Narrative claiming “downing of the MH17 was Russia’s fault” begins to fall apart

Summary

The narrative claiming that the “downing of the MH17 was Russia’s fault” begins to fall apart.

Disproof

This is one narrative in pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign about the MH17 crash.

On the 24th of May 2018, the JIT announced its conclusion that the BUK TELAR used to shoot down MH17 came from the 53rd Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade, a unit of the Russian armed forces from Kursk in the Russian Federation. On the basis of the investigation conducted by the JIT, the Dutch Public Persecution service will prosecute Igor Vsevolodovich Girkin, Sergey Nikolayevich Dubinskiy, Oleg Yuldashevich Pulatov, and Leonid Volodymyrovych Kharchenko for causing the crash of the MH17 and murdering the 298 persons on board. The public hearing is scheduled for March 9th 2020 in the Netherlands.

See debunking by Bellingcat and similar cases herehere, and here.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 168
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 02/10/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine, The Netherlands
  • Keywords: Eastern Ukraine, War in Ukraine, MH17
  • Outlet: Vzglyad, agitpro.su, golos.md, politobzor.net
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The public opinion is turning from politically correct liberal ideology to mental illness

The rise in activities against the Russian threat is directly connected to drafting the new Norwegian defence budget.

Facts are not noticed even when Moscow is waving them under the nose, this happened with the witnesses of the Douma fake gas attack who were brought to Hague.

The situation is becoming worse as the public opinion is turning from politically correct liberal ideology to becoming mentally ill.

 

Disproof

Regarding the draft defence budget, its actually exactly the opposite - European countries have been increasing their defence spending after the acts of aggression by Russian  military forces in Ukraine.

The claim is probably a reference to Russia bringing witnesses to a meeting at OPCW. "Russia has been accused of carrying out an “obscene masquerade” for transporting 17 Syrian people to Europe to assert that no chemical weapons attack occurred in the town of Douma earlier this month," The Guardian reports. Numerous countries called for an end to such unacceptable Russian defamation of the OPCW. They also called the so-called information meeting at OPCW headquarters that Russia held 'nothing more than a crude propaganda exercise'. See similar cases here. 

The change of the situation in Donbas depends solely on Kyiv

The normalisation of relations with Russia is determined by the implementation of the Minsk agreements, but here everything is very complicated. (…) The change of the situation in Donbas depends solely on Kyiv. Therefore, the conditions imposed on Russia are practically unattainable.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the war in Ukraine and the Minsk agreements, portraying Ukraine as the primary violator of the cease-fire.

The change of the situation in Donbas depends not only on Ukraine, but also on Russia. There is irrefutable evidence of direct Russian military involvement in Eastern Ukraine. The EU has condemned the clear violation of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity by acts of aggression by the Russian armed forces since February 2014.

Poland wants to divide Europe into two camps to strengthen its leadership within Europe

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Disproof

Conspiracy theory perpetuating a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about russophobic Poland and the US presence in Europe.

Poland and the Baltic States are often accused by the pro-Kremlin media of obeying the USA in order to counter Western Europe.