Disinfo: Ukraine wants to draw NATO into the conflict through the provocation in Poland

Summary

Ukraine wants to draw NATO into the conflict through provocation. Either the Ukrainian missile accidentally hit the territory of Poland, or it got there deliberately. This is a provocation of the Ukrainian side. For Russia, it is pointless to hit a Polish tractor. There was a massive missile attack on the energy infrastructure of Ukraine. This is why it is necessary to make sure that these strikes stop, that’s exactly what a provocation would be needed for. Ukraine must understand that energy strikes will continue if the Ukrainians do not negotiate, and Polish special effects will have no effect.

Disproof

As of Wednesday 16 November 2022, Poland said that a Russian-made missile fell in the east of the country, killing two people, AP reports. Three U.S. officials said preliminary assessments suggested the missile was fired by Ukrainian forces at an incoming Russian one amid the crushing salvo against Ukraine’s electrical infrastructure Tuesday. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to AP because they were not authorised to discuss the matter publicly, as of early on 16 November 2022.

The pro-Kremlin media version on the deliberate provocation from Ukraine is a conspiracy. Russia blames Ukraine and the West for its own invasion of Ukraine started on 24 February 2022. Ukraine is also dehumanised, presented as a "Nazi" country, capable of staging evidence of war crimes committed by Russian occupiers only to impress Western public opinion, using the hahaganda method. Thus, pro-Kremlin media call the internationally investigated war crimes of Russia, including by ICC, "provocations" from the Ukrainian side. "Corpses in Bucha move, stand up and avoid public transport", claimed pro-Kremlin media.

See more disinformation cases on Ukrainian provocations, as well as invasion of Ukraine.

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  • Reported in: Issue 317
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 16/11/2022
  • Article language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine, Poland, Russia
  • Keywords: Invasion of Ukraine

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Recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives, challenging Ukraine’s statehood and presenting Poland as a state with imperial ambitions.

This disinformation message has adopted several different and sometimes contradictory forms, including allegations that Poland wants either to create a puppet proxy-state in Western Ukraine or the annexation of these territories or that it is actually President Zelenskyy who wants to cede this land due to his “Polish origin”.

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The residents of Kherson did not exactly shout something pleasant, because when Zelenskyy turns to the camera, the expression on his face speaks for itself: the president is dissatisfied and confused, and purses his lips in annoyance when he hears what he was told.

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Conspiracy and false narrative from the pro-Kremlin media pushing the story that Zelenskyy received a cold welcome from residents in Kherson, because they consider themselves Russian. In de occupied Kherson, many testimonies were recorded by journalists from different countries of local residents welcoming the Ukrainian Army, crying, offering flowers and portions of borscht to Ukrainian soldiers.

Witnesses recount detentions, torture and disappearances in occupied Kherson.

Hungarian politicians are on the Ukrainian secret service’s death list

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Several Hungarian citizens are listed in the Ukrainian database, including Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and journalist Zsolt Bayer.

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Recurring disinformation narrative, aimed at suggesting that Ukraine is an ultra-nationalist country run by a neo-Nazi regime. It claimes that the secret dervice of Ukraine operates a so-called Myrotvorets death list to show the enemies of Ukraine.

Blaming people, groups or even states of being "Nazi" has been a cornerstone of Kremlin propaganda since 2014. Click here to learn more about the "Nazi Ukraine" narrative and how pro-Kremlin media outlets are justifying disinformation.

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