Disinfo: The US is prolonging war in Ukraine to benefit from weapons sales

Summary

The US has economic and financial interests to prolonging the conflict in Ukraine, because the US companies reap massive benefits from the weapons sales. The US also benefits from more European demand of US liquefied natural gas.

Disproof

Pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative aiming to undermine Western support provided to Ukraine for its defence against Russia’s unprovoked aggression. In fact, the opposite is true: US outlets such as The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal reported in early November 2022 that US officials privately asked Ukraine to open to the possibility of negotiating a diplomatic settlement. One of the reasons, according to The Wall Street Journal, is precisely the decreasing capabilities of US arsenals. “The U.S. and some of its allies are concerned that their stockpiles of weaponry, including some ammunition, are being depleted at an unsustainable rate”, the article states.

Multiple US officials and experts have expressed concern at the depletion of US weapons arsenals by the war in Ukraine and warned that the current rate of use cannot be sustained unless defence production is ramped up, which is not easy. A similar trend is taking place in other NATO and European countries. Therefore, allegations about the US wanting to prolong the war to sell more weapons are not supported by facts.

See other examples of similar disinformation narratives, such as claims that US companies promote war in Ukraine to sell weapons, that the EU mindlessly invests heavily in prolonging hostilities, that Western military aid to Ukraine only will cause more suffering, and that the West can save Ukraine by stopping the weapon deliveries.

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  • Reported in: Issue 317
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 14/11/2022
  • Article language(s) Spanish
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: US, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Invasion of Ukraine, Warmongering, Capitalists

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EU countries seek to take control of part of the Ukrainian territories

The European Commission's preparations for the transfer of military forces to the East, to the borders of Ukraine, suggests that EU countries seek to take control of part of the territories of Ukraine, pursuing their own economic interests.

Poland and Hungary want to take control of specific territories of Ukraine. The rest of the countries of Europe also wondered why they should be on the sidelines. Therefore, now such a solution is being developed with all sorts of corridors and transfers.

Also countries that do not have a common border with it Ukraine will benefit from this - Czech Republic, Germany, France would take some territories of Ukraine, preferably the most fertile, rich in minerals. And now such mechanisms are being worked out.

Disproof

Recurring narrative presenting Poland, Hungary and other EU countries as states with imperial ambitions. This is a cynical attempt to indirectly draw other countries into Russia's unjustified and unprovoked invasion of Ukraine.

The assertion that Ukrainian territories will be taken by other EU countries is unfounded. EU member states adhere to international law regarding state borders, fully support the independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine, do not make any claims on Ukrainian territories and reject “imperial” ambitions towards other countries.

US claims that demilitarisation of Ukraine could be the path to peace

According to the US, demilitarisation of Ukraine could be the path to peace. Peace in Ukraine can be achieved through Austrian-style demilitarisation.

Disproof

Pro-Kremlin disinformation with no factual basis, as the US is not seeking the "demilitarisation" of Ukraine. The source cited in the NewsFront-article is a former US-senator. However, this senator is not representative of the entire USA and is not an official representative of the USA, which is why the statement that the entire USA is seeking demilitarisation along the line of Austria is misleading.

The US and EU did not aim to escalate relations with Russia and were not preparing for military conflict. Neither the European Union nor Western countries have declared war to Russia or want to escalate the war in Ukraine. Western nations have always been calling for solving all problems with Russia in a peaceful and diplomatic manner. Moscow’s overall aggressive policy has led to a tougher and better-balanced policy towards it by the West.

Russia fights the collective West, not just Ukraine

It is clear that the majority of weapons, ammunition, military equipment and equipment transported from the USA to Europe is transported to Ukraine. As for the 16,000 additional American soldiers in Europe, at least some of them are also in Ukraine They appeared there as real foreign mercenaries and volunteers and fighting alongside Ukrainian servicemen against the Russian army.

That is why Russian armed forces were forced to withdraw from Kherson. Because Russia is not only fighting against Ukraine, but also against the USA, NATO, the entire collective West led by the United States.

Disproof

This is a recurring disinformation narrative from pro-Kremlin outlets claiming that the West, the US and NATO are directly involved in Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine, thereby justifying the withdrawal of Russian units from Kherson.

The West is not at war with Russia or the Russians. Since Russia launched its full-scale unjustified aggression against Ukraine on 24 February 2022, the West has been calling for Russian withdrawal from Ukraine and a peaceful settlement. The West is not interested in the continuation of the war at the heart of Europe.

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