Disinfo: The protests in France were organized by the UK and US


The United States and United Kingdom organized the “yellow vests” protests in France, but accused Russia of standing behind them. They try to expand the protests all over Europe in order to destroy the European Union.


The US tries to revive the historical confrontation between Germany and France in order to destroy the EU.


No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin conspiracy narrative about "yellow vests" and the United States' actions in Europe.


  • Reported in: Issue130
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 16/12/2018
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: UK, Russia, US
  • Keywords: yellow vests, EU, Europe


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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has declared war on Russia

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has declared war on Russia.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in an interview with Fox News addressed Russian President Vladimir Putin and called an act of "war" the attack of the Russian military on Ukrainian sailors in the Kerch Strait. "Mr. Putin, this is the act of aggression. Mr. Putin, this is the war. And this is not a joke, and not an incident, and not a crisis," Poroshenko said, See the interview on Poroshenko's Facebook page.
It was Russia that provoked the war in Ukraine.
The Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has stated that “the information available suggests that the situation within the territory of Crimea and Sevastopol amounts to an international armed conflict between Ukraine and the Russian Federation. This international armed conflict began at the latest on 26 February when the Russian Federation deployed members of its armed forces to gain control over parts of the Ukrainian territory without the consent of the Ukrainian Government https://www.icc-cpi.int/iccdocs/otp/161114-otp-rep-PE_ENG.pdf.
See recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation messages around the Azov Sea.

CIA behind the autocephaly of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church

The autocephaly of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church is a special operation of the CIA, which also supports Islamists in Afghanistan and political terror in Latin America (Regnum, Sputnik)


CIA helped Ukrainian Church split from Russian Orthodox Church (Vesti)


No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin conspiracy theory about CIA and narrative about Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

For an example of a similar disinformation message in German and further debunking see here.

US completely destroyed a hospital in Syria

The Friday airstrikes of the US-led Coalition have completely destroyed a hospital in the Syrian city of Hajin in the eastern Deir ez-Zor province.


The claim was originally reported by the Islamic State’s own media service before being picked up by Syrian state media, and later ending up in Russian state media.

The U.S.-led coalition published a video from December 9 showing the hospital intact and without any apparent significant damage.