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The West, including the US, is forcing the Ukrainian Army to start a war against Russia and for this purpose is supporting the protests organised in Kyiv by Mikheil Saakashvili

Summary of Disinformation

The Ukrainian military has already made a number of statements that show Ukraine is forced [by the West, primarily the US] to start a war [against Russia in order to liberate Donbas]. […] In addition, you have to understand that Saakashvili, who appears to be the future prime minister of Ukraine, is the only politician in the world, who attacked Russia, and he wasn’t punished for that. This is an invaluable resource. If a person attacks once and then he gets away with it, he realises that he can do it again.

 

Disproof

No evidence of any war preparations aiming at Russia, recurring disinformation. // The phrase about Saakashvili allegedly "attacking Russia" has two false arguments: Georgia didn't attack and the war was fought on Georgian territory, not in Russia.

The EU's Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on the Conflict in Georgia (IIFFMCG) did not conclude that Georgia attacked in 2008. It stated that "The shelling of Tskhinvali by the Georgian armed forces during the night of 7 to 8
August 2008 marked the beginning of the large-scale armed conflict in Georgia, yet it was
only the culminating point of a long period of increasing tensions, provocations and
incidents." and "The Mission is not in a position to consider as sufficiently substantiated the
Georgian claim concerning a large-scale Russian military incursion into South Ossetia
before 8 August 2008. However, there are a number of reports and publications,
including of Russian origin, indicating the provision by the Russian side of training and
military equipment to South Ossetian and Abkhaz forces prior to the August 2008
conflict. Additionally there seems to have been an influx of volunteers or mercenaries from
the territory of the Russian Federation to South Ossetia through the Roki tunnel and over
the Caucasus range in early August, as well as the presence of some Russian forces in
South Ossetia, other than the Russian JPKF battalion, prior to 14.30 hours on 8 August
2008. Also it seems that the Russian air force started its operations against Georgian
targets, including those outside South Ossetian administrative boundaries, already in the
morning of 8 August, i.e. prior to the time given in the Russian official information."

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Reported in: Issue 85
Date: 17.10.2017
Language: Russian
Country of Origin: Ukraine, Georgia
Reported by: Pavel Spirin, former journalist
Keywords: War preparation, Russo-Georgian War, Mikheil Saakashvili
Disinforming outlet: Mesto vstrechi @NTV, 1:13:16
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