DISINFO: The West may resort to its old false flag method with a chemical attack in Donbas
  • Outlet: mundo.sputniknews.com (archived)*
  • Date of publication: January 17, 2022
  • Article language(s): Spanish
  • Reported in: Issue 270
  • Countries / regions discussed: US, Ukraine, Syria, Russia
false flag Chemical weapons/attack Donbas War in Ukraine

DISINFO: The West may resort to its old false flag method with a chemical attack in Donbas


Russia denounced US private military companies preparing chemical provocations in Donbas. Everything points to the US wanting to cause a spark that would set this powder keg in flames. Chemical provocations are an old method used by Washington and its allies.

The case of the Syrian conflict is an example, where the West repeatedly accused the government of Bashar Al Assad of using toxic substances against its adversaries, only to be proven that they were either false flag attacks or that these attacks never happened and were staged, as was the case in the Syrian city of Douma. In retaliation, the US, UK and France bombed governmental targets in this country. Not only did they never present any evidence of the alleged use of chemical substances in Douma, but Russia also gathered a lot of evidence that this was a planned provocation aimed to influence international public opinion.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about false flag operations and chemical weapons attacks. Such claims are a part of a wider disinformation campaign accompanying escalation of Russian military build up along the borders of Ukraine. As such, it looks more like disinformation in search of a casus belli.

There is no evidence to back the claim that the US is preparing a “chemical provocation” in Donbas. Allegations about “false flag” chemical attacks in Syria have been debunked many times before (see here for a comprehensive list in our database in addition to our article The Least Accurate Oracle in the World. In fact, the constant use of chemical substances as a weapon by the Syrian regime of Bashar Al Assad, including the Douma attack, have been proven by UN investigators.

See other examples of similar disinformation narratives, such as claims that US private militaries are preparing a chemical attack in Donbas, that the OPCW is turning into an instrument for serving the geopolitical interests of the West, that terrorists and White Helmets were preparing a chemical attack in Syria helped by the local media, that Russia has destroyed its chemical weapons arsenal while the US has not, or that a new OPCW report proves the West fabricated the story of Navalny’s poisoning.


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