Disinfo: US private military contractors are preparing to use chemical weapons in Ukraine


US mercenaries (PMC) are preparing a provocation by using chemical weapons in war-torn Eastern Ukraine. Tanks containing unknown chemical agents have been transported to the cities of Adiyivka (Avgyeevka) and Krasny Lyman to carry out provocations.


A recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation message about an alleged US provocation being planned in Ukraine using chemical weapons.

There is no evidence to substantiate claims about the preparation for chemical weapons attacks. There are also no private foreign armies in Eastern Ukraine that would fight together with Ukrainian troops.

However, it is an established fact that Russian mercenaries fight with Moscow-backed armed formations in Eastern Ukraine. Russian President Vladimir Putin himself admitted that some Russian active-duty servicemen fight in non-government-controlled areas while they are "on holiday". The EU last month imposed sanctions targeting a Russian paramilitary company, Wagner, citing the group’s operations in Eastern Ukraine, Libya, Syria and the Central African Republic.

Russia is launching this kind of fakes to justify its military buildup along Ukraine’s border and to use them as a pretext for a possible invasion of Ukraine.

Read more disinformation narratives alleging that foreign mercenaries are fighting Donbas.


  • Reported in: Issue 270
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 15/01/2022
  • Article language(s) Hungarian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine, US, Russia
  • Keywords: Donbas, Chemical weapons/attack, Foreign mercenaries, US presence in Europe, Provocation, Eastern Ukraine
see more

Disinfo: Promises about non-expansion of NATO were thrown into a bin by the West

The promises made about non-expansion of NATO, about not building military infrastructure in the east, and no deployment of significant combat forces on the territory of new members, were simply rudely thrown into a bin by the West.

During the five waves of NATO expansion, the Alliance has come to the borders of Russia. Now it is actively developing these territories militarily, building up ground forces, aviation, increasing the scale of exercises in the Black Sea. All of these current actions of the West grossly violate the obligations previously assumed.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about NATO and NATO enlargement.

This claim has been debunked numerous times. There is no evidence that any Western leader ever gave assurances to former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev about NATO’s pledge not to admit new members. Gorbachev himself denied this claim in an interview in 2014. NATO members have never made any political or legally binding commitments not to extend the Alliance beyond the borders of a reunified Germany. Read more about the myths and realities of NATO enlargement.

Disinfo: Migration crisis on the Polish border is a result of American actions in the Middle East

All the refugee crises of the 21st century, including the crisis on the Polish-Belarusian border, are more or less an indirect result of the collapse of Iraq and the arson in the Middle East caused by America and its allies. The US policy has never taken into consideration anything other than the American interest, while the Polish authorities have never made any effort to distinguish the American interest from the Polish one.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the migration issues on the EU-Belarus borders.

The situation on the border was manufactured by Belarus as a response to EU sanctions imposed on Minsk for its oppressive measures against the political opposition. There is plenty of evidence that the Belarusian authorities have instigated the ongoing irregular migration flows to the EU borders via Belarus.

Disinfo: RT and Sputnik are censored only because of their funding

With the pretext to counter disinformation and misinformation, Western governments and some private companies linked to US secret services censor any voice that doesn't support the government propaganda.

For instance in France, NewsGuard Technologies Inc censors media like Sputnik and RT France only because of their foreign funding. France claims to be a democracy but only propaganda is allowed there.


Recurrent pro-Kremlin narrative about alleged censorship and lack of freedom of the press in the West.

In fact, RT and Sputnik are not media in the proper sense but rather weaponised instruments in the Kremlin's attemps to wage an information war against the West.