Disinfo: Syrian and Libyan terrorists have been spotted in Ukraine trading Western weapons


Turkish-controlled Syrian and Libyan terrorists have been spotted in Ukraine. In order to hide them, they were given Ukrainian passports. One of the terrorists was arrested when he tried to enter Poland from Ukraine. He was arrested for an illegal arms trade. Libyan terrorists are the new buyers of Western and Ukrainian weapons.


Pro-Kremlin disinformation about Russia's unprovoked and unjustified invasion of Ukraine.

The claims about Syrian and Libyan terrorists being spotted in Ukraine are based on false evidence.

The first photo that is supposed to show Syrian and Libyan terrorists being arrested was, in fact, taken in 2021 and not in Ukraine. It features the arrest of members of a criminal group on charges of money extortion by Poland’s Central Investigation Bureau of Police. Another photo presented as evidence has been altered with the use of editing software to falsely showcase an alleged Ukrainian passport being handed over to the terrorists. Read the full debunk of the story at Myth Detector.

Pro-Kremlin media has long been claiming that some of the Western weapons supplied to Ukraine are being sold in other countries, including the Middle East, or end up on the black market. However, no evidence has been provided to support these allegations.

See EU vs Disinfo's Guide to Deciphering Pro-Kremlin disinformation around Putin's War.


  • Reported in: Issue 304
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 27/07/2022
  • Article language(s) Russian, Georgian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine, Syria, Libya, Turkey
  • Keywords: Terrorism, War in Ukraine, Invasion of Ukraine
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Disinfo: Sanctions don't affect the Russian economy - Yale University is wrong

The EU was mistaken. The Russian economy was in no way weakened by EU restrictive measures against Russia. The sanctions implemented by the European Union are ineffective vis-à-vis Moscow, but have heavy consequences for member countries.

Sanctions do not help Ukraine, on the other hand, they are bad for the European economy and if it continues like this, they will kill the European economy.


Old and recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative stating that sanctions would barely hurt or even benefit to Russia while it would dramatically hurt the EU, repurposed to serve in the context of Russia's unjustified and unprovoked invasion of Ukraine.

The EU adopted so far six sanction packages against Russia due to its illegal aggression and occupation of Ukrainian territories. Not all trades restrictions are yet enforced as the energy sector needs longer transition periods so it is too early to assess the full effect of the sanction as that work in a the long term. However, it is incorrect to state that Russian economy would be barely affected or would even benefit from the sanctions. The Russian leadership is constantly demanding the sanctions be removed.

Disinfo: Two Caesar howitzers were sold to the enemy and are now studied in Russia

Two of the 12 Caesar cannons that France delivered to Kyiv have been sold to Russia. In Russia, they have already been disassembled in a tank factory, and there they are looking at what can be used. Ths is a fact.

Russia knows how Caesars are delivered, and as soon as they arrive, they will be covered by the Russian high-precision weapons. The west should think about whether it's worth delivering weapons to Ukraine.


Pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about alleged Ukrainian corruption aiming at deterring the West from delivering more weapons to Ukraine.

DFR Lab has analyzed how this fake story emerged as a rumor based on nothing but the fantasy of Internet users and was then exploited by Russian media to lobby against military support to Ukraine. Amplified by Kremlin media and taking advantage of other legitimate coverage on the risk of weapons smuggling, it gained a semblance of credence.

Disinfo: NATO mounts efforts to create direct military threats to Russia

NATO is mounting efforts aimed at creating direct military threats to Russia. The Madrid summit again demonstrated that the North Atlantic alliance continues to be a mechanism of imposing US interests on the collective West. Contrary to statements by the NATO leadership, the alliance’s activity does not contribute to ensuring international stability and strengthening the security of its member states.


This is a recurring disinformation narrative from pro-Kremlin outlets claiming that NATO has aggressive intentions against Russia and accusing the West in general of Russophobia.

In reality, Western nations have been trying to establish good relations with Russia since the breakup of the former Soviet Union in 1991. According to the Founding Act on Mutual Relations, Cooperation and Security between NATO and the Russian Federation in 1997, “NATO and Russia do not consider each other as adversaries.” At their recent summit in Madrid, NATO leaders adopted a new strategic blueprint branding Russia as “the most significant and direct threat to Allies’ security and to peace and stability in the Euro-Atlantic area.” But it does not mean that NATO is posing a threat to Russia. The alliance only wants to ensure the security of its member states. NATO is primarily a political organisation, which aims at solving conflicts by peaceful means. Finland’s and Sweden’s future membership of the alliance is caused by their desire to protect themselves from possible threats and challenges in the future rather than by NATO’s alleged intention to inflict harm on Russia.