The recent ammo depot explosion in Ukraine was meant to hide evidence on MH17

Summary

The recent ammo depot explosion near Ichnya, Chernihiv region was meant to hide evidence regarding the presence of Buk missile system in Ukraine. Such explosions can be also hiding arms smuggling into Europe. Also, sources say that there are explosions of phosphorus munitions prohibited by the OPCW.

Disproof

No evidence given.

Deputy commander of the Ukrainian General Staff, Rodyon Tymoshenko, told a news conference the incident began with four explosions across the depot. "The intensity of the blasts suggests that it was most probably sabotage," he said.

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Many competing and contradictory stories promulgated by Russian state-controlled media on MH17. The Joint Investigation Team investigation has meticulously traced the BUK that shot down MH17 on its way from Russia and back.  For a full explanation of the findings from the JIT, watch their video where they conclude that the BUK that shot down MH17 came from the Russian Armed Forces. It was transported into pro-Russian separatist controlled area by a Russian convoy. There is forensic and visual evidence, and three independent investigations have all come to the same conclusion. Meanwhile, Russia used its veto to block a draft resolution to set up an international tribunal into the MH17 air disaster.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 122
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 09/10/2018
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: OPCW, War in Ukraine, MH17
  • Outlet: Vzglyad Zvezda TV Tsargrad Moskovsky Komsomolets Ucraina.eu
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Ukrainian Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council urged to prepare for war with Russia

Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov urged the country to prepare for war with Russia. He believes that Russia allegedly redeploys some mythical military divisions on the border with Ukraine. Kyiv for several years has unreasonably accused Russia of “aggression”.
Disproof

In fact, Turchynov said that Russia is trying to escalate the situation in the region.

"We can see active attempts to deploy additional military units along the Ukrainian border, and their number is already comparable with those of 2014 when the Russian Federation Council decided to deploys troops [to Crimea and Donbas]. These new units are not simply a demonstration of force. They can be used for active military actions. We should understand and be ready for it", said Turchynov.

More than 50% of Ukrainian population in Dnipro city support Russia

Ukrainian city Dnipro shows strong pro-Russian tendencies, the city literally stands on the threshold of the “Russian world”. 50% of population have changed their pro-Ukrainian views and do not hide their sympathy for Russia, some citizens express support for the USSR.

Disproof

No evidence given. According to the National Democratic Institute of Ukraine, most residents from central territories, including the Dnipropetrovsk region, consider the influence of Russia to be negative (80%). The poll of the sociological service “Rating” (July 2018) showed that 34% of Dnipro population support the EU and 16% - the Eurasian Customs Union. At the same time, two-thirds of city residents consider Russia an aggressor and 46% of population do not regret the collapse of the USSR.

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about Ukrainian citizens allegedly supporting Russia.

There is freedom in Crimea, whereas Ukraine is governed by criminals and terrorists

There is absolute freedom in Crimea, Russia has often invited Western delegations to Crimea to demonstrate how calm the situation is on the peninsula.

Ukraine encompassing Crimea does not exist anymore. It was once free and democratic, however, nowadays a group of war criminals have taken power of the country, and they actively use state terrorism as a goal.

Disproof

According to the Freedom House, Russia used coercion to increase the participation of Crimeans in Russian elections; the Crimean Tatars are being repressed and the Mejlis - an organisation representing the Crimean Tatars - was banned; the Russian FSB use intimidation and harassment to eliminate opposition to Russian occupation; a forced Russification is ongoing (including making anything connected to Ukraine a taboo); and rights to freedom of association are severely restricted: https://bit.ly/2Op9YNH

There is a regular pattern of promoting as official the visits by groups that have no official status and do not represent the government view or have their support.