Disinfo: West plans Maidan in Belarus with the help of Ukrainian fighters

Summary

The West intends to organize a Maidan in Belarus with the help of Ukrainian fighters and weapons. President Lukashenko wants to improve relations with the West by resolving the conflict in Ukraine. However, the West is disorganised and does not have a common position over Ukraine, which makes conflict resolution impossible.

Belarusian authorities understand that Ukrainian state is in crisis, may soon collapse and be replaced by oligarchic and criminal entities.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about the Western attempts to instigate colour revolutions in the EU neighbourhood, including in Belarus. Examples of earlier disinformation cases are here and here.

The disinformation message also involves pro-Kremlin narrative about the upcoming disintegration of Ukraine.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 137
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 25/01/2019
  • Language/target audience: Belarusian
  • Country: Ukraine, Belarus
  • Keywords: West, Ukrainian disintegration, Colour revolutions
  • Outlet: Sputnik Belarus Teleskop
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Russia has never initiated a military conflict

Russia does not threaten “any country in the world” and has never initiated a military conflict. Russia always acts as a peacemaker in solving complicated international problems.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about peaceful Russia that contains disinformation about the war in Ukraine and war in Georgia.

Since 1991 Russia was involved in several international conflicts, including intervention in neighboring states, such as Georgia in 2008 and Ukraine in 2014.

Ukraine plans to destabilise Belarus through its TV channel

One of Ukraine’s foreign policy objectives is identical to the West’s, i.e. to democratise Belarus, to overthrow Alexander Lukashenko, to impose Euro-Atlantic integration on Belarus and to rip it off Russia. With this aim, Kyiv has been attempting to broadcast its UATV channel on Belorussian TV to spread its content in the country. Furthermore, Ukraine tolerates arms trafficking to the territory of Belarus. Therefore, whereas Belarus plays the role of security donor for Ukraine, Ukraine undermines Belarus’ security.

Disproof

No evidence given for the EU's or Ukraine's plans to destabilise Belarus or to change its political regime. Neither the EU nor Ukraine have such foreign policy objectives. As for the alleged arms trafficking from Ukraine to Belarus, in late 2018, the heads of the Ukrainian and Belarusian state border committee  publicly acknowledged that no organised channels of arms trafficking exist.

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about the threat of Ukraine's TV channel to Belarus, Maidan protests ignited by the West and about Western attempts to instigate colour revolutions in the EU neighbourhood and to organise Ukraine-like Maidan protests in Belarus.

Terrorists preparing a chemical attack in Idlib supported by the White Helmets

Around the 26th of January the al-Nusra terrorist organisation, supported by the White Helmets, transported several containers of chlorine gas to the southern part of the Idlib province in Syria. The containers, placed in the Khan-Sheikhun depots, are meant to be used against civilians, either in this area or in another location.

Disproof

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about the involvement of the White Helmets in planning chemical attacks, in cooperation with the al Nusra group, against civilians in Idlib in order to blame the Syrian government for such attacks.

The White Helmets, a search-and-rescue organisation based in opposition-held areas in Syria, have been one of the main target of disinformation campaigns orchestrated by the Kremlin.