EUvsDisinfo, a disinformation watchdog affiliated with the European Union’s foreign service, is reporting that Russia’s build-up of military forces along the Ukrainian border is being accompanied by a pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign trying to conceal the true breadth and intentions behind Russia’s build-up. According to a EUvsDisinfo report:
December 9, 2021 During the past couple of months numerous credible media outlets reported that Russia has deployed around 90,000 troops(opens in a new tab) and military assets in staging areas near to its border with Ukraine, referring both to official government sources and mainstream media. […] Despite overwhelming and publicly available evidence from credible sources, pro-Kremlin outlets have denied the existence of any deployments and continued to spread the disinformation about their purely defensive motives and NATO provocations. But should there be any deployments, in the twisted view of pro-Kremlin outlets, it is due to the imminent aggression expected from a Ukraine dominated by neo-nazis, who in a pro-Kremlin distortion have been trained by Western countries. Moreover, it is not Ukraine alone, but as per well-rehearsed disinformation lines, there is always the hidden hand of the United States and NATO, and their aggression and sinister motives behind the events. Age-old disinformation narratives by pro-Kremlin outlets of an alleged betrayal concerning NATO enlargement to the East, Russia being the victim of so called “anti-Russian” rhetoric, and Russia being encircled by hostile forces have also been dusted off and put yet again to use to give a justification for the Russian military deployments, and possibly more.
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The report notes that while Russia’s troop employments are similar to the build-up last April, this time, both the official rhetoric and the bellicose talk on pro-Kremlin outlets make the situation far more worrisome from both Ukrainian and the Western perspectives.
In April, we reported on similar pro-Russian disinformation efforts accompanying Russia’s military build-up along the Ukrainian border at that time.