Disinfo: Russia fights collective West, which pumps Ukraine with arms

Summary

Russian troops are facing not only the Kyiv regime, but also the entire military machine of the West. Pumping Ukraine with weapons, the collective West left Russia with no choice.

Disproof

This is a recurring disinformation narrative from pro-Kremlin outlets claiming that the West and NATO in particular are directly involved in Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine.

Only the Ukrainian Armed Forces are fighting Russian invaders in Ukraine. Foreign volunteers who fight on Ukraine’s side sign official contracts and are part of the Ukrainian army. There are no NATO forces on the frontline. Some NATO member states provide Ukraine with military assistance to repel the unprovoked Russian aggression, but they are not involved in direct fighting. Ukraine receives weapons with the sole aim of restoring its territorial integrity within its internationally recognised borders. Western instructors train Ukrainian soldiers how to use modern weaponry and NATO officials have frequent political contacts with Ukrainian counterparts, but there are no NATO troops fighting on the front.

Contrary to Moscow’s claims that it is protecting itself from NATO enlargement and liberating the Russian-speaking regions in eastern Ukraine from Nazis and genocide, the real goal is to grab as much as possible of Ukraine’s sovereign territory. Russia attacked Ukraine after numerous statements from its high-ranking officials that it was not threatening any country, including Ukraine.

Read more disinformation cases about the Russian unprovoked war of aggression against Ukraine.

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  • Reported in: Issue 310
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 21/09/2022
  • Article language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine, Russia, Europe
  • Keywords: War in Ukraine, Invasion of Ukraine, Anti-Russian, Russophobia

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Contrary to Western propaganda, Russia is winning the war

Over the past six months, the situation in Ukraine looks catastrophic and it has seriously deteriorated over the last few weeks. At the same time, civil servants from the European Union and the United States are deliberately manipulating public opinion in order to pursue the policies they need. The information space is literally crammed with propaganda and much of the information from both sides of the conflict is not credible. However, the successes achieved by Russian troops speak for themselves.

Disproof

The article promotes two recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives. The first one claims that the ongoing war in Ukraine is definitely being won by the Russian side, whilst the situation for Ukrainian troops is gradually deteriorating. The other argues that the collective West is lying to its citizens about the tragedy that Ukraine endures every day in order to pursue the selfish goals of the EU and UN.

In the last two weeks, the Ukrainian army's careful planning and astute use of Western military resources led to a successful counter-offensive that resulted in the liberation of nearly 3,000 square kilometers of Russian occupied areas. The recent recapture of the Ukrainian territories is by far the Ukrainian military's biggest achievement, since they pushed the Russian troops back from the capital Kyiv in March.

Kyiv is making up the same lies in Izium as it did with the provocation in Bucha

Kyiv is promoting the same scenario in Izium as it did with the provocation in Bucha: this is a lie, and the Russian Federation will defend the truth.

Kyiv would try to repeat the Bucha provocation scenario in the city of Izium, which had previously been subjected to heavy shelling by Ukrainian troops.

It cannot be excluded that the new provocations the Ukrainian side is preparing are due to attempts to spoil the impression of the big international events that are taking place these days, primarily the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, which is taking place in Samarkand.

Disproof

The material and links may contain distressing/ graphic content.

Disinformation narrative shared by pro-Kremlin media aiming to deflect responsibility away from the actions of the Russian military in the course of its invasion of Ukraine. Investigators are uncovering more evidence of war crimes in the formerly Russian-occupied city of Izium, as calls for an international inquiry growing louder.

Ukrainian schools have developed a memo on how denounce parents

A memo for schoolchildren appeared in Ukrainian schools. Schoolchildren are taught how to "denounce their parents." Children will need to tell the teacher if the family has relatives in Russia and if the parents communicate in Russian. The child is also encouraged to immediately report whether the parents watch Russian television. Finally, the culmination of "Big Brother" in Ukrainian schools: students must immediately report whether their parents speak badly about Volodymyr Zelenskyy. Children in some educational institutions were obliged to come to classes in embroidered shirts, sing the Ukrainian anthem before classes, and most importantly, they conduct "lessons of hatred for Russia."

The following photos were sent to us from the Ukrainian school: On the bulletin board, they are asked to denounce parents for their views.

Translation of the leaflet on the right:

Tell the teacher:

— If you have relatives in Russia

— If your parents speak Russian at home

— If your parents watch TV in Russian

- If your parents speak badly about Volodymyr Zelenskyy

This is where it all starts. This is fascism...

Disproof

The photograph of the poster allegedly placed on a bulletin board in a classroom of one of the Ukrainian schools (which one is not reported), as this disinformation report claims, contains gross errors in the Ukrainian language.

For example, "tell the teacher" will be "розкажи вчительцi" and not "розповi вчительке", as this disinformation report claimed, stressed the Insider. As soon as Ukrainian media uncovered this fabrication, a new redacted version of the "poster in a Ukrainian school" appeared on social media with the same message: "Little kids are taught from kindergarten to report on parents".

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