Disinfo: The West aims to destabilise Russia using its historic territories

Summary

Russia will not allow its historic territories to be used against it. The Ukrainian people still have the chance to protect themselves from the Western puppet masters, who orchestrated the tragic fraternal war in the Donbas. Ukrainians should rely on Orthodox Christianity, a primary weapon yet to be destroyed by the Western curators. Currently, however, the Americans control the whole political system in Ukraine and are removing all other foreign influences.

Disproof

A recurrent disinformation narrative denying Ukraine’s statehood and misrepresenting Ukraine as being externally controlled by the West. The article serves to undermine confidence in Ukraine’s sovereignty and paint Western states as aggressors, while falsely presenting Russia’s aggressive policies against Ukraine as defensive and justified.

The origins of the war are traced back to the Euromaidan protest movement, also known as the Revolution of Dignity. It started with mass protests in Kyiv against then-President Yanukovych’s decision in November 2013 to abandon the association agreement with the EU in favour of trade ties with Russia.

In stark contrast, there is overwhelming evidence that Russia is directly and unlawfully involved in the war in Ukraine and that it has been actively threatening Ukraine’s territorial integrity since 2014. And yet the Kremlin continues to deny that it is a party to the conflict. Moreover, the Kremlin has not shown any willingness to stop directly interfering in Ukraine’s internal affairs.

There is no evidence that Ukrainian politics are controlled by the West. In support of its self-defence, Ukraine receives indirect support from Western states and organisations in a fully transparent and legal manner. In contradiction to the claims that the West has aggressive intentions, the EU, the US, and NATO have repeatedly stressed their opposition to further escalations and the need for a diplomatic solution implementing the Minsk Agreement. Detailed and accurate overviews of cooperation between Ukraine and NATO, the EU and the US are available online.

The notion that the West wishes to destroy (or control) Orthodox Christianity is a recurrent disinformation narrative. Additionally, the claim that Ukrainians should rely on Orthodox Christianity directly contradicts systematic attempts by Kremlin and Kremlin-controlled media to undermine the independence of the Ukrainian Orthodox church. Thus, Pro-Kremlin media use Ukrainian Orthodoxy in a manipulative and self-contradicting manner. Depending on the needs, it is presented as an important cultural cornerstone that unites Russia and Ukraine, or a Russophobic project that is at the heart of the supposedly artificial nation of Ukraine. The Kremlin often uses Orthodox Christianity as a tool of disinformation and of political (de)legitimization inside and outside Russia.

Read similar cases of disinformation in the database claiming that military absorption of Ukraine by the West threatens Russia, that the 2014 revolution in Ukraine was a plot by the West to establish control over Ukraine, that Ukraine is under obvious external control, that the West created Ukraine to wage war on Russian civilization and that the establishment of external control by the West was the real goal of the 2014 revolution in Ukraine.

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  • Reported in: Issue 255
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 24/07/2021
  • Article language(s) Bulgarian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Ukrainian statehood, War in Ukraine, Eastern Ukraine, West, Orthodox Church
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Multinational exercises Agile Spirit in Georgia are destroying regional stability, pushing the peoples of the South Caucasus to enmity and war, and serve the interests of the United States and its NATO allies.

Agile Spirit's 2021 declarative goal of increasing interoperability between the troops of the 15 participating countries does not hold water...Obviously, the real purpose of the exercises is the study of the regional theatre of military operations by the American military command, new provocations against Russia and its allies in the South Caucasus. It is enough to look at the geographical map of the Caucasus to understand that the next demonstration of strength by the United States and partners is addressed exclusively to Russia.

Disproof

This is a recurring disinformation narrative, claiming that the US/NATO are waging an aggressive campaign against Russia and using Georgia and other countries for that purpose.

Russia considers any military exercises of neighbouring countries as a threat. Every nation has the right to conduct exercises, but it is important that they are conducted transparently and in line with international obligations.

Disinfo: Ukraine guilty of downing MH17 flight

Ukraine is guilty of shooting down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Donbas in 2014.

Disproof

This is a recurring disinformation narrative from pro-Kremlin outlets blaming Ukrainian troops for shooting down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Donbas in July 2014 and aiming to discredit the criminal trial and the Joint Investigation Team (JIT).

In reality, there is enough evidence about Russia’s direct involvement in shooting down this plane. In September 2016, the JIT investigation announced that the plane was shot down by a missile from the 9M38 series, which was launched by a BUK TELAR missile system. The system had been transported from the Russian Federation to an agricultural field near the town of Pervomaiskyi in the illegal separatist Donetsk People’s Republic in Eastern Ukraine, from where the missile was launched. After firing, the system, where one missile was missing, went back to Russia. In May 2018, the JIT announced its conclusion that the missile which shot down the plane came from Russia’s 53rd Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade. This unit is stationed in the city of Kursk.

Disinfo: Democracy is the perfect dictatorship

The only thing that liberal democracies can reproach to authoritarian models is that the latter do not hide their character because the former are often even more authoritarian with a display of socially accepted control mechanisms. So why do we continue to debate democracy or dictatorship and nothing else? Why can't models other than Western democracy be debated or accepted? Why has globalism created a socio-cultural and ideological bubble that cannot be punctured? Because democracy is a perfect dictatorship.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative denigrating democracy. By portraying liberal democracies as inferior to authoritarian systems, this disinformation message aims to deflect criticism on Russia’s increasingly authoritarian model despite its lack of freedoms, its persecution of opposition members and activists, its massive corruption, its economic stagnation and its declining living standards, through the false claim that democracies are even worse.

The mention of “models other than Western democracy” may be interpreted as a reference to Russia’s ‘managed democracy’, a system where there are elections that can’t be considered either free or fair and where tolerated opposition parties are not a threat to the uncontested power of the ruling party.