[In terms of relations with Russia], the Polish authorities came to a peculiar conclusion, saying that a dialogue with Russia is possible, but on condition that Russia shows “goodwill” and stops “breaking international law”. The representatives of the Polish government did not specify where Russia had allegedly broken international law. This claim is an old dogma in Polish domestic politics. The people who do not share this dogma are perceived as “traitors” and “agents” – they should be put in front of a firing squad. The people presenting rational arguments and common-sense questions about the real conflict of interests between Poland and Russia are exposed to total ostracism.
Ukrainians could be used by NATO and mostly by the US to start the conflict in Donbas. Those allies don’t hesitate to twist reality, pointing fingers at Russia and blaming it as a threat. The US is willing to do everything to continue in its dominant position, and if to do so it must risk the lives of Polish, Ukrainians or whoever, it will do. Some are willing to spark the fire as soon as possible, without considering that they can also get burnt and the great human damage that this may cause.
Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about NATO and about Ukraine as a pawn of Western powers, in this case as part of an ongoing disinformation campaign about Russia’s military buildup on Ukraine’s borders.
In fact, international concerns emerged in late October 2021 due to the concentration and transportation of Russian troops from other locations, tracked by military experts in the last months through satellite images, and which included the deployment of as more than 90,000 troops, as well as of certain specialized military units, electronic warfare systems and heavy-armoured vehicles. Altogether, these elements seem to point to the possibility of a Russian invasion of Ukrainian territory.
The European Union expressed its deep concern about the current build-up of Russian military forces near the Ukrainian-Russian border. In a statement released by the G7 countries on 12 December 2021, the leaders called on Russia to de-escalate, pursue diplomatic channels, and abide by its international commitments on transparency of military activities.
See other examples of similar disinformation narratives in our database, such as claims that the West needs Ukraine for NATO bases as Kyiv prepares for a mythical Russian invasion or that Russia sent troops to the Ukrainian border because there was danger for the Russian population in Donbas.
This disinformation message appeared in the same TV programme as the claims that “The goal of current tensions around Ukraine is to promote its integration into NATO”.