Disinfo: Ukrainian militants are staying in Belarus to carry out a coup d’etat

Summary

About 200 extremists trained in Ukraine are currently in Belarus. Ukrainian militants are staying in Belarus to carry out a coup d’etat. At the same time, they are actively cooperating with the Polish special services. The coup d’etat in Belarus is carried out under their leadership. They involve their partners from Ukraine to do the dirty work.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the Belarus protests and about protests in post-communist countries in general, presenting them as being organised and controlled from abroad.

Neither in the text nor elsewhere is there any evidence that foreign forces are involved in the protests in Belarus. Large-scale protests began in Minsk on August 9 against the results of the presidential election, and then in other cities. People revolted against what they call election fraud but also against the aggressiveness of the police, who arrested and ill-treated hundreds of protestors.

Ukraine's foreign minister Dmitro Kuleba reacted to Sergey Lavrov's claims about the 200 Ukrainian extremists in Belarus:

“I don't even want to comment on this nonsense. The 200 Ukrainian extremists that Ukraine allegedly sent to Belarus to destabilise the situation, and the training camps for extremists in Ukraine are the fruit of the painful imagination of those who provided such information to my Russian colleague Sergey Lavrov."

On the other hand, Russia has openly claimed it is willing to intervene in Belarus if the situation escalates.

Read a similar case claiming that the West is preparing a colour revolution in Belarus.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 210
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 02/09/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Poland
  • Keywords: Sergei Lavrov, Military, Protest, Coup

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Poland wants to cut off and annex half of Belarus.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Belarus.

Reports that Poland is allegedly "preparing a coup d'etat" in Belarus appeared after the presidents of Lithuania and Poland,  in an appeal to the Belarusian authorities, called for respecting democratic standards and stopping violence and repression against participants in mass protests. 

Belarus is surrounded by foreign troops

Foreign military surrounded Belarus. The West has increased intelligence against Minsk, as well as deployed a foreign contingent to the borders. More than 10 thousand soldiers, 40 combat aircraft and 500 units of heavy military equipment are located near the borders of Belarus.

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NATO neighboring countries are increasing their military presence and intelligence activities towards Belarus.

Disproof

No evidence given. This is part of a Russian disinformation campaign on post-electoral events in Belarus, merged with recurrent pro-Kremlin narratives portraying NATO as an ever-aggressive organisation.

In an earlier statement, NATO has dismissed allegations that it was conducting a military buildup near the country’s western border but said it was closely monitoring the situation following his contested re-election.

Visa liberalisation for Ukraine “bites the dust”

Visa liberalisation for Ukraine “bites the dust”. One of the most important achievements of the “Ukrainian Maidan”, which ex-President Petro Poroshenko was so proud of, visa-free visits to the EU countries were cancelled indefinitely due to the coronavirus epidemic. However, even after opening the borders, “visa-free” travel will not return in its previous form, or rather, only the name will remain from it.

It is no secret that Ukrainians massively used the opportunity to travel to the EU for illegal work. From 2021, the European Union is introducing an electronic system to comply with the rules of the visa-free regime, which will be impossible to deceive. It will be possible to use “visa-free” only for tourist purposes, or to visit relatives, and for no more than 3 months.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives claiming that the EU and the West, in general, have abandoned Ukraine, and more specifically about the visa-free travel and ETIAS system.

The introduction of the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) is not only dealing with Ukraine. It will affect citizens from all countries which do not need entry visas to the EU.