Disinfo: Only the US has the capacity to shoot down Ukrainian flight PS752

Summary

Kyiv is silent about another version, which is not associated with a technical malfunction. This is shooting down by an air defence system. In the current reality, only the US could do it.

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.”

Earlier, intelligence services of Canada and the United States informed that the Ukrainian plane was shot down by a surface-to-air missile minutes after departure from the Tehran airport.

Find here the EU statement regarding the incident.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 179
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 08/01/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Iran, Ukraine, US
  • Keywords: Conspiracy theory, PS752
  • Outlet: Moskovskyi Komsomolets, Politpuzzle

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Ukraine will help the US blaming Iran for shooting down PS752

Ukraine will side with the US, and, following orders of US leader Donald Trump, it will accuse Iran for the crash of the Boeing. The US made a detailed plan for the crash, choosing the Ukrainian plane because it knew the puppets in Kyiv will support Washington. Shooting down the plane was in the US’s interest.

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.”

A coup is taking place against the Church in Montenegro

A coup is being prepared in Montenegro against the church. Orthodox believers oppose the “Law on Religion Freedom”, whose democratic name hides the illegitimacy of schismatic groups. The new legislation will allow the state to confiscate all possessions of the canonical Serbian Orthodox Church aiming to its subsequent transfer to the unrecognised schismatic Montenegrin Orthodox Church. Despite the rejection of Orthodox believers, authorities insist on adopting the law. The ruling Democratic Party of Socialists is legally involved in its promotion, and its leader Milo Djukanovic who, as Prime Minister, ensured that the US’s will to integrate Montenegro into NATO was enforced.

Disproof

However unpopular it might be among some social sectors in Montenegro, the adoption of the so-called Law on Freedom of Religion or Belief and the Legal Status of Religious Communities is no “coup”. It was approved by the democratically-elected Montenegrin Parliament by a majority of lawmakers, and it was included in the political programme of the ruling Democratic Party of Socialists as part of the promotion of Montenegro’s autonomy.

The new regulation will not allow the confiscation of “every possession” of the Serbian Orthodox Church, as claimed. Under the law, religious communities in the tiny Adriatic state would need to prove property ownership from before 1918, when predominantly Orthodox Christian Montenegro joined the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, the predecessor of the now-defunct Yugoslavia. Though this would allow them to seize some, not all, of the properties whose previous ownership can’t be accredited, Montenegrin authorities repeatedly denied allegations that they intend to take any. The reference to NATO is an attempt to increase rejection of Montenegro’s ruling party among pro-Serbian readers.

Russia has never participated in the Ukrainian crisis

Russia has never participated in the Ukrainian crisis, nor have there ever been Russian soldiers there.
Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about the war in eastern Ukraine.

The war in eastern Ukraine was provoked by Russia. The Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has stated that “[t]he information available suggests that the situation within the territory of Crimea and Sevastopol amounts to an international armed conflict between Ukraine and the Russian Federation. This international armed conflict began at the latest on 26 February when the Russian Federation deployed members of its armed forces to gain control over parts of the Ukrainian territory without the consent of the Ukrainian Government.”