Disinfo: Poland uses the lie about WWII to weaken Russia’s position on the international stage

Summary

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.

Pro-Kremlin media has repeatedly used disinformation for historical revisionism regarding the WW2.

See previous disinformation cases alleging Polish authorities use falsification of history as a tool for political fight with Russia and that Poland was the organiser of WWII and its main culprit.

The resolution of the Sejm of the Republic of Poland reminds how World War II was started by two totalitarian powers of the time; on 23 August 1939 in Moscow the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact was signed by Nazi Germany led by Hitler and the Stalinist Soviet Union. Poland and other Central and Eastern European States then became the first victims of the two totalitarian regimes. “The war brought death upon tens of millions of people, Nazi concentration camps in Europe, and the Holocaust – one of the worst crimes in the history of human kind,” says the resolution.

 

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 180
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 17/01/2020
  • Language/target audience: German
  • Country: Russia, Poland
  • Keywords: Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, Historical revisionism, WWII
  • Outlet: Sputnik Deutschland
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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.

According to historian Norman Davies, there is a consensus among the majority of Polish and Western historians that it was a political decision of Stalin not to support the Uprising in order to let German troops destroy the forces of the Home Army (which tried to re-establish the independent Polish state). During the Uprising, Soviet Troops were situated in very close proximity to Warsaw, but they did not receive orders to assist. Moreover, the Soviet authorities hampered the flights of the British Royal Air Force supporting the Uprising (by not allowing Allied planes to land on the Soviet-controlled territory).

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

Why would they remove him [the Prime Minister of Ukraine Oleksiy Honcharuk]? It is the USA, the Republicans of [Donald] Trump. He wants to clear out all the [US] Democratic Party supporters in Ukraine because they are against him. The US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie [Yovanovitch] found out that. These people must be removed.

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.

The warm winter is a result of a climate weapon attack from the USA

The anomalously warm winter weather in the Russian Federation cannot be a simple coincident. The US posses powerful spearhead technologies and has been experimenting with climate weapons since the Vietnam war.

Disproof

An unfounded conspiracy theory. The claim that the United States are developing and exploiting climate weapons is a central part of a conspiracy lore, cultivated by certain circles in Russia.

The pro-Kremlin media has also accused activists like Greta Thunberg being a propaganda tool that's used to stop Russias economic development. There has also been claims that the Americans aim to "take under control the existing climate chaos, and on the planet’s gravitational field".