Disinfo: US sees Ukraine as air corridor for nuclear strike in Crimea

Summary

The US military views Ukraine as an air corridor for a nuclear strike on Crimea. In the event of a conflict between Washington and Moscow, Ukraine will automatically become one of the priority goals.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative undermining the statehood of Ukraine and US presence in Europe. The story came after US and Ukrainian jets "teamed up" for flights in Ukrainian airspace.

According to Air Force Command of Ukrainian Armed Forces, Ukrainian pilots have picked up the baton from Polish pilots. This event itself is planned to achieve interoperability between NATO countries and key Allied partners.

See more examples of disinformation messages alleging that Ukraine is a colony of IMF and George SorosUkraine is run by pro-EU oligarchic Nazis, supported by the USUS embassy controls decisions taken in Ukraine.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 199
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 29/05/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine, US
  • Keywords: Ukraine, Anti-Russian, US presence in Europe, Crimea
  • Outlet: Tsargrad
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The US/NATO defense systems in Eastern Europe can be used to destroy Russian defense potential

The multipurpose ocean system “Poseidon” is Russia’s asymmetric response to the dangerous concentration of the Pentagon and NATO’s strike potential in Eastern Europe. And to the formation of a US missile defense system there, which can be used to destroy the defense potential of the Russian Federation.

Disproof

Speculative statements, an attempt to justify the creation of weapons of mass destruction as a response to an alleged threat from NATO. Consistent with the recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on NATO belligerence towards Russia.

NATO's missile defence system is defensive and not directed against Russia. Bilateral agreements between the US and host nations do not allow missile sites to be used for any purpose other than missile defence. NATO's exercises and military deployments in the Eastern Europe not directed against Russia – or any other country. Exercises are designed to ensure that NATO forces are trained, able to operate together and ready to respond to any threat from any direction. NATO has reached out to Russia consistently, transparently and publicly over the past 29 years.

Pharmaceutical multinationals will block investigations into why COVID-19 has caused more deaths in Lombardy than in the rest of Italy

While Italy’s central and southern regions were hit by COVID-19 in an apparently less severe way, in the North the mortality rates were so high that local governments and the national government were thrown into profound panic. The Lombardy region was so severely scourged by COVID-19 that hospitals went haywire and doctors and nurses were plunged into desperation. It is doubtful that an investigation will be conducted into the deep reasons for this abysmal difference between the COVID-19 death rates in Lombardy region and in other regions in Italy. Such an investigation would challenge enormous interests, first of all the interests of pharmaceutical multinational corporations which produce vaccines. It would also challenge the interests of Italy’s political class, both of the right and of the left, which seeks to maintain its power.

 

Disproof

Conspiracy theory; no evidence given to support the article’s claim that multinational pharmaceutical companies wish to hide the truth and prevent any investigation into why Lombardy was so hit so much more severely than other Italian regions. The article suggests  that  vaccination campaigns conducted in Lombardy  before the outbreak of COVID-19 are the real reason why COVID-19 has caused many more deaths in the Lombardy region compared  to other Italian regions.

These messages are consistent with  the pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign about the coronavirus and attempts to push false health information, in this case promoting anti-vaccine messaging, which is also a recurring element of pro-Kremlin disinformation. The article merges the familiar pro-Kremlin conspiracy theory about a "Shadow Government" of all-powerful groups ruling the world with anti-vaccine messaging in context of the COVID-19 pandemic, suggesting that vaccines are just a profit-driven ploy by "Big Pharma".

Ukrainian economy will not survive without Russia

Ukraine will not be able to restore the economy to the previous level without the markets of Russia and the CIS countries. The expansion of Ukraine’s quotas in the EU markets, which Kyiv is seeking, will not save the Ukrainian economy. Ukrainian industry has never been guided by the European Union, which perceives Ukraine as a raw materials appendix.

Disproof

A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on Ukraine failing to survive without Russia and on Ukrainian economic relations with the European Union.

According to the World Bank, economic growth in Ukraine was solid at 3.2% in 2019, led by a good agricultural harvest and sectors dependent on domestic consumption. This was despite, or maybe because of, the fact that both imports from, and exports to, Russia have decreased markedly since 2013.