Disinfo: Ukrainian trace in Skripal poisoning

Summary

Given that Novichok was stored on the territory of the former Soviet republics, the Ukrainian trace is also possible.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory, no evidence given.

Many competing and contradictory stories promulgated by Russian state-controlled media, the only connecting thread being to confuse their audience and exclude any possibility of Russian involvement euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=sergei+skripal&disinfo_issue=&date=, .

The nerve agent has been identified as Novichok (which means newcomer in Russian). It is known to be more powerful than VX and was developed in Russia in the 1970s and 1980s www.voanews.com/a/british-prime-minister-russia-poisoning-spy/4294683.html, . It's so unusual, that very few scientists outside of Russia have any real experience in dealing with it and no country outside of Russia is known to have developed the substance edition.cnn.com/2018/03/13/europe/what-is-novichok-nerve-agent-intl/index.html, , theconversation.com/what-we-know-about-novichok-the-newby-nerve-agents-linked-to-russia-93264, .

In its statement, the European Union expressed shock at the offensive use of any military-grade nerve agent, of a type developed by Russia, for the first time on European soil in over 70 years. www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2018/03/19/statement-by-the-foreign-affairs-council-on-the-salisbury-attack/,

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 102
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 13/03/2018
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: USSR, Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Sergei Skripal
  • Outlet: Lenta.ru and others
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The conspiracy to poison Sergei Skripal and his daughter was arranged by Theresa May

In any case, this was organised by Theresa May, because she’s a friend of Gina Haspel, who has been just appointed director of the CIA.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory, no evidence given.

Many competing and contradictory stories promulgated by Russian state-controlled media, the only connecting thread being to confuse their audience and exclude any possibility of Russian involvement euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=sergei+skripal&disinfo_issue=&date=, .

US ‘rudely and insolently cheated Russia’ during Ukraine coup

“Our American partners called us and asked to do everything – and that’s almost a quote – to ensure that Yanukovich didn’t use the army, so that the opposition could clear the squares and governmental buildings on its own terms and go on towards the implementation of the agreement,”

The Western “partners” gave no warning about what he called a “coup,” which they supported.

 

Disproof

There was no coup in Ukraine four years ago. The demonstrations which began in Kyiv in November 2013 – called "Maidan", or "Euromaidan" – were not provoked from outside but were a result of the Ukrainian people's frustration with former President Yanukovych's last minute U-turn when, after seven years of negotiation, he refused to sign the EU–Ukraine Association Agreement and halted progress towards Ukraine's closer relationship with the EU as a result of Russian pressure. The protesters' demands included constitutional reform, a stronger role for parliament, formation of a government of national unity, an end to corruption, early presidential elections and an end to violence http://bit.ly/2ftv6iT. The European Union does not recognise the illegal annexation of Crimea and continues to condemn this violation of international law, and that Russia’s illegal actions remain a direct challenge to international security, with grave implications for the international legal order that protects the unity and sovereignty of all States.

Further debunking by Polygraph.info www.polygraph.info/a/ukrainian-maidan-was-not-a-coup/29098965.html,

Ukraine’s Military command announces punitive Donbas campaign and Crimea offensive

Ukraine’s military command announced a punitive campaign aimed at cleaning up Russian occupied Donbas and an offensive against Crimea.

Disproof

The source for this fake story cited by all media who disseminated it is an officer from Ukraine’s Military General Staff Colonel Yuriy Bobrov who held a briefing in Kyiv on March 6 to discuss Ukraine’s new law on reintegration of the Donbas and de-occupation of Crimea, Ukraine’s peninsula that Russia annexed in 2014. Not at any time during the briefing did Bobrov speak about a campaign or an offensive.