Disinfo: Ukraine was staging a terrorist attack before Putin’s visit

Summary

People who are in contact with Ukrainian special services are trying to transport explosives [to Crimea] through Perekop. There was even an attempt to stage a terrorist attack on the Crimean bridge a week before the arrival of the President of the Russian Federation.

Disproof

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Ukraine allegedly supporting terrorism.

See previous disinformation narratives alleging that Ukraine supplies weapons to terrorists in Syria and that Ukraine is preparing an attack on nuclear facilities in Russia.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue181
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 13/01/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Terrorism, Conspiracy

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Downing of PS752: The West is demonizing Iran

The West accuses Tehran of involvement in the crash of the Ukrainian Boeing 737 in order to “demonize Tehran” and justify the US strike on Iranian military leader Qassem Soleimani. The indictment campaign launched by a number of Western media indicates that this is an information attack against Iran.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory about the downing of the Ukrainian flight PS 752.

Iran has recognised that its military forces unintentionally shot down the passenger jet. On January 11, the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran Hassan Rouhani wrote on Twitter: “Armed Forces’ internal investigation has concluded that regrettably, missiles fired due to human error caused the horrific crash of the Ukrainian plane & death of 176 innocent people.”

Poland and the Baltic States are preparing for a future war with Russia

By comparing Hitler and the Soviet Union, Poland and the Baltic States, they are preparing the case for reparations, contributions and punishment of Russia, in case their campaign of weakening and dismembering Russia succeeds. It is a preparation for a future war.

They are reconstructing a Western public opinion about Russians and it is dangerous. When people stop being sympathetic to others it is easier to demand not just for reparations but also physical destruction of millions of people.

 

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Poland and the Baltic States. See similar disinformation cases:  Poland is threatening Russia;Lithuania and Poland conduct aggressive hybrid war against Russia. 

The disinformation message is also consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin narratives about the impeding war, and encircled Russia.

The Iranian air-defence operator might have been recruited by US intelligence

PS752 was shot down deliberately to exert additional pressure on Iran from the United States during the alleged acute phase of the crisis between Iran and the United States, which had a chance to develop into an open regional war. In the framework of this version, it could be suspected that the [air-defence] operator may have been recruited by US intelligence or blackmailed, or the system was captured in an act of sabotage by the US or its affiliated forces.

Disproof

An unfounded conspiracy theory. Iran has officially admitted the downing a result of a human error and has allowed independent experts access to the crash site.

Find here the EU statement regarding the incident.