Tag "Syria"

Russian military’s own exhibit debunks its claims that it hasn’t used cluster bombs in Syria

By Polygraph Igor Konashenkov Russian Defense Ministry spokesperson “Concerning speculation about cluster bombs – the Russian air force does not use (them).” Source: RIA Novosti False The defense ministry itself recently debunked its own claim from 2015 (Russian state media has shown cluster bombs being used in Syria). On July 25, the Conflict Intelligence Team (CIT), a team of investigative bloggers) reported that a Russian Defense Ministry exhibition contradicted claims

Russia’s Defense Ministry falsely blames Syrian rebels for an attack on a Turkish army outpost

By Polygraph Russian Ministry of Defense “Aircraft of the Russian Aerospace Forces made four bombing strikes against terrorists in Idlib, the Defense Ministry reported. The coordinates for the attack were indicated by Ankara. This happened after the allied terrorists of Jabhat al-Nusra fired at a Turkish army observation post, despite a cease-fire agreement.” Source: RIA Novosti False Turkey says the attack was by regime forces. On June 13, Russia’s Defense

Russian sources blame Coalition for destroying hospital in Syria, even before it was damaged

By Polygraph Sputnik News Russian state-owned media outlet “The Friday airstrikes of the US-led Coalition have completely destroyed a hospital in the Syrian city of Hajin in the eastern Deir ez-Zor province, Ikhbariya broadcaster reported.” Source: Sputnik, December 7, 2018 FALSE The hospital was still standing as of December 9. On December 7, the Russian state media outlet Sputnik published a story which claimed that U.S.-led coalition forces fighting the

“Not the murderer, but the murdered is guilty!”

By EU vs Disinfo As our favourite parody account Darth Putin frequently reminds us, one of the most repeated disinformation tactics is to accuse your counterpart precisely of what you are doing yourself. The aggressor presents himself as the victim and thus strengthens his core internal audience. External audiences that want to defend the aggressor get the “line to take” they can repeat in their local media, discussion forums and other

Lavrov: West is blocking chemical weapons inspections in Syria — Not True

By Polygraph Sergei Lavrov Russian Foreign Minister Commenting on the chemical attack that allegedly took place on Syrian territory, Lavrov noted that ‘such situations have happened in the past — 2016, Khan-Sheikhoun, 2017, East Ghouta.’ As the minister recalled, in the first case Russia insisted on an OPCW inspection, but ‘Western colleagues blocked the inspectors’ way’.” Source: TV Zvezda FALSE It is Russia and the Syrian regime who block OPCW

Picture Does Not Lie — Russian Claim to Have Captured Javelin Missile System is Wrong

By Polygraph Vedomosti Russian newspaper “At an exhibition of trophy weapons captured in Syria, held in the Moscow region near Kubinka as part of the forum “Army-2018,” the Russian Ministry of Defense showed the US anti-tank missile system (ATGM) “Javelin.” Source: Vedomosti, August 22, 2018 FALSE The weapon shown is not a Javelin. On August 22, the Russian news outlet Vedomosti reported on an exhibit of the Russian Ministry of

Russia tries everything to blacken reputation of White Helmets

By Sarah Hurst (@XSovietNews), for StopFake Russia escalated its long-running hate campaign against the White Helmets Syrian rescue group in response to the evacuation over the weekend of 422 volunteers and their family members to Jordan via the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. About 300 more have been unable to evacuate due to the fighting in Syria. The UK, Canada and Germany have offered to resettle those who do manage to escape.

Russian troops keep dying in Syria six months after Putin announced their withdrawal

By Polygraph Russian Defense Ministry, via Sputnik “Four Russian servicemen have been killed in Syria as a result of shelling by militants, the Russian Defense Ministry said. ‘Several groups of terrorists attacked an artillery battery of the Syrian government forces at night in the Syrian province of Deir ez-Zor. Two Russian military advisers, who directed the fire of the Syrian artillery, were killed on the spot. Five more servicemen were

RT: OPCW Got its Chemical Weapons Samples from ‘Jihadists’

By Polygraph RT Russian state-funded news agency A former British ambassador to Syria told RT the OPCW ‘s claim that chlorine was “likely used” in Saraqeb, Syria, in February is “seriously misleading” because it is based on evidence provided by “jihadists.” Source: RT FALSE The “jihadists” the RT story refers to are the White Helmets, a rescue organization. On May 17, RT published a story on the investigation of the alleged Saraqeb chemical

What the OPCW-FFM report on the Saraqib chlorine attack tells us about the Douma chemical attack

By Eliot Higgins, for Bellingcat May 16’s OPCW-FFM report on the February 4 2018 chemical attack in Saraqib, Idlib, reveals not only information about the Saraqib attack, but also the broader use of chemical weapons in Syria, and additional evidence to support the theory Syrian government forces were behind the April 7 2018 chemical attack in Douma, Damascus. Consistent with Bellingcat’s earlier investigation into the Saraqib chemical attack, the OPCW-FFM report establishes it

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