Russian media allege US RAND Corporation plan to kill militants
A number of Russian media, as well as sites claiming to expose human rights violations in Ukraine, have published reports on the basis of a spurious text from the Before it’s News website
The reports are based on the following ‘news item’ from the website Before it’s News: Ukrainian President Uses RAND Corporation Plan In Eastern Ukraine
The alleged first two of three phases of the supposed plan give a taste for the quality of the report:
“The first stage implies total isolation of the region considering that all local citizens are terrorists or sympathizers. Region should be encircled with troops and sealed off entirely from any flow of goods and persons. Broadcasting services, Internet connection, telephone and mobile communications in the region shall be shut down.
The second stage is named Mop-up. Ground assaults shall be preceded by air strikes against the strategic facilities. The use of non-conventional arms is allowed.”
The ‘news’, Watcher notes, was posted by Russia Today, Lenta.ru, LifeNews and many other Russian media. It notes that despite the Before it’s News website regularly posting headlines like “Aliens Run Secret NSA Base Say whistleblowers”, and Irrefutable Proof That Michelle Obama Is a Man 24/7 (Video), it is often used by Russian journalists as a source of information.
Rossiya 24 does note that the information comes from the website but calls it an international information agency.
The site calling itself “Ukraine: Human Rights” fails to reveal the source of the information and presents the story as fact.