Was Canadian General Trevor Kadier just arrested while trying to escape the Azovstal factory in Ukraine?!
Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!
Claim : Canadian General Trevor Kadier Was Arrested At Azovstal!
People are claiming that Canadian General Trevor Kadier was just arrested trying to escape the Azovstal factory in Ukraine!
Here are two examples, with a photo used to prove that he was arrested by Russian forces at Azovstal :
No Evidence Canadian General Trevor Kadier Was Arrested At Azovstal!
Bearing in mind that it is impossible to prove that something does not exist (Russell’s teapot), I can safely say that there is NO EVIDENCE that Canadian general Trevor Kadier was arrested at Azovstal.
In fact, here are the reasons why it is virtually impossible for Russia to have captured General Trevor Kadier at all…
Fact #1 : There Is No General Trevor Kadier
There is no Canadian general called Trevor Kadier.
There is, however, a Lieutenant General Trevor Cadieu, who retired from the Canadian Armed Forces on 5 April 2022.
Fact #2 : That Is Photo Of Ukrainian Soldier
The photo that has gone viral does not show General Trevor Cadieu, but a Ukrainian soldier who appears to be much younger.
The photo is actually a screenshot of a video that shows Ukrainian soldiers who were arrested by Donetsk People’s Republic forces.
Fact #3 : Photo Was Taken In Donetsk Months Ago
The video was recorded on 24 February 2022, at a village in the Donetsk Oblast called Petrovsky, not at Azovstal.
That was almost two months before Russian forces took control of most of the city on 21 April 2022, and almost 3 months before Ukrainian forces at Azovstal started surrendering on 16 May 2022.
Fact #4 : Cadieu Volunteered In Ukraine As A Private Citizen
After his retirement from the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), several defence sources say that Cadieu travelled to Ukraine to volunteer against the Russian invasion.
This was in his personal capacity, as he had already retired from the CAF, and was now a private citizen, as Defence Department spokesman Daniel Le Bouthillier explained in a statement :
Fact #5 : Russia Surrounded Mariupol Since 2 March 2022
While no one really knows where Cadieu is right now, it would be quite impossible for him to enter Mariupol, after his retirement on 5 April 2022.
That’s because Mariupol was amongst the first Ukrainian cities to be attacked by Russian forces that completely surrounded it three weeks into the war.
There was no way for Ukrainian civilians and soldiers to leave Mariupol, and no way for anyone to get into the city after it was completely surrounded on 2 March 2022.
By the time Cadieu resigned, the Russians had already captured most of Mariupol, except the massive Azovstal steel plant. It would literally take a miracle for Cadieu to get into the Azovstal plant.
Fact #6 : Cadieu Would Be Useless In Mariupol
Even if it was possible to smuggle him into Mariupol in early April, it would also be illogical to insert Cadieu into a besieged city where he can do little good.
Cadieu is a retired general whose days of firing guns from the trenches are long past. In fact, he would be more of an impediment in the defence of the Azovstal steel plant.
He would be far more useful strategising Ukraine’s defence, or acting as a military liaison with the Canadian government.
Fact #7 : There Are No NATO Forces In Ukraine
NATO Allied Land Command also confirmed that “there are no NATO forces or leaders in Ukraine in any capacity“.
So the claim that NATO officers were also captured is false. If any NATO officer was captured, again – you can be sure that the Russians would have paraded them on TV.
Fact #8 : Russians Would Have Paraded Captured Cadieu
If Russian forces did indeed capture Cadieu, they would have paraded him on Russian TV, just like they did with two British volunteers they captured – Shaun Pinner and Aiden Aslin.
Yet the Russians did no such thing. In fact, the only “sources” of these claims are no-name blogs in Russia and China, as well as WhatsApp and Telegram groups, and random people on Twitter and Facebook.
There is simply no evidence of Cadieu being captured by Russian forces. Not even a picture.
Fact #9 : DPR Rep Confirmed Cadieu Not Arrested
Official Russian news agency, TASS, reported on 28 April 2022 that Cadieu “may be holed up” in the Azovstal steel plant.
Their source was Eduard Basurin, the spokesman for the People’s Militia of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), who gave no evidence for his claim.
In fact, Basurin appeared to be making up that claim based on the Canadian Defense Ministry announcing that Cadieu had resigned.
As I pointed out earlier, it would be impossible for Cadieu to be present in Azovstal, unless he went AWOL from the Canadian Armed Forces and entered Mariupol before 17 March 2022.
Also, there were several ceasefires during which civilians managed to escape. Cadieu was not amongst them.
More importantly, Basurin confirmed that Russian forces did not capture Cadieu.
Fact #10 : All Captured NATO Officer Claims Proven False
This fake story is part of the false NATO forces narrative that have proven to be false at every instance :
- Secret NATO Headquarters Under Azovstal Exposed?!
- Did Russia Capture US General Roger Cloutier In Azovstal?!
- Did Russia Capture Canadian General Cadieu In Azovstal?!
- Is Hunter Biden Trapped In Azovstal With NATO Generals?!
- Was Captured Canadian General In Charge Of NATO Biolab?!
- Did Russia Capture US Admiral Eric Olson In Azovstal?!
- Did Russia Capture NATO Officers After Fall Of Azovstal?!
IMHO, Russia is pushing this narrative to shift the blame for losing thousands of tanks and armoured vehicles, and almost 30,000 soldiers to the much smaller Ukrainian army.
It could not have been the Ukrainian army that did this to the much vaunted Russian army. It must have been NATO!
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