Disinfo: The United States is now provoking tensions between Russia and Ukraine

Summary

The United States is now provoking tensions between Russia and Ukraine. And it really could lead to some serious military clash. The US is deliberately provoking Moscow to take tough actions against the shelling, when a rather serious number of people are dying in the territory of the unrecognised republics. They provoke to strengthen their position and to not let Europe reach an agreement with Russia in these difficult circumstances.

Disproof

The claim advances recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives casting Ukraine as a US client state, and implicitly painting the ongoing armed aggression in Ukraine as an internal affair.

The participants of the show discussed how the US conducts foreign policy and what role Ukraine has there. They claimed that Ukraine is totally dependable on the US, and is playing the role of pawn in the political game when the US is trying to confront China and Russia. The war on Donbas here is one of the instruments of impact.

Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity have been violated by acts of aggression by the Russian armed forces since February 2014. Washington, along with Kyiv, maintains that a peaceful resolution is contingent on the fulfilment of the Minsk agreements.

See the similar case: Ukraine has been ruled by a US-funded client regime since 1991.

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  • Reported in: Issue 201
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 30/05/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine, US
  • Keywords: Eastern Ukraine, Diplomacy with Russia, Anti-Russian, US presence in Europe, War in Ukraine, Ukrainian statehood
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US prepared people in different parts of the world to organise protests

Have you noticed that they [the media] are showing people now who is guiding the crowd? ‘This is where the bricks are stacked’. This wildly reminds me of Yegor Zhukov and his comrades during the August riots in Moscow, it is the same style and same system of organisation. Now the Americans are fed up with their own product. They prepared people like Yegor Zhukov in different parts of the world, they prepared them to organise protests. Well, now they got protests at home.

Disproof

Pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative claiming that the United States supports so-called "colour revolutions" around the world. This narrative portrays any spontaneous disorders and civil uprisings in other states, especially the former Soviet republics, as Western-funded "colour revolutions", including the Revolution of Dignity (Euromaidan) in Ukraine, which began in 2013 without any outside influence.

Yegor Zhukov, a Russian student and activist, is also mentioned. Russian media claimed that Mr. Zhukov "has long been known for his calls for revolutions", which has no evidence. There is also no evidence that Mr. Zhukov was somehow "prepared" by the US to organise protests in Russia.

There’s no evidence that Russia was involved in hacking the Bundestag

There’s no reason to believe in what the German security stated. No human investigator and nobody in the Russian Federation has access to the results of the German investigation that prove Russian hacking of the Bundestag.

Disproof

Unsubstantiated claims obfuscating Russia's responsibility for cyber attacks on the German Parliament in 2015.

The German domestic intelligence agency said Russia was behind a series of attacks on German state computer systems, including the German parliament in 2015. According to the reports from the German media, the federal prosecutor's office has issued an international arrest warrant against Dmitriy Badin, a hacker reportedly working for the Russian military intelligence service, in relation to the cyber attack.

The protests in the US may be a colour revolution orchestrated by those who promoted the fake Russiagate

Peaceful protests degenerated into riots and deliberate fires, followed by violence, clashes with police and political demands for regime change, driving comparisons to the events in Ukraine, north Africa or Serbia, or, more recently, Bolivia, Venezuela and Hong Kong. This is not the first time that an African American man dies at the hands of the police and a peaceful protest turns violent, but it is the first Black Lives Matter protest that spread everywhere and quickly gained an openly political and partisan dimension, despite that the four agents involved in the death of George Floyd were immediately fired and one of them was charged with murder a few days later. It is not surprising that Trump is blamed for the death of Floyd, despite that Minneapolis and Minnesota are run by Democrats. He was also blamed for the coronavirus by the Democrats, the same people that insisted for years that Russiagate was real. Now they blame Trump for responding to the riots (what they call “peaceful protests”) by sending the army. Colour revolutions follow a script: find a legitimate cause, ask the police and the army to join the protests, and if they don’t, intensify the riots to provoke a forceful response that creates martyrs. Everything useful must be captured by cameras, and any inconvenience removed from memory. The goal is not reform, equity or justice, but regime change. The old Serbian joke says that no colour revolution can take place in the US because there is no US Embassy there, so all this must surely be a mere coincidence. Surprisingly, everything that the US applied all over the world is being implemented in its territory.

Disproof

This is a mix of several recurrent pro-Kremlin narratives, framing every protest movement in the world as a colour revolution promoted from the outside and aiming at regime change and portraying the Democratic Party in the US as part of a Deep State conspiracy to illegally topple president Donald Trump by falsely linking him to Russia.

The claim that the protests after the death of African American citizen George Floyd are a colour revolution orchestrated by the Democrats is a conspiracy theory, and zero evidence is provided to back it. On the contrary, many Democratic leaders have called upon demonstrators to go home, or at least to strictly stick to peaceful protest and avoid looting and violence. While some of them, along with some Republicans opposed to Donald Trump, are encouraging citizens to vote for the Democratic Party in the upcoming elections of November 2020 if they want to replace Donald Trump, that can hardly be considered a plot to overthrow the president.