Disinfo: The US has evidence of Kyiv’s responsibility for the crash of MH17 in 2014

Summary

The US has evidence of Kyiv’s responsibility for the crash of MH17 flight in 2014. The US has photos and even a recording of a rocket’s contrail coming from the Ukrainian launcher.

Disproof

No evidence given. This claim is a part of a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on Flight MH17

The Dutch-led Joint Investigation Team has concluded that flight MH17 was shot down on 17 July 2014 by a missile of the 9M38 series, launched by a BUK-TELAR, from farmland in the vicinity of Pervomaiskyi. At that time, the area was controlled by pro-Russian fighters. The BUK-TELAR was brought in from the territory of the Russian Federation and subsequently, after having shot down flight MH17, was taken back to the Russian Federation.

Since July 2014, Russian authorities have been conducting a disinformation campaign together with the media they directly and indirectly control with the aim to cover up the truth about who shot down Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine. See here for more information.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 153
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 04/06/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian, Ukrainian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine, US, The Netherlands
  • Keywords: Ukraine, Eastern Ukraine, Donbas, MH17
  • Outlet: Riafan.ru, dnr-pravda.ru
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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on the EU and Eastern Partnership Programme.

This message attempts to induce the idea that Eastern Partnership is a failed initiative, without any arguments.

EU experts: No Russian meddling in the elections to the European Parliament 2019

The EU itself admits that no large-scale Russian attempt to interfere in the elections to the European Parliament was seen in the last months.The biggest chunk of the disinformation is, according to the EU experts, “motivated by the  populist and anti-establishment sentiment”. The observed “level of disinformation and online manipulation” is “normal”.

 

Disproof

Misrepresented quote. The claim refers to the Disinformation Review Issue #150, where one can read:

But in the final days leading up to the vote, their findings appear to be anticlimactic: expectations of a massive coordinated influence campaign, targeted hack-and-leak operation, or other dramatic cyberattack have seemingly fallen short. The observed level of disinformation and manipulated online activity has been pretty much, well… normal. And much of it, importantly, now appears to be home-grown – motivated by populist, anti-establishment attitudes that are gaining traction across certain segments of the European electorate, and not coordinated directly by Russia or its immediate proxies (but certainly promoted by them!).

Compared to past elections, it may indeed seem like we have gotten off easy. But before we breathe a collective sigh of relief, let’s ask ourselves – is this a “normal” that we are willing to accept?

Bucharest leads a “raider” policy towards Ukraine

Romania intensified its territorial claims to Ukraine. It leads a “raider” policy towards Ukraine. Propaganda of Bucharest in Bucovina region is intended to help this process.

In this context, the new unrecognised Ukrainian Church started to support Romanians.

Disproof

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin conspiracy about Romania, with previous record of questioning Ukraine's integrity.

There is no evidence that Romania would consider annexing parts of Ukraine. Romania is not conducting propaganda in the Bucovina region.