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Published On: Fri, Aug 15th, 2014

More Lies From Western-Backed Ukraine? Curious Case Of Military Convoy Story EARLIER This Week

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Western media is hyperventilating about reports that a Russian military convoy crossed into Ukraine over night, and that the Ukrainian military shelled and destroyed a significant portion of the convoy.  Even the so-called “alternative media” is working itself into a lather.  For example, ZeroHedge is running the following headline: “It Begins: Ukraine Troops Destroy Part Of “Armed” Russian Convoy, Stocks Crash.

While the world is busy digesting today’s reports, it’s important to take a long, hard look at what happened only a few days ago.   Earlier this week, many Ukrainian media outlets reported that 143 Russian military vehicles crossed into Ukraine.  The Ukrainian media were parroting a Facebook post allegedly made by Oleksandr Briginets, a member of the Ukrainian parliament.  Ironically enough, this story was debunked by Ukraine’s Minister of Internal Affairs, Arsen Avakov.  “It’s a fake,” Avakov said. “Why are you replicating it?”

One must wonder what Mr. Avakov has to say about today’s reports about a different “incident”?  Suffice it to say, it’s incredibly fishy that people within the Ukrainian government launched a propaganda psyop earlier this week about a Russian military convoy, only to see the same claim made regarding another convoy in the last 24 hours.

Russian officials vehemently deny today’s accusations.  RT.com reports:

Russia’s Defense Ministry has denied Kiev’s report that it “destroyed the Russian military column” which allegedly crossed into Ukraine, saying that no such column ever existed.

No Russian military column that allegedly crossed the Russian-Ukrainian border at night or during the day ever existed,” said Major General Igor Konashenkov, a spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry.

The best scenario would be, the official said, if it was a “phantom” that the Ukrainian military destroyed“rather than refugees or their own servicemen.”

The Defense Ministry’s comment comes shortly after Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced that his country’s artillery had destroyed a “significant” number of Russian military vehicles that allegedly crossed into Ukraine on Thursday night. Reports of the alleged incident had appeared in several Ukrainian and Western media outlets.

Earlier on Friday Russia’s Security Service (FSB) also denied the reports. Border guards have been deployed to provide security near the frontier, but they operate only on the Russian side, the FSB said.

The mobile military teams “operate strictly within the territory of the Russian Federation,” a spokesperson for the FSB Border Guard Service in Rostov region told RT on Friday.

Russia has stepped up security measures on its border with Ukraine as local residents are under constant threat because of “regular cross-border shelling” and an increased number of “mass border crossings” by the Ukrainian military, he explained. For that reason, FSB mobile border guards’ teams have been created.

Meanwhile, British media are muddying the information stream, giving the appearance of corroboration without providing hard evidence:

In an article published by The Guardian, reporter Shaun Walker said he “saw a column of 23 armored personnel carriers, supported by fuel trucks and other logistics vehicles with official Russian military plates, traveling [toward] the border near the Russian town of Donetsk.” Late on Thursday the convoy “crossed into Ukrainian territory,” he said. However, no photographic or video evidence of the incident was presented either in his article or in his Twitter feed. The photograph published with the text was taken on Russian territory.

The Telegraph also reported that “at least 23” Russian vehicles had crossed into Ukraine. The report is accompanied by a video also filmed on Russian territory.

Let’s be clear.  If there was Russian military crossing into Ukraine it was in the context of defending a humanitarian convoy.  That would be problematic for Russia.  It’s not uncommon for Red Cross or other international organizations – even the UN – to coordinate the safe delivery of humanitarian aid.  But the absence of neutral party protection would not justify shelling a humanitarian escort.

British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond was smart enough to color his public statements with this context:

Of course the humanitarian convoy itself is a separate issue, but if there any Russian military personnel or vehicles in eastern Ukraine they need to be withdrawn immediately or the consequences could be very serious,” he told reporters in Brussels, where European Union foreign ministers had gathered for an emergency meeting to discuss crises in Ukraine and Iraq.

But not surprisingly, NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen dutifully continued NATO’s consistent belligerent tone that has characterized its position on this conflict for months:

Last night we saw a Russian incursion, a crossing of the Ukrainian border,” he said Friday, adding that “it is a clear demonstration of continued Russian involvement in the destabilization of eastern Ukraine.”

It’s not clear what happened.  More time and further investigation is required.  But one thing is clear.  A segment of the Western-backed Ukrainian government and associated Ukrainian media propagated a lie about Russian military crossing the boarder earlier this week.  Are we seeing the same dynamic play out today?

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