Ukraine is one of the strategic partners of NATO. The Alliance respects Ukrainian sovereignty and independence and works closely with the Ukrainian authorities in particular in the framework of NATO-Ukraine commission, Joint working group on defence reform, and other ongoing programs. In late October 2019, the meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission was held in Kyiv. The parties discussed the security situation in and around Ukraine, the reform process within the country, as well as progress in the NATO-Ukraine partnership. NATO Secretary-General underlined NATO's continuing support to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognised borders.

See previous disinformation narratives alleging that Ukraine has become a vassal of Germany, Neo-Banderas Ukraine is under the US and NATO control and that Ukraine is under US control.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 181
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 19/01/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Conspiracy theory, Ukraine, NATO, Ukrainian statehood
  • Outlet: REN TV, Politonline, Zvezda
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Poland uses the lie about WWII to weaken Russia’s position on the international stage

Poland attempts to slander Russia regarding the result of the Second World War, the causes of the Second World War, and uses this lie to weaken Russia’s position on the international stage.

 

 

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about Poland and the WW2. 

Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs recently released a statement reacting to false narratives presented by the Russian Federation about the causes and and course of the WW2. So did the Polish Parliament.

Soviet troops were not able to support the Warsaw Uprising

The Warsaw uprising of 1944 was planned without prior notice to, or coordination with, the Soviet Government. In the end, the rebels surrendered and the Germans destroyed the city. The Russian version, which continues the Soviet one, does not deny that Moscow was not enthusiastic about the course of the London Poles and did not really want to put its soldiers at risk for the sake of the London cause. Nevertheless, there was no chance to continue the operation. If one looks at the map and analyses the configuration of the front and forces, then the question arises: was it possible at that moment to conduct a successful offensive operation, or was it necessary to temporarily switch to defence?

Disproof

A common Soviet and Russian disinformation narrative trying to prove that Soviet troops could not have supported the Warsaw Uprising due to numerous objective reasons (such as the lack of necessary forces, overstretched supply lines, lack of communication with the Polish Home Army and the Polish Government in London, etc.). This message should be perceived as a part of the Kremlin’s policy of historical revisionism.

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Trump wants “to clear out” US Democratic Party supporters in the Ukrainian government

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Disproof

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin conspiracy about Ukraine, which is often claimed to be under external control from the US or the EU.

Ukraine is a sovereign state, not controlled by any foreign government. Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity are respected by most of the free world, including the EU.