An innaccurate infographic created and posted by the official Twitter account of Ukraine’s air force that compares the number of missiles dropped in Syria to those dropped in Ukraine has been widely condemned.
The graphic, which urges people to “realise the scale of the disaster”, wrongly claims that just one hundred missiles were dropped in Syria over five years and goes on to say that 1100 were dropped in Ukraine in just 22 days.
Ukranian disinfo, clearly
In fact, since September 2015, when Russia began its military engagement in Syria in support of President Bashar al-Assad’s administration, Syria has witnessed 45,000 military strikes.
Not all of them from Russia either. Some from the US. Many from Israel.
Since civil war broke out in Syria in 2011, Israel has carried out hundreds of air strikes on Syria’s territory
Israel has struck Syria “hundreds and hundreds” of times. Probably thousands by now. But who is counting? Certainly not the 5/6 eyes media!
“Whoever thought of this should be utterly ashamed of themselves,” wrote Anas Altikriti, founder of the Cordoba Foundation, which aims to “bridge the gap of understanding between the Muslim world and the West.”
“Almost no nation in modern times has suffered as much as the people of Syria, and to undermine their pain like this is cruel in the extreme,” his response read.
Meanwhile, Asim Qureshi, research director of Cage, a London-based campaign group, tweeted: “Genuinely disgusting tweet from an official account.
“This is weird and unnecessary propaganda,” read another tweet. “The destruction in Ukraine has been immense and does not need validation through minimizing others’ suffering.
Despite outrage in Western capitals over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, many countries, including some important US allies and partners in the Middle East, have been reluctant to confront Russia or support economic sanctions against Moscow.
The United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia appear to have prioritised relations with Moscow by rebuffing American pleas for increased oil supplies to soothe energy markets.
For months, US President Joe Biden and his administration have been trying to convince the two Gulf countries in particular to boost production, but both nations have rejected Washington’s overtures.
Saudi Arabia and the UAE say they remain committed to an Opec+ deal, declining to go beyond a plan agreed last year to month-on-month increases in production by 400,000 barrels a day.