This week we commemorated again the tragic loss of 298 lives on the 17th of July 2014, when Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine. As the subject of one of the most extensive and persistent of all pro-Kremlin disinformation campaigns, the MH17 tragedy is something we have written about many times before.

This week, entirely predictably, came another blatant attempt to confuse; namely, a story that the flight was not downed by a Russian BUK-missile – as concluded by The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) – but was destroyed by an explosion inside the plane. This, and many other conspiracy theories have been debunked by Bellingcat simply by pointing to the open source evidence that is publicly available to all.

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But the main dish of disinformation this week was a mix of several favourite pro-Kremlin ingredients: historical revisionism, NATO, Nazis and the Baltic states. It all started with another commemoration, namely the film produced by NATO about the so called ‘Forest fighters’, the resistance movement against the Soviet occupation of the Baltic states.

We will write about this disinformation operation in detail on our website. Here, let us just say that pro-Kremlin outlets managed to turn this story into claims that NATO glorifies Nazi collaborators – see for example on RT and Sputnik.

This was not the only time that NATO actions were likened to Nazi behaviour this week. For example, the NATO Enhanced Forward Presence in the Baltic states and especially the German-led battalion in Lithuania were said to be comparable to operation Barbarossa.

So, a NATO member, inviting other member countries to train together in order to reinforce NATO’s collective defence is comparable to a hostile invasion of another country by a Nazi regime. Read that sentence once more. Furthermore, NATO was blamed in Sputnik for creating a conflict between Moscow and Kyiv, a claim that clearly forgets that it was in fact Russia – not NATO – that illegally annexed a part of Ukraine in 2014.

Science fiction in Ukraine

As usual, Ukraine is a frequently occurring target in pro-Kremlin disinformation. Some of the more astonishing allegations were even brought to us by the TV channel owned by Russia’s Ministry of Defence. Through the years we have seen some truly outrageous claims about Ukraine, from the ludicrous – for example the claim that the Ukrainian army have zombies fighting within their ranks – to the utterly offensive – most infamously the false claim that Ukrainian forces crucified a three year old boy in the east of Ukraine.

This week, in an echo of that story, we saw the claim that a group of Ukrainian servicemen of the 57th mechanized infantry brigade celebrated a pagan ritual and sacrificed a local resident to a Slavic god. The disinformation was repeated in several outlets, and in one it was illustrated by a photo of a soldier eating a hand. The photo, which has been used in the past by pro-Kremlin disinformation articles, in fact originates from the Russian 2008 science-fiction movie: “We’re from the Future”.

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The claim that Ukrainian soldiers sacrificed a person to a Slavic god was illustrated by this image, from behind the scenes of the 2008 sci-fi film “We are from the Future”.

Disinformation cases reported in the previous week

Donetsk People's Republic intelligence reported that a group of Ukrainian...
Additional details: Donetsk People's Republic intelligence reported that a group of Ukrainian servicemen of the 57th mechanized infantry brigade, formerly part of the Right Sector, celebrated pagan rituals and sacrificed a local resident to Perun (a Slavic god).
Language / Targeted audience: Polish
Link to the disinformation: bit.ly/2uDDpkq
Disinforming outlet(s): wolna-polska.pl
Reported by: Center for Propaganda and Disinformation Analysis Foundation, capd.pl.
Disproof note:

No evidence given, the same disinformation repeated as above. The website illustrated the article with a photo of a soldier eating a hand. It is an old photo that has been used before in pro-Kremlin disinformation claiming that there is a Ukrainian soldier eating a hand of a Russian. In fact the photo originates in filming of a Russian 2008 science-fiction movie: “We’re from the Future”, as Stopfake found out in 2014: http://bit.ly/1lpewy0

Keywords: War in Ukraine, DPR, Right Sector
Countries: Ukraine
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Ukraine is controlled politically and economically by the Jews and...
Additional details: Ukraine is controlled politically and economically by the Jews and is planned to be a homeland for Jews in the future. This is the reason why Polish leadership is incapacitated dealing with Kyiv - the Jews have powerful connections with the USA.
Language / Targeted audience: Polish
Link to the disinformation: bit.ly/2vwWphb
Disinforming outlet(s): gazetawarszawska.com
Reported by: Center for Propaganda and Disinformation Analysis Foundation, capd.pl.
Disproof note:

Anti-semitic conspiracy theory, no evidence given.

Keywords: Jews, Conspiracy
Countries: Ukraine, US, Poland
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George Soros financed street riots in Hamburg during the G20...
Additional details: George Soros financed street riots in Hamburg during the G20 summit: his representatives paid 150 euros a day to each participant of the protest and gave them Molotov cocktails.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: bit.ly/2vtnguD
Disinforming outlet(s): ‘Voskresnyi vecher s Vladimirom Solovyovym’ @Rossiya 1 (22:51)
Reported by: Pavel Spirin, former journalist
Disproof note:

No evidence given. Disinformation about George Soros is recurring in pro-Kremlin outlets http://bit.ly/2p0xjU2.

Keywords: Protest, George Soros
Countries: Germany
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Divers taking part in the NATO-Ukraine Sea Breeze exercises in...
Additional details: Divers taking part in the NATO-Ukraine Sea Breeze exercises in Odessa are there to disrupt communication and operation of the Russian Black Sea Fleet and to prepare a naval invasion by the Alliance into Sevastopol.
Language / Targeted audience: Czech
Link to the disinformation: bit.ly/2upgrNw
Disinforming outlet(s): sputnik.com
Reported by: Kremlin Watch (European Values think-tank), http://www.europeanvalues.net/kremlinwatch/
Disproof note:

No evidence given. Sea Breeze 2017 is an annual recurring multinational exercise, it does not aim to invade any territory http://bit.ly/2tgOQhY. Disinformation about NATO excersises has been a recurring theme during the course of 2017 http://bit.ly/2qi4cA4, http://bit.ly/2tifSFs.

Keywords: War preparation, NATO
Countries: Russia, Ukraine
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It is a double standard to perceive the riots around...
Additional details: It is a double standard to perceive the riots around the G20 summit as illegitimate protests and say the Maidan was a legitimate democratic revolution. // It is a double standard to see the police action against the unauthorised demonstrations in Moscow against corruption as bad while the police action against the unauthorised illegal camps by G20 opponents were considered ok in the German media.
Language / Targeted audience: German
Link to the disinformation: bit.ly/2tQqXfH
Disinforming outlet(s): rt.com
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

The spontaneous onset of the Euromaidan protests was a reaction of large parts of the Ukrainian population to the Yanukovych government’s sudden departure from the Association Agreement with the European Union in November 2013. There were several protests at the G20 summit that were legal and peaceful. The were some protests that were violent and therefor illegal.// In Hamburg, it was the violent protestors that were met with police action. In Moscow, the demonstrators were not violent, but were still met with police violence and detentions http://bit.ly/2rmgnsw, http://bit.ly/2uZKvNs. According to the constitution, citizens of the Russian Federation shall have the right to assemble peacefully, without weapons, hold rallies, mass meetings and demonstrations, marches and pickets http://bit.ly/2umCggt, but the opposition usually doesn't get authorisation for their demonstrations.

Keywords: Democracy, Protest, Corruption, Media, Euromaidan
Countries: Ukraine, Germany
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G20 riots were paid for by the German government since...
Additional details: G20 riots were paid for by the German government since far left extremists benefit from public subsidies. This financing comes through government programme "Aktiv gegen Rechtsextremismus, Gewalt und Menschenfeindlichkeit“, which officially seeks to prevent right-wing extremism. Public funds also pay for the "Eine Welt Haus" in Munich, which constitutes the "entire infrastructure for the left-radical scene in Munich".
Language / Targeted audience: German
Link to the disinformation: bit.ly/2uqOuFF
Disinforming outlet(s): macht-steuert-wissen.de
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

No evidence given. The government programme "Aktiv gegen Rechtsextremismus, Gewalt und Menschenfeindlichkeit“ actually also seeks to prevent radicalisation of left militants http://bit.ly/29ufrx6. The Bavarian security service doesn't mention the "Eine Welt Haus" in Munich as part of the left radical scene http://bit.ly/2taRVA3. "Eine Welt Haus" says they promote "living together in peace and solidarity between peoples of all cultures" and their website doesn't contain any anti-Capitalist rhetoric.

Keywords: Democracy, Protest
Countries: Germany
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The monument to Soviet Glory during the war in the...
Additional details: The monument to Soviet Glory during the war in the Western Ukrainian city of Lviv will be dismantled.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: bit.ly/2tTnEmh
Disinforming outlet(s): ukranews.com
Reported by: Stopfake.org
Disproof note:

According to the Lviv City Hall press office, the monument is not slated to be dismantled, all the more so because it is a monument symbolizing the struggle against Nazi occupation. The monument has been fenced off because it is in poor condition and granite plates are falling off the main plinth. The Lviv City Council has called for a committee of specialists to make recommendations within three weeks as to what should be done with the monument. Further debunking: http://bit.ly/2uhyhC3

Keywords: Monuments, WWII
Countries: Ukraine
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The European Union's Eastern Partnership program has already proved fatal...
Additional details: The European Union's Eastern Partnership program has already proved fatal for Ukraine, and today it threatens the sovereignty of Belarus and several other post-Soviet countries.
Language / Targeted audience: English
Link to the disinformation: bit.ly/2v6WdVw
Disinforming outlet(s): sputniknews.com
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

No evidence given. The Eastern Partnership (EaP) is a joint initiative involving the EU, its member states and 6 eastern European partners: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. It is based on a commitment to the principles of international law and fundamental values - democracy, the rule of law, human rights and fundamental freedoms. It also encompasses support for a market economy, sustainable development and good governance http://bit.ly/2taFO68. What damages the Ukrainian economy most is the conflict in the east of the country http://bit.ly/1GGxA5M. So too does the corruption inherited from the past http://bit.ly/2dbivRx, http://bit.ly/2ext9zv, on which the EU is working actively with the government of Ukraine (and progress in reforming the police, as well as the first tangible results of the work of the National anti-corruption office (NABU), show that progress is now being made against). Belarus is a voluntary partner in the EaP; its sovereignty is in no way undermined.

Keywords: Eastern Partnership, Sovereignty
Countries: Ukraine, EU, Belarus
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RT Moscow office never talks to the Kremlin
Additional details: RT Moscow office never talks to the Kremlin.
Language / Targeted audience: English
Link to the disinformation: bbc.in/2tQarw6
Disinforming outlet(s): RT representative interviewed on BBC (04:48)
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

There are numerous accounts from previous employees at RT, claiming that in fact RT does get regular instructions (usually on Fridays) from the Kremlin on what to cover and what not to cover http://bit.ly/2qHGPgY. See also http://bit.ly/2uh36Hj, http://bit.ly/2tQvRtj, http://bit.ly/2tTjRW4.

Keywords: Media, RT
Countries: Russia
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Surely, all the other broadcasters were found in breach of...
Additional details: Surely, all the other broadcasters were found in breach of Ofcom regulations many more times than RT.
Language / Targeted audience: English
Link to the disinformation: bbc.in/2tQarw6
Disinforming outlet(s): RT representative interviewed on BBC (08:25)
Reported by: DFRLab https://medium.com/dfrlab
Disproof note:

A survey of all Ofcom broadcast bulletins from January 2014 to July 2017 showed that RT had had ten programs found guilty of violating the rules on accuracy, impartiality, and “materially misleading” audiences, in four different bulletins (November 2014, September 2015, July 2016, December 2016). Only one broadcaster had more programs found in violation of the code over the same period. http://bit.ly/2sYenID

Keywords: Media, RT
Countries: UK, Russia
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Representatives of the Finnish embassy in Russia are involved in...
Additional details: Representatives of the Finnish embassy in Russia are involved in smuggling arms from Russia to Finland.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: bit.ly/2tnb7FK
Disinforming outlet(s): iz.ru
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

No evidence given. The Foreign Ministry for Finland denies the claims of meddling in illegal arms exports. http://bit.ly/2urmt0G

Keywords: Military
Countries: Russia, Finland
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Kosovo could become an independent state due to the one-sided...
Additional details: Kosovo could become an independent state due to the one-sided and biased coverage by all the world media, by the so-called mainstream media.
Language / Targeted audience: English
Link to the disinformation: bit.ly/2tThym4
Disinforming outlet(s): rt.com
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

In 1999, the NATO operation for Kosovo followed over a year of intense efforts by the UN and the Contact Group (the U.S, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Russia), to bring about a peaceful solution. The UN Security Council on several occasions branded the ethnic cleansing in Kosovo and the mounting number of refugees driven from their homes as a threat to international peace and security. NATO's Operation Allied Force was launched to prevent the large-scale and sustained violations of human rights and the killing of civilians: http://bit.ly/2a0UmfI. Kosovo's unilateral declaration of independence from Serbia in February 2008 was in accordance with international law, the international court of justice (ICJ) has found http://bit.ly/1RVCmRg.

Keywords: Media, Sovereignty
Countries: Kosovo
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The U.S is turning Ukraine into a biological bomb, its...
Additional details: The U.S is turning Ukraine into a biological bomb, its biolaboratories cause epidemics of H1N1/09 virus and botulism.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: bit.ly/2vko7O1
Disinforming outlet(s): fondsk.ru
Reported by: Stopfake.org
Disproof note:

No evidence given. Repeating already debunked disinformation about secret laboratories with deadly viruses http://bit.ly/2taPuh2.

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Half of Ukrainian citizens may lack pension due to the...
Additional details: Half of Ukrainian citizens may lack pension due to the requirements of the IMF.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: bit.ly/2umAR9L
Disinforming outlet(s): lenta.ru
Reported by: Stopfake.org
Disproof note:

Ukraine will continue to pay the pension or social allowances to everybody entitled to receive them http://bit.ly/2uZMx00. The amount of the payments and the retirement age will depend on the employment years. Further debunking by Stopfake: http://bit.ly/2uhnJD1

Keywords: IMF, Economic difficulties
Countries: Ukraine
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The spreading of Western propaganda myths already helped the Baltic...
Additional details: The spreading of Western propaganda myths already helped the Baltic nations to join the European Union and NATO, and it has become a state-building principle for modern Ukraine. The sanctions are called a reaction, which is also Western propaganda.
Language / Targeted audience: English
Link to the disinformation: bit.ly/2uZEU9U
Disinforming outlet(s): rt.com
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

The Baltic states joined the EU and NATO based on independent foreign policy decisions. The process of state-building in Ukraine has all signs of a democratic process. The sanctions against Russia are a retaliatory measure, as it is a reaction to Russian aggression against Ukraine.http://bit.ly/2tmK7GA.

Keywords: Propaganda, NATO, The West, Baltic states
Countries: Ukraine, EU
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Criminality in Ukraine is now worse than during the 1990s
Additional details: Criminality in Ukraine is now worse than during the 1990s.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: bit.ly/2tmFYmc
Disinforming outlet(s): ukraina.ru
Reported by: Stopfake.org
Disproof note:

The article compares statistics from 1996 and 2016, although the figures are not commensurate. Further debunking by Stopfake: http://bit.ly/2tmW7Il

Keywords: War in Ukraine
Countries: Ukraine
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Finnish authorities may have protected criminals smuggling arms from Russia...
Additional details: Finnish authorities may have protected criminals smuggling arms from Russia to Finland.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: bit.ly/2t8hMVd
Disinforming outlet(s): ren.tv
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

A different version of the disinformation above. No evidence given. The Foreign Ministry for Finland denies the claims of meddling in illegal arms export. http://bit.ly/2urmt0G

Keywords: Military
Countries: Russia, Finland
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A quarter of Ukrainians identify themselves as citizens of USSR
Additional details: A quarter of Ukrainians identify themselves as citizens of USSR.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: bit.ly/2uZttyH
Disinforming outlet(s): tvzvezda.ru
Reported by: Stopfake.org
Disproof note:

According to a poll by the Gorshenin Institute and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung office in Kyiv http://bit.ly/2taM0es, only 5 % of the respondents identify themselves as citizens of the ex-USSR. Of those respondents who defined themselves as being of Russian nationality, 24,8 % identify themselves as citizens of ex-USSR. Further debunking: http://bit.ly/2tR8hwz

Keywords: USSR, Ukrainian statehood
Countries: Ukraine
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During World War II, most of the Baltic Forest Brothers...
Additional details: During World War II, most of the Baltic Forest Brothers were members of Waffen-SS. They are responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Jews. They are responsible for killing 80 % of the Jewish population in Baltic states.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: bit.ly/2uqtTAJ
Disinforming outlet(s): Vesti nedeli @ Rossiya 1
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

No evidence given. Forest Brothers were Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian partisans who fought against Soviet rule during the Soviet invasion and occupation during and after the World War II. In the early 1950's, the Soviet forces had eradicated most of the partisan resistance in the Baltic States. Soviet authorities offered Forest Brothers an amnesty after Joseph Stalin's death in 1953. Further reading on the Forest Brothers: http://bit.ly/2vC2qZW, http://bit.ly/2tGyRVI

Keywords: Jews, WWII, NATO, Baltic states
Countries: Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania
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The Czech Ministry of Interior is actively repressing people and...
Additional details: The Czech Ministry of Interior is actively repressing people and websites with politically incorrect opinions. It is inspired by the NGO People in Need manual on fighting hate speech, which classifies basically any claim (e.g. "Part of the migrants are economic migrants") to be hate speech that should be punished by the state.
Language / Targeted audience: Czech
Link to the disinformation: bit.ly/2v7wYDB
Disinforming outlet(s): protiproud.parlamentnilisty.cz
Reported by: Kremlin Watch (European Values think-tank), http://www.europeanvalues.net/kremlinwatch/
Disproof note:

No evidence given. The Czech MoI is repressing neither people nor opinions http://bit.ly/2kboybB. The NGO People in Need has made a study that provides a definition of hate speech, but it highlights that sometimes it can be quite narrow and that context and the interpretation framework must be taken into account when studying hate speech.http://bit.ly/1MD9VqL

Keywords: NGO, Freedom of speech, State oppression
Countries: Czech Republic
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In the movie about the Forest Brothers NATO is praising...
Additional details: In the movie about the Forest Brothers NATO is praising the shameful former SS soldiers and nationalists.
Language / Targeted audience: Polish
Link to the disinformation: bit.ly/2uxDxBi
Disinforming outlet(s): pl.sputniknews.com
Reported by: Center for Propaganda and Disinformation Analysis Foundation, capd.pl.
Disproof note:

No evidence given. Nato video exists http://bit.ly/2tm5Jmr, but Forest Brothers were Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian partisans who fought against Soviet rule during the Soviet invasion and occupation during and after the World War II. In the early 1950's, the Soviet forces had eradicated most of the partisan resistance in the Baltic States. Soviet authorities offered Forest Brothers an amnesty after Joseph Stalin's death in 1953. Further reading on the Forest Brothers: http://bit.ly/2vC2qZW, http://bit.ly/2tGyRVI

Keywords: WWII, NATO, Nazi/Fascist, Baltic states
Countries: Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania
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A NATO film glorifies the Baltic Nazi collaborators known as...
Additional details: A NATO film glorifies the Baltic Nazi collaborators known as the 'Forest Brothers’.
Language / Targeted audience: English
Link to the disinformation: bit.ly/2uraG1N
Disinforming outlet(s): rt.com
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

No evidence given. Nato video exists http://bit.ly/2tm5Jmr, but Forest Brothers were Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian partisans who fought against Soviet rule during the Soviet invasion and occupation during and after the World War II. In the early 1950's, the Soviet forces had eradicated most of the partisan resistance in the Baltic States. Soviet authorities offered Forest Brothers an amnesty after Joseph Stalin's death in 1953. Further reading on the Forest Brothers: http://bit.ly/2vC2qZW, http://bit.ly/2tGyRVI

Keywords: WWII, NATO, Nazi/Fascist, Baltic states
Countries: Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania
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NATO implements its project of training the Ukrainian army to...
Additional details: NATO implements its project of training the Ukrainian army to create a conflict between Moscow and Kyiv. Russia has tried to stay out of the conflict in Ukraine, but external actors try to involve them.
Language / Targeted audience: Spain
Link to the disinformation: bit.ly/2t6PrOZ
Disinforming outlet(s): sputnik.com
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

No evidence given. It is not NATO that has created the existing conflict between Russia and Ukraine, it started by Russia illegaly annexing the Ukranian peninsula Crimea http://bit.ly/2tlA8lj. The Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has stated that “the information available suggests that the situation within the territory of Crimea and Sevastopol amounts to an international armed conflict between Ukraine and the Russian Federation. This international armed conflict began at the latest on 26 February when the Russian Federation deployed members of its armed forces to gain control over parts of the Ukrainian territory without the consent of the Ukrainian Government https://www.icc-cpi.int/iccdocs/otp/161114-otp-rep-PE_ENG.pdf.

Keywords: War in Ukraine, NATO
Countries: Russia, Ukraine
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The Czech Parliament has approved sending 300 soldiers to support...
Additional details: The Czech Parliament has approved sending 300 soldiers to support the NATO Enhanced Forward Presence in the Baltic states, where the German-led batallion in Lithuania is comparable to operation Barbarossa. It is the first step towards nuclear war with Russia.
Language / Targeted audience: Czech
Link to the disinformation: bit.ly/2tuHimQ
Disinforming outlet(s): protiproud.parlamentnilisty.cz
Reported by: Kremlin Watch (European Values think-tank), http://www.europeanvalues.net/kremlinwatch/
Disproof note:

No evidence given. The Enhanced Forward Presence is a component of NATO’s strengthened deterrence and defence posture through military presence in the eastern and south-eastern parts of Alliance territory http://bit.ly/2fZjTZ6. Disinformation about NATO excersises has been a recurring theme during the course of 2017 http://bit.ly/2qi4cA4, http://bit.ly/2tifSFs.

Keywords: Nuclear issues, War preparation, NATO, Baltic states
Countries: Czech Republic, Lithuania, Germany
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If Moldova enters the EU, it will break up as...
Additional details: If Moldova enters the EU, it will break up as a country and some parts of it will be annexed by Romania.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: bit.ly/2vkOByO
Disinforming outlet(s): Argumenti i fakti Moldova facebook page (owned by the Government of Moscow).
Reported by: BDR Associates
Disproof note:

No evidence given. Nothing similar has so far happened to any member state of the European Union.

Keywords: Sovereignty
Countries: Romania, Moldova, EU
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In the relations between Ukraine and the EU there is...
Additional details: In the relations between Ukraine and the EU there is already the beginning of a crisis, which was visible in the recent Ukraine-EU summit.
Language / Targeted audience: Spain
Link to the disinformation: bit.ly/2v9eDpm
Disinforming outlet(s): sputnik.com
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

No evidence given. President Tusk stated that this summit is a good moment to celebrate the strong and deepening friendship between the European Union and Ukraine.The EU has finalised the ratification of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement. It will enter into force on the 1st of September. The provisional application of the trade part that entered into force last year has already increased trade by 25%. The fully ratified Agreement will allow to further strengthen cooperation and to deepen political association and economic integration. One month ago Ukrainian citizens were given the opportunity for the first time to travel to the European Union without a visa. http://bit.ly/2t7nruK

Keywords: War in Ukraine
Countries: Ukraine, EU
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President Vladimir Putin wants to establish good economic ties with...
Additional details: President Vladimir Putin wants to establish good economic ties with Ukraine as before, and the end of the war in the East of Ukraine depends on Ukrainians themselves.
Language / Targeted audience: Polish
Link to the disinformation: bit.ly/2uu5AC5
Disinforming outlet(s): kresy.pl
Reported by: Center for Propaganda and Disinformation Analysis Foundation, capd.pl.
Disproof note:

Polish translation of the RIA Novosti article.

Keywords: War in Ukraine
Countries: Russia, Ukraine
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President Vladimir Putin wants to establish good economic ties with...
Additional details: President Vladimir Putin wants to establish good economic ties with Ukraine as before, and the end of the war in the East of Ukraine depends on Ukrainians themselves.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: bit.ly/2u4wYFM
Disinforming outlet(s): ria.ru
Reported by: Center for Propaganda and Disinformation Analysis Foundation, capd.pl.
Disproof note:

Russia's illegal annexation of Crimea and backing of the separatists and their self-proclaimed authorities in eastern Ukraine mean that Russia's role in ending the war in Ukraine is crucial. The Minsk agreements, which aim to bring to an end the conflict in the East of Ukraine, were agreed during meetings including President Vladimir Putin. They were signed by the Russian Ambassador to Ukraine, Mikhail Zurabov. The measures depend to a large part on the Russia-backed separatists, including the need for a ceasefire, the withdrawal of all heavy weaponry, full monitoring access for the OSCE, and the full restoration of control of the state border to the Ukrainian government.

Keywords: War in Ukraine
Countries: Russia, Ukraine
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A high-ranking source close to the Kremlin claims that the...
Additional details: A high-ranking source close to the Kremlin claims that the Russian authorities really feared that the Polish Air Force could shoot down the plane with the Russian president on his way to the G20 Hamburg summit.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: bit.ly/2tlut39
Disinforming outlet(s): mediafax.ru
Reported by: Center for Propaganda and Disinformation Analysis Foundation, capd.pl.
Disproof note:

No evidence given. President Putin's plane has flown over eastern NATO states on a number of recent occasions. It was not clear why this time his jet took a longer route, which also avoided crossing the Baltic states - which, like Poland, are members of NATO and the European Union. There is no logical explanation or evidence to the claim that the flight would have been threatened by any NATO or EU member. http://reut.rs/2vwqyNp

Keywords: War preparation
Countries: Russia, Germany, Poland
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There is a need to erase Lithuania from the map
Additional details: There is a need to erase Lithuania from the map. It is a black hole on the map of Europe, a country with a quarrelsome foreign policy in the process of collapse and Poland should take its territory.
Language / Targeted audience: Polish
Link to the disinformation: bit.ly/2vxazyP
Disinforming outlet(s): xportal.pl
Reported by: Center for Propaganda and Disinformation Analysis Foundation, capd.pl.
Disproof note:

Lithuania is a member of the European Union and NATO just like Poland, and Lithuania and Poland are allies.

Keywords: War preparation
Countries: Lithuania, Poland
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Donetsk People's Republic intelligence reported that a group of Ukrainian...
Additional details: Donetsk People's Republic intelligence reported that a group of Ukrainian servicemen of the 57th mechanized infantry brigade, formerly part of the Right Sector, celebrated pagan rituals and sacrificed a local resident to Perun (a Slavic god).
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: bit.ly/2tan3f6
Disinforming outlet(s): kp.ru
Reported by: Center for Propaganda and Disinformation Analysis Foundation, capd.pl.
Disproof note:

No evidence given. Same disinformation was repeated by other outlets http://bit.ly/2taSo0Y, http://bit.ly/2taKLI1.

Keywords: War in Ukraine, DPR, Right Sector
Countries: Ukraine
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The presidential elections in Estonia are not at all a...
Additional details: The presidential elections in Estonia are not at all a democratic procedure.The head of state is chosen not by people and thus bears no responsibility for his deeds and actions. It has nothing to do with democracy and it is very convenient for further manipulations with the head of state.
Language / Targeted audience: English
Link to the disinformation: bit.ly/2uuErP9
Disinforming outlet(s): sputnik.com
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Estonia is a parliamentary democracy. The procedure for the election of the President of the Republic is provided in §§ 79-80 of the Constitution of the Republic of Estonia and it is specified in the President of the Republic Election Act. The parliament or an electoral body elects the President and the process is fully transparent http://bit.ly/2txnFKV, http://bit.ly/2t7ttLY. Estonia is enjoying a stable democracy, ranking high on international democracy rankings http://bit.ly/2uraArf, http://bit.ly/2jzYYsq.

Keywords: Democracy, Elections
Countries: Estonia
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The Dutch-led investigation group on MH17 has tampered with pieces...
Additional details: The Dutch-led investigation group on MH17 has tampered with pieces of the plane. This shows that MH17 was destroyed by an explosion inside the plane, not by a Buk-missile.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: bit.ly/2u0UPol
Disinforming outlet(s): newizv.ru
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
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No evidence given, yet another conspiracy theory, coinsiding with the third anniversary of this tragedy. The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) has concluded that the plane was shot down by a BUK missile located in an area controlled by the Russia-supported rebels. The missile launcher was transported from Russia into Ukraine and back again into Russia. http://bit.ly/2vtlLMI

Keywords: MH17
Countries: The Netherlands
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Poland´s ambassador to Ukraine Jan Piekło has proposed the Yugoslavian...
Additional details: Poland´s ambassador to Ukraine Jan Piekło has proposed the Yugoslavian scenario to be implemented in Ukraine.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: bit.ly/2vthGIn
Disinforming outlet(s): ukraina.ru
Reported by: Stopfake.org
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This is misleading. The Ambassador did not propose a Yugoslavian scenario. In an interview with the Ukrainian weekly Fokus, he expressed the view that the Minsk and Normandy formats dealing with the conflict in Donbas are not working and other solutions should be considered; and pointed out that the war in Yugoslavia only ended with the intervention of both NATO and the US. However, the inclusion of NATO in the Donbas conflict resolution could lead to an even greater confrontation, Piekło says and points out that without the US, it will be very difficult to achieve peace in Donbas. http://bit.ly/2tx1g0j Further debunking: http://bit.ly/2txfFK1

Keywords: Yugoslavia, Donbas, Minsk agreements
Countries: Ukraine, Poland
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