Disinfo: Ukraine is West's bridgehead to export a colour revolution to Belarus

Summary

Speaking about international isolation of Belarus, the Western countries imposed political and economic sanctions, and Kyiv partly aligned with them. The collective West, as well as Ukraine tailing after it, instead of recognising the results of the Belarusian presidential elections, started artificially inflating Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya.

The hybrid attack against Belarus ultimately targeted the Belarus-Russia alliance. The Ukrainian authorities blatantly violated an unspoken pact with Minsk, which required Ukraine to abstain from the role of a bridgehead of the colour revolution to Belarus.

Disproof

This article promotes recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about Belarus protests as being organised and controlled from abroad and as the West's attempt to organise a colour revolution. It is also consistent with pro-Kremlin narratives about the West's activities to disrupt Belarusian-Russian relations and Ukraine as a Western puppet.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba announced Ukraine's readiness to line up with the EU sanctions on Belarus. However, there is no evidence that Kyiv was forced by the West to do so, just as the claim about a West-driven colour revolution is groundless. There is no evidence that the EU, US, or Ukraine launched the so-called hybrid attack or were in any way involved in the protests in Belarus. Large-scale protests began in Minsk on August 9 against the results of the presidential election and then spread in other cities. People revolted against election fraud and police violence towards thousands of rally participants.

According to statistical data and independent observers, the official result of the presidential election was itself heavily doctored. A joint monitoring effort by three NGOs demonstrates the scale of falsification based on election protocols from 1,310 polling stations across Belarus and concludes that the announced result (80% of votes cast for Lukashenka) is mathematically "impossible" (p. 7). An analysis by the Novaya Gazeta newspaper shows that excluding "anomalous" voting districts from the official tally would see Lukashenka's percentage drop to 43%, and Tsikhanouskaya's surge to 45%, in which case a second round would have to be called.

See earlier disinformation cases alleging that imperialistic Poland and Lithuania are the springboards for Belarusian Maidan, that CIA and Pentagon prepare Belarusian protestors in Poland, Ukraine and the Baltic states, that the Belarusian protests are managed from Ukraine and NATO countries, and that Ukraine, Poland and Lithuania are an anti-Belarusian ram.

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  • Reported in: Issue 232
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 02/02/2021
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: EU, Belarus, Ukraine, Russia
  • Keywords: Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, Union State of Belarus and Russia, Colour revolutions, Sanctions, Conspiracy theory, Elections
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Since the coup Ukraine became a failed American colony 

Since the coup d’état in Ukraine in 2014, when the United States of America and the European Union, by supporting Nazi militants, overthrew the legitimate president, Viktor Yanukovych, Ukraine has been in constant financial crises.

After the installation of a puppet agent system, operating under the orders of the United States Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine is steadfastly moving towards severing its economic relations with Russia, which is effectively causing the destruction of its industry, as it has become deprived of Russian suppliers and Russian markets.

Ukraine has long become an American colony and is increasingly becoming a failed state… According to some estimates, Ukraine is the only country in the world which GPD has not grown since 1991 and which forbids half of the country’s population to speak their native language – Russian.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Ukraine as a failed state, which is consistent with pro-Kremlin narratives alleging that Ukraine is a degrading state, also consistent with the narrative depicting the 2013-14 Ukrainian revolution as a coup d’état orchestrated by the West.

Ukraine, as an independent country, has a functioning government and economy, it is a member of many international organisations, such as the United Nations and the Council of Europe, and a party to international agreements. Ukraine has bilateral diplomatic relations with the majority of countries.

The West is rewriting history: it is a squall attack on the truth

The West is rewriting history with might and main. And this rewriting has a pronounced anti-Russian character. It acquired such importance after first “exposing” the Soviet Union, and then equating everything Soviet with Russian.

In the countries of Eastern Europe, everything started with the introduction of such installations and eventually moved on to the fact that they began to demolish monuments to Soviet soldiers. In the Czech Republic, Poland, the Baltics, they began to destroy and blot out, wielding bulldozers and crowbars, the memory of those who actually gave life to Eastern Europeans. This is no longer just Jesuit, but satanic logic.

On the whole, it is obvious that there is not just a massive, but a squall attack not only and not so much on Russia as on the truth. The West spends tens of billions of energy recruiting liars and slanderers, creating fakes and rewriting history, with one goal: to present itself as the only good and saviour. This whitewashes their past and, accordingly, the present, and at the same time creates the balancer necessary for the Western model, when the pole of evil is needed (Russia was assigned to its role – to no purpose).

Disproof

This message is part of the Kremlin’s campaign on historical revisionism of WWII and is also consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin propaganda narrative about anti-Russian policies of aggressive West. According to Kremlin's policy, the official Russian historiography is the only “true” way of interpreting the historical events about WWII.

The European Parliament called the war the bloodiest tragedy of the century, which resulted in millions of victims of authoritarian regimes both of fascist Germany and the USSR. The European Parliament adopted a resolution, describing the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact of 23 August 1939 as a key element paving the way for the outbreak of World War II. The European Parliament also paid tribute to the victims of Stalinism, Nazism and other totalitarian and authoritarian regimes. Regardless of this, the Western historians acknowledge the role played by the USSR in defeating Nazism and do not question the Soviet contribution to the victory in WWII and the status of the USSR as a country which had won in WWII. The policy of the US or the EU is not directed against Russia or any other country.

There is no proof about what happened to Litvinenko and the Skripals

We do not know who poisoned the Skripals, Litvinenko, whether they were poisoned, we do not know whether Russia did it or not. We do not know who did it, and how, and why, but I will tell you an unpopular thing, that if I received evidence that some special services did it against the now employees of another special services, I would not mind.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the Skripal poisoning and the poisoning of a Russian-defector Alexander Litvinenko.

Moscow's involvement in the poisoning of the Skripals has been proven via a thorough investigation. The British Police have presented a solid chain of evidence on the Skripal case, with pictures, connecting the suspects to the locations in the case. Parts of the material have been released to the public. The evidence was sufficient to charge two Russian nationals, Anatoliy Chepiga and Aleksandr Mishkin with the attack on the Skripals, both Russian military intelligence operatives from the GRU, who travelled to the UK using fake names and documents.