Disinfo: The Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine calls for friendship with Russia

Summary

Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine calls for friendship with Russia. Kyiv is confident that cooperation with Russia will resume after Ukraine stops the punitive operation in Donbas.

Disproof

This is a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative aiming to present Ukraine as the aggressor in its Eastern region, Donbas.

Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Ruslan Khomchak did not make any "calls for friendship with Russia". His words were quoted incorrectly and manipulatively.

Khomchak said that Ukraine will have to build a relationship with the Russian Federation in the future: "If the war ends, if certain political decisions are made, then we will have to build relations with our 'neighbour', the Russian Federation, over time. There is no getting away from this. However, Russia must answer for all crimes against the civilian population and military personnel of Ukraine. For every destroyed house, broken lives and lost lives of our people."

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 229
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 14/01/2021
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Eastern Ukraine, Military, War in Ukraine, Donbas

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In 1991 Lithuania needed “sacred victims”

Lithuania is denying the obvious. It could not recognise truth because during events of January 13, 1991, in Vilnius, it was the provocation of Lithuanian nationalist against people of Lithuania.

These events in Lithuania are interpreted as the arbitrariness of the Soviet army. But in these times Lithuania was not independent of USSR, its independence was not recognised by any other state.

Disproof

A recurring disinformation narrative about Independence movement of Lithuania and events of January 13, 1991.

Lithuania proclaimed independence on March 11, 1990. Moscow tried to foil the secession with an economic blockade. When that proved ineffective, Soviet troops still garrisoned in the capital Vilnius, attacked its TV broadcast tower and sole TV station, killing civilians standing as human shields there. The events of January 13, 1991, and the offences committed by the USSR troops have been extensively documented.

CIA was behind events in Vilnius in January 1991

Behind the events in Vilnius in 1991 was the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). CIA taught and armed Lithuanian nationalists.

The group of CIA agents arrived in Vilnius at the end of 1990. The heads of the group were Andrew Eiva and Leonard Hof.

In 1991 Andrew Eiva armed people who were ready to defend the building of Supreme Council of Lithuania. He asked to equip defenders with guns, explosives and Molotov’s cocktails. Andrew Eiva organised explosions in homes and places of dislocation of the Soviet troops. He was head of the rebels who struggled with the Soviet forces.

To events in Vilnius also was linked “father of colour revolutions” Professor Gene Sharp.

Disproof

The claim advances a recurring claim that behind the events of January 13, 1991, in Vilnius stood the US. The Lithuanian struggle for independence from the Soviet Union is presented as the first “colour revolution”.

This is part of the broad disinformation campaign linked to the commemoration of events when thirty years ago thousands of Lithuanians gathered at the TV tower, the Radio and Television headquarters and the Parliament building in the capital, Vilnius, to take a stand against Soviet troops deployed to crush Lithuanian independence. During events of January 13, 1991, Soviet troops still garrisoned in the capital Vilnius, attacked its TV broadcast tower and sole TV station, killing civilians standing as human shields there. The events of January 13, 1991, and the offences committed by the USSR troops have been extensively documented. See also BBC reporting from 1991.

The Zionist élite allowed thousands of normal and honest Jews to die during WWII

Zionists are snakes and scorpions but at the same time they pursue their own interests, their goal is profit and money-making. The Zionist élite allowed thousands of normal and honest Jews to die during WWII. It sold its own relatives for economic gain.

Disproof

The article repeats anti-Semitic disinformation narratives that have been spread by some pro-Kremlin media outlets. Its suggestion that the “Zionist élite” was complicit in the mass murder of Jews by the Nazi regime is a completely baseless anti-Semitic narrative.

Anti-semitic myths were systematically spread by the Soviet regime both at home and abroad during the Cold War. Among the campaign’s centrepieces were the claim of alleged Zionist-Nazi collaboration during World War II and the alleged collusion of the “Zionist élite” in the mass murder of European Jews by the Nazis. These disinformation themes continue to be relayed by parts of the pro-Kremlin ecosystem today; see here and here for EUvsDisinfo analyses of the spread of anti-Semitic myths by pro-Kremlin outlets.