Disinfo: US and Ukrainian talk of Russian invasion is aimed at inflaming anti-Russian rhetoric

Summary

The authorities in Kyiv, the US and their allies claim insistently that Russia is amassing large numbers of troops, more than 100,000, near the Ukrainian border, "in preparation for a new invasion" of the Ukrainian lands.

Russia has insisted repeatedly that it will not conduct any military operation against Ukraine, stressing that no such reports exist and that the intention of these allegations is to ratchet up tensions in the region and inflame anti-Russian rhetoric to make the case for economic sanctions against Russia, and to justify NATO's expansion to the east, which Moscow strongly opposes, as it threatens Russian security.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives that are part of an ongoing disinformation campaign about Russia’s military buildup on the border with Ukraine. By accusing “Ukraine, the US and its allies” of being the driving force behind the escalation of tensions, this disinformation story aims to deny any Russian responsibility for the situation.

Moscow invaded Ukraine in 2014, occupies Crimea, and continues to fuel conflict in eastern Ukraine. What’s more is that since late October 2021, Russia has deployed more than 100,000 troops, as well as certain specialised military units, electronic warfare systems and heavy-armoured vehicles along the borders of Ukraine.

The European Union has stated that it will be standing firmly and decisively with Ukraine in front of any attempt to undermine its territorial integrity and sovereignty and has warned of severe political consequences and a high political and economic cost for Russia if it proceeds with further aggressive actions.

On the same note, both NATO and the G7 called on Russia to immediately de-escalate, pursue diplomatic channels, and abide by its international commitments on transparency of military activities.

Additionally, NATO enlargement is not directed against Russia. Every sovereign nation has the right to choose its own security arrangements and to enter into defensive regional alliances for purposes of self-defence. This is a fundamental principle of European security, reflected in the UN Charter, and is one that Russia has affirmed in myriad international and regional instruments such as the Helsinki Final Act.

Read more about the most prominent pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives surrounding the current Russia-Ukraine conflict in our recent analyses debunking the Kremlin Myths here and here.

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  • Reported in: Issue 272
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 25/01/2022
  • Article language(s) , Arabic
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine, Russia, US
  • Keywords: Ukrainian statehood, Sovereignty, War in Ukraine, Anti-Russian, Russophobia, Provocation, NATO, EU/NATO enlargement, West, Donbas, Eastern Ukraine
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Disinfo: America pushes Belarus to war through the actions of Poland and Latvia

Belarus does not need any war. But it is the Americans who push Belarus to these actions through the hands of the Poles and the Latvians. Belarus used to provide security in the region and this fact has always been appreciated. Why are they now pushing Belarus to these actions and making aggressors out of Belarusians since 2020? Today, the West is threatening Belarus.

Disproof

A recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Western attempts to organise a colour revolution in Belarus or destabilise this country. Poland, the Baltic states and the USA are presented here as countries with hostile and aggressive plans towards Belarus.

The claim that Poland, the Baltic states and the USA want to push Belarus to “war” is ungrounded. Poland is a neighbour of Belarus and it continues to support the Belarusian people. Poland respects the principles of international law and does not intervene in the domestic affairs of any country.

Disinfo: French people declare that Western policy towards Russia is a suicide

The French people talk about the West's "suicidal" policy towards Russia. The United States is dying and leading other Western countries to inevitable death, while its anti-Russian policy is also “suicidal”.

Disproof

Recurrent deceptive metonymy about US-European relations and Western-Russia relations.

An opinion of a consultant interviewed by a conservative media is being wrongly presented is a common attitude of the French society. Extending the opinion of one individual consultant to the whole French population is wrong and has been described as a manipulative technique. In reality, only 17% of the French population consider Russia as an ally while 53% consider the US as such (survey from Harris Interactive for MGH Partners (December 2021)).

Disinfo: Facebook violates freedom of speech by blocking Sputnik Arabic

Facebook is supposed to be a place for the exchange of various views until they do not violate the law. There should be no political censorship there. The blocking of Sputnik Arabic account is a violation of the right of the freedom of speech. It is an arbitrary decision on who has the right to express themselves through media and who does not. This behaviour of Facebook should be condemned.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative claiming that the West imposes censorship through its state institutions and private social media companies (such as Facebook and Twitter).

These claims seek to discredit Western mainstream media and Western liberal democracies.