Disinfo: The Russian military does not strike civilian infrastructure

Summary

The Russian military does not strike at civilian infrastructure; humanitarian corridors are being created for the exit of civilians. The offensive of the Russian Armed Forces in Ukraine is deliberately slowed down in order to allow civilians to be evacuated.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Russia's war on Ukraine has been documented almost in real time by numerous international media as well as countless of civilians on social media platforms.

Human rights organisations and the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine, documnet that the invasion of Ukraine was carried out through indiscriminate attacks and strikes on civilian objects such as houses, hospitals, schools and kindergartens.

Since the beginning of the full-scale invasion of Ukraine, 3,942 civilians killed and 4,591 injured, by 24 May UN mission update, and 258 children have died and more than 427 were wounded, reports the Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine.

There is plenty of evidence of attacks on civilian targets: attacks on cultural properties; attacks on hospitals and medical care facilities; Mariupol theatre airstrike; Mariupol hospital airstrike; mass shelling of residential areas; bombing of Kyiv, Sumy, Kharkiv, Odesa etc.

WHO records 100th attack on health care in Ukraine: Of the current total of 103 attacks, 89 have impacted health facilities and 13 have impacted transport, including ambulances.

As for the claim about humanitarian corridors, a number of attempts to establish a humanitarian evacuation corridor to evacuate civilians from the cities have been made, but have failed due to the corridor being targeted by Russian forces.

Read OSCE Report on violations of International Humanitarian and Human Rights Law, War Crimes and Crimes against Humanity commited in Ukraine since 24 February 2022.

See the EU's response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine here along with EU vs Disinfo's Guide to Deciphering Pro-Kremlin disinformation around Putin's War.

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  • Reported in: Issue 292
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 24/05/2022
  • Article language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine, Russia
  • Keywords: War in Ukraine, Invasion of Ukraine, war crimes, War crimes, Military
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Disinfo: Sanctions are the cause of the threat of global hunger, not Russia

Russia is not the source of the threat of global hunger / food insecurity, but sanctions.

Disproof

This is a Russian manipulative attempt to deflect responsability for the growing food prices and insecurity about supply. The disinformation narrative from pro-Kremlin outlet claim that sanctions, imposed on Russia in connection with its war of aggression against Ukraine, however there are no sanctions on either Russian food production nor food export.

Russia's responsibility for the global food crisis comes from the Russian war: naval blockade of Ukrainian posts, bombardment og transport infrastructure and terror shelling of farming regions.

Disinfo: Ukraine sells its grain to pay for weapons

For a while [Ukraine was transporting grain] along the Danube to Romania. There, the goods are transferred to sea vessels, and then they are transported to the EU. "As far as we understand, Ukraine is paying for the weapons supplied by the West," said Vasyl Nebenzya, Russia's envoy to the UN.

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The G7 accuses Russia of the crisis in the food markets - allegedly it interferes with agricultural exports from Ukraine and does not let vessels with food through. And as a result, prices skyrocket.

Kyiv continues to block 75 foreign ships from 17 states in the ports of Nikolaev, Kherson, Chernomorsk, Mariupol, Ochakov, Odessa and Yuzhny, Vasily Nebenzya claims. According to him, it was Ukraine that mined the water area.

Russia has repeatedly offered Ukraine to send goods through humanitarian corridors. But Kyiv does not cooperate, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said earlier.

Disproof

A New pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Ukraine, aiming to shift the blame for the growing global food insecurity and price raise on Ukraine.

Ukraine is one of the world’s top agricultural producers and exporters. Before the Russian invasion on 24 February 2022, most of the food produced by Ukraine – enough to feed 400 million people – was exported through the country’s seven Black Sea ports, according to an estimate from the World Food Programme.

Disinfo: People in the UK have become so poor they might start eating each other

While the UK politicians are busy with the Ukraine crisis, the material situation of ordinary Britons is becoming increasingly dire. Some cities in Britain have even called a state of emergency due to food shortages.

Against this backdrop, UK journalist Jeremy Clarkson wrote that "[h]unger makes people eat their neighbours."

The crisis only started several weeks ago, and Britons are already being nudged toward cannibalism!

Disproof

The article advances an emerging pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative suggesting the ongoing food insecurity issues would face some Western countries.

The ominous warning of cannibalism descending on Britain was made by Jeremy Clarkson, a UK motoring journalist who writes a regular opinion column for The Sunday Times. In one of his recent columns, Clarkson, known for a humoristic tone, makes a rather morbid joke that the ongoing food shortages in the UK could escalate into a situation whereby starving Britons are forced to feed on their fellow citizens.