'3,600 US Tanks in Europe' - Truth or Fake News from DONi Donbass News Agency?
The DONi News Agency has published widely spread news about massive US military deployments to Europe, having provided several sources to confirm the alarming information that the US Army was concentrating thousands of tanks to European theatre against Russia.
Link: US sends 3,600 tanks against Russia - Massive NATO deployment underway (DONi News, 4.1.2017)
Unfortunately this DONi News article has been used widely as an example of "fake news in the media". The latest example of total misunderstanding of the facts came in a German mainstream media, where a popular comedy TV-show used the DONi News article as an example of "pro-Russian fake news" (time: 04:00).
But factually there is nothing in the orginal DONi News article what could make it an example of "fake news".
I want to let you know that we haven't got any demands to correct given numbers. Both information sources included in the article about US armoured fighting vehicles - so-called "tanks" - deployed to the Netherlands and to Russian borders are using the word 'tank' absolutely correctly:
According to statements by the US Army Europe, 4,000 additional troops and 2,000 tanks will contribute to and strengthen the alliance’s deterrence and defense. - WSWS
US to ship 1,600 tanks to Dutch arms depot in ‘clear message’ to Russia - RT News
You really have to understand that we haven't claimed that those mentioned 3,600 deployed US tanks were 'Main Battle Tanks', but US armoured fighting vehicles:
'A tank is an armoured fighting vehicle designed for front-line combat' - source: Wikipedia
In the given news sources the description "tank" was used correctly, and information about deployments was given by the western military officials. DONi News Agency counted numbers from different sources and gave the massive total amount out in single article. And certainly we were not talking only about "Main Battle Tanks", like US M1 Abrams, but all the kinds of US armoured fighting vehicles, which are being deployed from USA.
It should be noted that the given number of 3,600 US tanks is far too low than the real number of deployments, because we know very well that together 8 huge cold-war era underground caves in Norway are filled with US tanks and other military equipment, and also many deployments have been done in the past +2 years especially to the Baltic countries, Poland and Romania.
If we count all the public information on US fighting vehicles deployed to Europe to face the so-called "Russian aggression" in the frame of NATO-operation "Atlantic Resolve" the real number of massive tank deployments can easily be even a double of the previously mentioned 3,600. And numbers are only growing.
To be realistic, we should count together all other NATO tank deployments too, like from Britain, Germany and other NATO-countries to the Russian borders. When using some time to make your research, you can easily understand that the real number of NATO-tanks is far higher as it was published in the DONi News.
So, we urge you to make your homework and check the information. There is nothing fake in alarming news about western war preparations and aggression against Russia and its allies. What should be understood is that the real "fake news" in the West are those mainstream media sources, who are not telling you all these facts and who are accusing as liars those of us, who are offering truthful numbers and other concealed information about US-EU-NATO aggression.
Janus Putkonen, director
DONi News Agency