RUSSIAN state TV used footage of a US military plane landing in Alaska and a tank being unloaded in Bulgaria to falsely imply huge NATO arms deliveries were being made to rival Ukraine, it is claimed.
With tensions reaching boiling point over a large build up of Russian armed forces close to the Ukrainian frontier, the “fake” clips were shown to millions of viewers during one of Moscow’s most popular flagship shows.
The sequence highlighted a C-17 military transport plane landing on an airstrip, followed by a US Air Forcetransport plane from another angle, and then a serviceman unloading an unidentifiable aircraft, said BBC Monitoring which unmasked the alleged disinformation.
A voiceover on TV channel Rossiya 1’s Vesti Nedeli programme, hosted by pro-Vladimir Putin presenter Dmitry Kiselyov, said: “Never before has there been so much of the alliance’s military equipment on Ukrainian soil.
“These are transport aircraft of the US Air Forcebeing unloaded in Kyiv and Lviv.”
In English, the screen showed the words: “Breaking News – Amidst Ukraine-Russian Tensions, US delivers massive military hardware to Ukraine.”
Far from being in Ukraine, the C-17 landing was a clip from the US Defence Department filmed at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, said BBC Monitoring.
“In the US version, mountains can be seen faintly in the background of the aircraft, but in the Russian version, they are not visible at all,” it said.
And the unloading shows the US Abrams in Burgas, Bulgaria, where it took part in a joint exercise called Operation Speed and Power in 2015, it is claimed.
“Vesti Nedeli sourced the video it used from a YouTubechannel called U.S. Military News, which was created in April 2018, but which, judging from the videos on the channel, only started posting content six months ago,” stated BBC Monitoring.
“It is linked to the Twitteraccount of what appears to be an Indonesian user, which ceased tweeting in November 2018.
“The Twitteraccount does not appear to show any interest in military matters”
Most videos on the channel highlight alleged rising military tensions especially between the US and Russia and China.
The countries were supposedly “shocked” by US military activity.
“The same edition of Vesti Nedeli also used what appeared to be a made-up quote from a 19th century British prime minister to accuse the UK of harbouring aggressive intentions towards Russia,” said BBC Monitoring.
The same show earlier alleged Ukraine would require forced “deNazification” and branded its ex-comedian president Volodymyr Zelensky “commander-in-chief comic”.
A studio caption chillingly warned Ukraine was now “one step away from war”.
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