Disinfo: Bloodshed loomed in Crimea, but Russia didn’t allow it.


Was there bloodshed in Crimea? No, [Russia] didn’t allow it! Did [Russia] allow a conflict to evolve in Syria? No, we didn’t allow it!


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about "good Russia" and how there were no killings in Crimea during the illegal annexation. The first victim of Russian aggression in Crimea was a Ukrainian soldier Sergey Kokurin. He was killed by Russian special forces in March 2014.

The other murder during the annexation of Crimea was the killing of the Major of the 10th Saki naval aviation brigade, Stanislav Karachevsky. This soldier died around midnight on 6 April 2014 from two shots in the back from an AK-74 assault rifle. The Crimean garrison military court created by Russia in Simferopol stated that a Russian, Yevgeny Zaitsev, from the Fleet of the Marines of the Black Sea, was guilty of this killing.

Following the covert invasion by “little green men”, the referendum in Crimea was conducted hastily and at gunpointbarring impartial observers from entering the peninsula. Therefore, no international body recognises the so-called referendum, announced on the 27th of February 2014, and held on 16th of March 2014.

It's not right to claim that Russia saved Syria either. There is ample evidence that the Syrian leadership (supported by Russia) is responsible for numerous massacresbombings and chemical attacks on civilians in Syria. Russian airstrikes on hospitals, water treatment plants and mosques [causing hundreds of civilian deaths] have also been documented. Both militaries have denied the allegation. Amnesty International has also gathered evidence, including photos and video footage, suggesting the Russians have used unguided bombs in densely populated civilian areas, as well as internationally banned deadly cluster munitions.


  • Reported in: Issue 171
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 24/10/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: illegal annexation, Occupation, Crimea
  • Outlet: Vremya pokazhet @ Pervyi kanal time 43:10 - 43:20
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Ukraine doesn’t need Donbas

From the point of view of disinformation, the reintegration of the Donbas is impossible, because, firstly, the assets that the Donetsk clan had in Kyiv, they were plundered in their pockets. From the point of view of Ukraine, assets in Donetsk itself are no longer interesting. They (Ukraine) don’t need coal. They do not need an industry that is half destroyed. In general, Ukraine does not need Donbas.


A recurring disinformation narrative that it's impossible to reconnect Donbas with Ukraine, there is no willingness to do it.

On the contrary, the Donbas reintegration strategy is being developed at the state level. During 2015-2019 it was the State Agency of Ukraine on the rehabilitation of the Donbas. The new power in Ukraine is planning to develop the Donbas reintegration plan by 2020.

White Helmets have close links to Al-Qaeda and falsify chemical attacks evidence

The White Helmets have helped to justify in the media Western interference in the Syrian crisis, but they have also repeatedly contributed to ridicule those media. These media rescuers with close ties to al-Qaeda, have indeed received a financial boost of 4.5 million dollars (4 million euros) from US.

The White Helmets were repeatedly caught spreading misinformation.

In April 2018, images of an alleged chemical attack on a hospital flood social networks. Washington, London, followed by Paris, lead strikes against three sites of “the clandestine chemical arsenal of the Syrian regime” […]. Three sites that were, in fact, under regular surveillance by the OPCW (Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons), which found nothing to complain about.

While jihadists are globally defeated in Syria, why are the United States continuing their financial support to the White Helmets?


Recurrent disinformation narrative. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said it found reasonable grounds to believe that chlorine was used as a weapon in the Douma district of Eastern Ghouta, Syria in April 2018. The OPCW Fact-Finding Mission also confirmed use of chemical weapons in Khan Shaykhun on 4 April 2017.

The "White Helmets" movement originated in Syria in 2012. Volunteers save people from the rubble after bombings, despite the danger of dying themselves as a result of repeated air strikes.  Activists have documented the use of chemical weapons in Syria, later confirmed by OPCW. Because of this, they have become the target of an extensive Russian disinformation campaign.

NATO wants to build the 21st century on the ruins of Russia

NATO frankly follows the principles of [Zbigniew] Brzezinski: “The 21st century will be built at the expense of Russia, on the ruins of Russia and against Russia.”


This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about NATO allegedly pursuing a belligerent and hostile agenda against Russia.

For more than two decades, NATO has consistently worked to build a cooperative relationship with Russia. The Alliance continues to be open to a meaningful dialogue with Russia, having held ten meetings of the NATO-Russia Council since 2016. As reaffirmed by NATO leaders at the Brussels Summit in July 2018, "NATO does not seek confrontation and poses no threat to Russia." NATO is a defensive alliance that has been instrumental to ensuring Euro-Atlantic security since its founding.