Disinfo: West is behind Crimea bridge explosion


The terrorist attack on the Crimea Bridge is not only a provocation, but a declaration of war without rules. This is a very serious provocation, not only on the part of Ukraine, because Kyiv does nothing without instructions from the West. This is a challenge to us from the West itself.


The claim is disinformation, as details about the attack on the Crimea bridge were still very scarce when this disinformation story was released, only hours after it had taken place. No evidence was provided to support it except the vague allegation that “Kyiv does nothing without instructions from the West”. The goal of this disinformation narrative is to denigrate Ukraine by portraying it as unable to achieve military success by itself. Russia has also been pushing for a long time the narrative that it is fighting not only Ukraine but also NATO and the West as a whole.

See other examples of similar disinformation narratives in our database, such as claims that Russia is under US and NATO attack, that the West wants to weaken and ruin Russia and make everyone a colony, that Russia is fighting NATO in Ukraine, nor the Ukrainian army, or that Ukraine commits acts of terrorism in Crimea to intimidate civilians.


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  • Reported in: Issue 312
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 08/10/2022
  • Article language(s) Arabic
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine, Russia
  • Keywords: West, Crimea, Conspiracy theory, Sovereignty, Invasion of Ukraine, War in Ukraine
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Disinfo: Crimea is formally part of Russia

Until Khrushchev made the mistake of transferring Crimea to Ukraine in 1954, it was formally part of Russia, as it has been since 1783.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the illegal annexation of Crimea. Crimea is a part of Ukraine and was illegally annexed by Russia.

Crimea is an internationally recognised part of Ukraine. Іn 1997, by signing the Friendship Agreement with Ukraine, Russia also recognised that Crimea belongs to Ukraine.

Disinfo: More mentally ill people in Moldova now than in the Soviet period

Why today there are one and a half to two times more mentally ill people in Moldova than in Soviet Moldova? Blame inflation, high prices, the coming cold winter and events in Ukraine.


Recurring the pro-Kremlin narratives against the pro-European authorities in Moldova, accused of making people’s lives worse because of refusing to ask Russia for a better price for gas, but also for supporting Ukraine in front of Russian aggression.

In fact, the number of people with mental disorders in Moldova is decreasing, says the Ministry of Health. In 1981 (Soviet period), 109,856 people were registered, including the Transnistrian region. Now there are 70,955 people registered with mental disorders, excluding the Transnistrian region, which is not controlled by Moldovan authorities. It is also false to say that people have become mentally ill in recent months, when inflation has increased in Moldova and people are afraid of the cold and the war in Ukraine. Specialists say that in these circumstances symptoms of depressive states may appear, but not mental illnesses. More debunking details on StopFals.md.

Disinfo: The Donbass republics, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson regions, voted overwhelmingly in favour of joining Russia

In referendums held at the end of September, the two Donbass republics, as well as the Zaporizhzhia and Kherson regions, voted overwhelmingly in favour of joining Russia. On Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into law the unification treaties with the former Ukrainian territories, which officially became part of Russia.


Pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on the invasion of Ukraine and sham referenda on occupied Ukrainian territories aiming at justifying the annexation of Ukrainian territories.

Russia has held illegal referenda on four occupied oblasts of Ukraine (Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia, and Kherson) on September 23-26. Russia does not fully control the territories where so-called referendums are taking place.