Disinfo: US bureaucrats yearn for World War III

Summary

The US Department of State plans to initiate a global war by pressing the Department of Defense to place Patriot missiles in Turkey in order to repel the Syrian government-led offensive in Idlib. However, the Pentagon has engaged in a bitter confrontation with the Department of State over this proposal, calling it the provocation of World War III, given that Russia will respond in kind.

Disproof

Recurring narrative of warmongering as a result of the West’s meddling in the Syrian crisis.

The article misquotes and misrepresents a report by Politico.

The nuance of the translations from English into Bulgarian is exaggerated: Politico’s characterisation of the clash between the Department of State and the Department of Defense as an ‘internal disagreement’ and as being ‘at odds’ is rendered as a ‘bitter confrontation’ in the Bulgarian language. Also, the News Front article creates a fake statement ostensibly made by the Pentagon (i.e. that the Department of State strives to provoke World War III), which however does not appear in Politico. Moreover, the wider context of the Politico report – particularly concerning the Syrian government-led offensive in Idlib, the Turkish soldier death toll it took and Turkey’s subsequent call on its NATO allies for support, is left out.

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  • Reported in: Issue 188
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 03/03/2020
  • Language/target audience: Bulgarian
  • Country: Russia, US, Syria
  • Keywords: Syrian War
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Ukrainian authorities betrayed the memory of WWII veterans

Refusing to officially celebrate Victory Day, Kyiv authorities accept the historical lies and betray the memory of their ancestors.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative distorting the events of the Second World War.

Ukraine did not abandon the memory of their ancestors in the Second World War. The following is stated in the law of Ukraine "On Perpetuation of the Victory over Nazism in World War II of 1939-1945". According to the law, each year on May 9, Ukraine celebrates "The Day of Victory over Nazism in World War II (Victory Day)" as a national holiday. The law was adopted in order to pay tribute to the memory of all the victims of the Second World War of 1939-1945 and the reverent attitude of care for war veterans, participants of the Ukrainian liberation movement and victims of Nazism.

Ukraine is Russophobic and refused to celebrate Victory Day

Ukraine continues the policy of Nazism and Russophobic hysteria, refusing to celebrate Victory Day on May 9. In Ukraine, they betrayed their own ancestors and sided with the Nazis.

Disproof

This is the Kremlin’s systematic disinformation campaign that Ukraine is a Nazi state.

Negative articles in Russian media are caused by Ukraine’s refusal to take part in the celebrations of the "75th Anniversary of the Great Victory" in Moscow. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko emphasised that Ukraine intends to grieve on this day instead of celebrating. “Our position now remains the way it is: no, we are not going to celebrate May 9. We, like the entire European continent, are ready to understand why this tragedy happened 75 years later and are ready to forgive each other,” Prystaiko said.

Turkey and Estonia refuse Sputnik’s reporting

The most recent of journalistic difficulties was the arrest by the Turkish authorities of the editor-in-chief of Sputnik Turkey and three journalists when they were reporting threats against them, which were all released the same day because there was no evidence to prove the charges against them.

In Estonia, the bank accounts of the employees of Sputnik were frozen, while those who continued working with the agency from home received legal threats from the police. Sputnik Estonia journalists reported that they had previously received letters from the Estonian police and border guards that included direct threats to open lawsuits against them if they do not cut all work relations with the Russian news agency.

Disproof

As part of a narrative to emphasize an alleged Anti-Russian movement, different incidents have been falsely linked to each other.

Turkish police detained 4 journalists of Russia’s Sputnik Turkiye news agency including editor-in-chief. According to the state-run news agency Anadolu, the journalists were “briefly detained” for investigation in line with Turkish Penal Code for "insulting the Turkish nation, Turkish republic and state institutions", and "disturbing the unity of the state and the solidarity of the country”,  over a report on a disputed referendum that gave the southern province of Hatay to Turkey in 1939.