사실 확인: 5 times official Russian statements conflicted with intelligence and on the ground actions

As its troops fight on the ground in 우크라이나, Russia is waging a parallel war of misinformation. Even before Russian forces crossed the border, Russian officials were crafting a narrative at odds with reality. Publicly claiming one thing while intelligence suggests another isn’t unusual, but Russia has gone so far as to insist its actions don’t constitute war or that it has no plans to impose forces even while Russian troops set off explosions in key Ukrainian cities and attempt to gain control of strategic sites.

Most recently following an attack on a hospital in Mariupol, a key city in the south of 우크라이나, Russian officials have repeatedly changed their narrative. 먼저, they stated Russia would never attack civilian targets, then claimed it was a false flag operation conducted by Ukrainian rebels, but they never took responsibility.
Here are five examples of Russian officials essentially trying to gaslight Western officials and the broader public regarding Ukraine.

    Mariupol hospital

      Russian statements
        After the March 9 attack which wrecked Mariupol’s maternity and children’s hospital, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov suggested civilians had not been present at the time.
        All the women in labor, all the nurses, 일반적으로, all the staff was driven out of there,” Lavrov 말했다 3 월 10.
          Reality
          Visibly pregnant women are present in videos and 사진 from the hospital after the attack. Mariupol’s city council 말했다 어린이, women and doctors were among the 17 injured in the attack.
          Ukrainian officials say Russian forces were behind the attack, though Russian officials have insisted that’s not the case.

          No attack

          Russian statements
          3 월 10, Lavrov flat out denied Russia had attacked Ukraine, 속담, “Russia has no plans to attack other countries. We have not even attacked Ukraine.
          Reality
          Lavrov’s remarks came more than a week after Russia’s initial invasion into Ukraine and as Russian forces attempted to seize control of several key Ukrainian cities. 예를 들면, authorities described the situation in Mariupol, which had been under siege from Russian forces, 같이 “위독한” due to heavy shelling. And a week before Lavrov insisted Russia had not attacked Ukraine, a Russian strike 히트 an apartment building in a city north of Kyiv, 적어도 떠나 33 죽은 사람들.

          A limited operation

          Russian statements
          When Putin dispatched Russian troops into the Donbas region in eastern Ukraine on February 22, 그 initially described it as apeacekeeping” 사명.
          And in a TV broadcast early on the morning of February 24 after troops had invaded Ukraine, Putin referred to it as aspecial military operation,” insisting it was limited to the Donbas region and stating that Russia doesnot plan to impose ourselves on anyone.
          Reality
          Russia’s presence in Ukraine is not limited. Their forces span most of the country, surrounding or attempting to surround key cities well beyond the Donbas.
          During and shortly after Putin’s speech, reporters on the ground 유명한 explosions could be heard in the capitol city of Kyiv as well as Kharkiv, the second largest city in Ukraine, and Odessa, a key port citynone of which are in the Donbas region. That same day, Russian forces took control of Hostomel airport just outside of Ukraine’s capital.

          In response to US aggression

          Russian statements
          Pushing back on reports of aggressive Russian troop positioning around Ukraine, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov suggested in an interview on December 11 that any movements of Russian forces were in response to US military presence and movements in the region.
          Russia is moving its forces within its territory, and we can move our forces in any direction we want and closer to the areas that could pose a threat [and currently] we see US warplanes landing in Ukraine and US military equipment approaching our borders,” Peskov 말했다.
          Reality
          Less than a week later, after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky met with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg to discuss Russia’s military build-up in and around Ukraine, 러시아 발표 it wanted a legally binding guarantee that NATO would give up any military activity in eastern Europe and Ukraine and end a nuclear sharing agreement which allows the US to keep its nuclear weapons in Europe and use aircraft from European members of NATO to deliver nuclear weapons if needed. These proposals were in response to what Russia sees as threats to their own security from Ukraine’s relations with NATO and NATO member nations.
          하나, the US has been providing aid to Ukraine since 2014, and US warplanes landing in Ukraine with military equipment is not unusual. Some small arms and ammunition from the US were 배달 to Ukraine days before Peskov’s remarks as part of a previously scheduled security assistance package approved in September. The US military also helps train Ukrainian troops, though CNN 신고 that the Pentagon would not go into detail about timelines for operations or deployments, nor would it say if any schedules changed in light of the buildup of Russian forces near Ukraine. The Pentagon did note that US Marines operate throughout the continent for training and exercises.

          No plans to attack

          Russian statements
          11 월 28, 2021, Peskov 말했다 state news agency TASS thatRussia has never hatched, is not hatching and will never hatch any plans to attack anyone.
          Reality
            며칠 후, a US intelligence report 경고 that Russia was planning to attack Ukraine in early 2022, The Washington Post first 신고.
            US intelligence regarding Russian troop movements and Putin’s decision to invade largely proved true. 몇 달 동안, Russia amassed forces along the border, underlying the premeditated aspect of the ultimate invasion in February. And in the weeks leading up to the invasion, the US widely shared that its intelligence suggested Putin would invade shortly.

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