The Red Army didn’t want to bomb citizens of Tallinn, it just missed it’s mark

Summary

Nowadays it’s common to say that the Red Army bombed Tallinn. But actually they bombed the harbour where the enemy was and it’s really close to the city. It has nothing to do with willful destroying, killing the citizens of the city.

Disproof

On March 9, 1944, the Soviet Air Forces dropped 3,068 bombs on Tallinn. The bomb raid included 300 Soviet planes that dropped explosive as well as incendiary bombs, did heavy damage to the city center and completely destroyed much of the city’s suburbs, which were mainly built of wood. As saboteurs had blown up the fire brigades’ pumping stations, fighting the fires proved near to impossible. 757 people were killed immediately, 659 injured. More than 20,000 lost their homes. The damage to military installations or factories crucial to the German war effort was minimal.

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  • Reported in: Issue 165
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 23/09/2019
  • Language/target audience: Estonian
  • Country: Estonia
  • Keywords: World War 2
  • Outlet: Sputnik Eesti
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The chemical attack on Khan Shaykhun was staged by the White Helmets

It was here [a clip shows a bunker that was used by the opponents of the Syrian regime] where the White Helmets were shooting the fake video of the Syrian army allegedly using chemical weapons against civilians.

We are talking about the provocation with a fake chlorine attack on Khan Shaykhun. Then the White Helmets published a video, after which the Americans fired rockets at the Syrian airbase.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narratives aiming to discredit the White Helmets and claiming that the Khan Shaykhun chemical attack was staged by Western actors in order to justify military action against the Assad regime.

The OPCW’s Fact Finding Mission confirmed that people in Khan Shaykhun were exposed to sarin, a chemical weapon, on 4 April 2017.

The purpose of removing the monument to Marshall Konev is to induce hatred towards Russia

The destruction of war memorials and graves violates the 1993 treaty between Russia and the Czech Republic. It is especially shameful such things to occur on the basis of a political whim that has nothing whatsoever to do with the past. The aim of the situation with the statue of Marshall Konev is to induce hatred against Russia as part of a war psychosis aimed at provoking aggression against Russia.

Disproof

This is a false claim and one of several disinformation cases about the statue of Marshall Konev in Prague. It is also consistent with common pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about Russophobia and the supposedly hostile anti-Russian intentions of the West, based on which Russia can cast itself as the victim.

The monument to Marshall Konev was erected in 1980 during the "normalisation" period in communist Czechoslovakia. The leadership of Prague's Municipal District 6, which retains legal ownership of the statue, has voted to move the monument to a museum and replace it with a memorial commemorating Soviet sacrifices in the fight against Hitler in general, and the liberation of Prague in particular. More information available here.

US wants to capture Kaliningrad and exchange it for Crimea

The U.S. [Air Force] Commander’ statement about the seizure of Kaliningrad means that, in fact, US wants to capture Kaliningrad and exchange it for Crimea. All this may ultimately lead to a global nuclear conflict.

Disproof

No evidence given that US would intend to Kaliningrad and exchange it for Crimea.

U.S. General Jeffrey Harrigian did not refer to any "plans" to conquer Kaliningrad. He said that "If we have to go in there to take down, for instance, the Kaliningrad IADS (Integrated Air Defense System), let there be no doubt we have a plan to go after that". If Russian aggression out of the strategically located Kaliningrad enclave required a US response, he continued, "it would be a multi-domain, very timely and effective capability that we would bring to ensure we have the access we need in that environment". Read more about this statement on Polygraph.