Disinfo: The West employed hybrid warfare against Russia in the UN General Assembly

Summary

Russia faced a new Western hybrid warfare blow in the UN General Assembly. The resolution against the referenda [in the occupied territories of Ukraine] took place after the US pressured the member states to support the resolution introduced by Albania and Ukraine. The idea of an isolated Russia is implausible and is only a part of the narrative promoted by the big Western media corporations to show a “defeated Russia”.

Disproof

This pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative aims to distract attention from the fact that on 12 October 2022 the UN General Assembly voted overwhelmingly to condemn Russia’s annexation of four regions of Ukraine. The UN resolution was supported by 143 countries and rejected only by 4, while 35 other states abstained. By claiming the West pressured UN member states to support the resolution and framing this as a “hybrid warfare blow” -for which no evidence is provided-, this disinformation story tries to provide an “explanation” to what is a clear international rebuke to Russia’s illicit move.

Accusing international institutions of having an anti-Russian bias is a frequent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative. See other examples in our database, such as claims that any international tribunal should be for Ukrainian Nazis, not for Russia, that OSCE is a criminal organisation that is in favour of war in Donbas, that World Anti-Doping Agency’s accusations are Russophobic provocations, or that OPCW has become a tool in the hands of hostile countries.

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  • Reported in: Issue 313
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 17/10/2022
  • Article language(s) Spanish
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Russia, US
  • Keywords: UN, illegal annexation, Hybrid war, West, Diplomacy with Russia, Anti-Russian
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Disproof

Conspiracy theory and unsubstantiated claim from pro-Kremlin outlets accusing the West of being responsible for the explosions of the Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 gas pipelines and the Crimean bridge. There is no evidence that any Western country is linked to the explosions and the leaks.

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Disinfo: NATO’s eastward expansion is a serious security threat to Russia

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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about NATO, portraying it as a belligerent organisation.

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Disinfo: Ukraine is a terrorist state

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Disproof

Pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative aiming to discredit Ukraine and justify the criminal invasion of the country, as well as and the use of terrorism by Russia that lead to a PACE resolution on 13 October 2022.

The definition of terrorism is the use of violence to create a state of terror in the population to achieve a political goal. Britannica encyclopedia defines it as follows: Terrorism, the calculated use of violence to create a general climate of fear in a population and thereby to bring about a particular political objective.