Russian occupiers provided Hamas militants with US- and EU-manufactured trophy weapons that they captured during the hostilities in Ukraine. Defence Intelligence of Ukraine says Russia is preparing to discredit Ukraine in order to affect the allies’ attitude and impact on the supply of Western weapons.
Quote: "The aggressor state, Russia, is using the attack by Hamas terrorists on the state of Israel for a large-scale provocation against Ukraine.
Defence Intelligence of the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine is aware that Russian intelligence has already delivered trophy weapons manufactured in the US and EU and captured during the hostilities in Ukraine to Hamas militants.
The next step in the Russians' plan should be false accusations against the Ukrainian military of allegedly selling Western weapons to terrorists on a regular basis."
Details: Defence Intelligence believes that the Russian occupiers intend this fake news to form the basis of a series of "revelations" and "investigations" in the Western media.
Ukrainian intelligence also notes that the Russian secret services intend to use relevant comments made by Senior Lieutenant Ruslan Syrovyi, a traitor from the Ukrainian Border Service who recently fled to Moscow, to lend credibility to the allegations.
The aim of the Russian provocation is to discredit the Armed Forces of Ukraine and bring the flow of military aid to Ukraine from Western partners to a complete stop.
Update: Later, Dmitry Medvedev, Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of Russia, stated that the weapons the West had been supplying to Ukraine "are actively being used in Israel": "Then, these weapons, just like the weapons American runaways left in Afghanistan, will be uncontrollably used in all hot spots."
As usual, Medvedev did not post any proof of his words, not even fake ones.
- On 7 October, Hamas launched a large-scale rocket attack on Israel, with fires breaking out in cities. As of the evening of 8 October, the death toll in Israel due to the Hamas attack had exceeded 700, with over 2,200 injured.
- The Wall Street Journal reported that Iranian security officials had helped plan a surprise Hamas attack on Israel and gave the green light during a meeting in Beirut last Monday. The newspaper wrote that officers of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps had been working with Hamas since August to develop an air, ground and sea invasion plan.
- Iran's mission to the United Nations said Tehran was not involved in one of the bloodiest attacks on Israel in history.
- Israel claims it "severely degraded the capabilities" of the Palestinian militant group Hamas in a series of air strikes on Gaza that lasted until the morning of 9 October, the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) has said.