Disinfo: US transfered jihadist groups in Eastern Ukraine to prepare a provocation against Russia

Summary

Aggressive American posturing lately suggests that they have the temptation to provoke a military scenario. It is not at all obvious that they intervene directly. According to Russian military intelligence, there are many jihadist groups that have landed on the front line on the Ukrainian side and it is feared that there are provocations that are being implemented.

Disproof

This claim contains a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about US provocation against Russia amid international concerns about Russia’s military buildup near Ukraine, which led to fears of an eventual invasion. Additionally, it assimilates alleged NATO’s warmongering with jihadism.

There is no evidence to back the claim that the US is preparing provocations using jihadist groups in Donbas. Read more about the most prominent pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives surrounding the current Russia-Ukraine conflict in our recent analyses here and here.

See other examples of similar disinformation narratives claiming that: Ukraine mulling over armed provocations in Donbas, Chemical weapons “provocations” are being prepared by the Ukrainian Military, Chemical weapons “provocations” are prepared in Donbas, The West is preparing provocations in Ukraine.

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  • Reported in: Issue 272
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 15/02/2022
  • Article language(s) French
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine, US, Russia
  • Keywords: NATO, Jihad, Donbas, Provocation, War in Ukraine, Ukraine, Eastern Ukraine, Islamic extremism
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Disinfo: Just like Russiagate, Western hysteria about Ukraine is based on false information

The United States, and the West in general, thanks to their media domination, are trying to impose on the world an idea that what is happening is Russian aggression against Ukraine. Russia did absolutely nothing in Ukraine, but the hysteria in the Western press was effectively equal to Russiagate, the source of which, as we later learned, was a paid report by Hillary Clinton, based on false information from a former British intelligence officer, Christopher Steele.

Disproof

This article contains at least two recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about Russia doing "absolutely nothing in Ukraine" and that Russiagate has no basis in reality.

First, the war in Ukraine is a well-documented act of aggression by Russian armed forces, ongoing since February 2014. There is irrefutable evidence of direct Russian military involvement in Eastern Ukraine, in the Donbas. Russia is supporting its proxies with weapons, its active-duty soldiers serve there and its top military commanders visit the war zone to coordinate joint efforts with the separatists.

Disinfo: The US needs war between Russia and Ukraine to weaken Russia

The US wants to wage a war between Russia and Ukraine. The point is to weaken Russia. It is the American aim since 1946. Russia is a military opponent, the only country in the world which could destroy the US. Therefore, the point of the US is to weaken or even cause Russia to collapse.

Disproof

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

The US is not evaluating Russia as the enemy. As it is explained on the website of the Department of State, the US “supported Russia’s integration into European and global institutions and a deepened bilateral partnership in security cooperation to reinforce the foundations of stability and predictability” but could not continue this kind of policy because “Russia ultimately rejected this approach”. Washington also reacted to the aggressive behaviour of Moscow aiming to undermine core institutions of the West, "such as NATO and the EU, and to weaken faith in the democratic and free-market system."

Disinfo: Polish soldiers carried out mass executions of migrants at the Belarusian border

The Polish soldier testified that at the beginning, there were no signs that he and his companions would be forced to kill people. The soldier admitted that between 9 and 18 June 2021, he had been killing 20 persons each day at the border. The Polish soldiers did not talk about the killings between each other. Based on his data, between 200 and 700 people could have been killed in the mass executions. The places for execution were different each time. The soldiers received ammunition for their guns immediately before shooting at the migrants.

Disproof

Disinformation related to the migration situation at the EU - Belarus border.

Belarusian and Russian propaganda are using fake statements from a Polish deserter soldier Emil Czeczko, who makes groundless claims about “mass executions” of migrants in Poland.