Disinfo: Russia did not invade Georgian territory in 2008

Summary

It is incorrect to say that the Russian army has already invaded neighbouring countries, like what happened in Georgia in 2008.

Georgia invaded the pro-Russian separatist republic, resulting in an armed reaction from Moscow to protect Ossetian citizens, the majority of whom have Russian passports. It’s still not the same as an invasion.

Disproof

A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative trying to deny any role for Russia in the Russo-Georgian 2008 war, and presenting it instead as a conflict between South Ossetia and Georgia.

For the 10 years anniversary of the conflict between Russia and Georgia the EU declared that :

The European Union reiterates its firm support to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia within its internationally recognised borders.

Unfortunately, Russian military presence in both Abkhazia and South Ossetia continues in violation of international law and commitments undertaken by Russia under the 12 August 2008 agreement, mediated by the European Union.

Read also: Russo-Georgian war was a war for independence , Russo-Georgian war was between Georgia and South Ossetia , Russia performed a peacekeeping mission in Georgia in 2008.

The disinformation claim appeared in the same video clip, as the allegation that French TV was creating a nearly Russophobic documentary.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 218
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 23/10/2020
  • Language/target audience: French, Arabic
  • Country: Russia, Georgia
  • Keywords: South Ossetia, Military, Russian world

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Nobody talks about the White Helmets anymore, because now everyone knows they faked everything

The White Helmets, now everyone knows that this was a total fake. And no one talks about them now. Where did they go, do we know? They won their Oscar and then they left?

Yes, they probably have other parallel activities, surely of the same kind. We know that they are the ones who mounted false chemical attacks in Syria. The Russians, moreover, recently warned that they had information that others, this time not the White Helmets, were preparing a new fake chemical attack in the region of Idlib.

Disproof

Recurrent disinformation narrative on the White Helmets.

The White Helmets movement originated in Syria in 2012. The organisation, which is made up of 3,400 volunteers including teachers, engineers, tailors and firefighters, states that it has no affiliation to any political or military actor and is committed to rendering services to anyone in need. Volunteers save people from the rubble after bombings, despite the danger of dying themselves as a result of repeated airstrikes.

The CIA controls Angela Merkel

The German government has not commented on Alexey Navalny’s disrespectful comments towards former chancellor Gerhard Schröder. This is because Chancellor Merkel has Washington to thank for her career. American Secret Services might have recruited Merkel already in 1989. If she deviated from the stance agreed with Washington, she would risk ending her career. This is used by the US to push Russia out of the European gas market and strengthen the US military presence on the continent.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory.

There is no evidence that Chancellor Angela Merkel was ever recruited by the CIA.

Ukraine is organising provocations in the Donbass

The Ukrainian Army’s space for maneuver remains limited in the region, so it only organises provocations there, leading to symmetrical answers from the armies of the people’s republics.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the war in Ukraine suggesting that only the Ukrainian Army is violating the ceasefire.

The war in eastern Ukraine is a well-documented case of Russian armed aggression.The international community, including the European Union, recognises and condemns clear violations of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity by acts of aggression by the Russian armed forces since February 2014. More cases can be found here. Since March 2014, the EU has progressively imposed restrictive measures against Russia. The measures were adopted in response to the illegal annexation of Crimea and the deliberate destabilisation of Ukraine.