We have reported several times in the past that the increased violence in Donbass is usually preceded and accompanied by an increased amount of disinformation in pro-Kremlin media. The last week only confirmed this observation – and most of the tracked outlets have chosen an even more aggressive rhetoric against Ukraine this week.

The amount of hate-speech on Russian state TV debates has significantly risen. Almost every mention of Ukraine we see (and there were a lot of them in the last days) is accompanied by the adjective “nazi” or the noun “coup” – once again ignoring the reality that the Revolution of Dignity was no coup, and that Ukraine does not have nazi parties in the Parliament. In one show, there were open calls for a violent purge of the Ukrainian authorities (http://bit.ly/2lIEZd4; you will find the precise timecodes for the critical quotes in the table).

We saw again the myth that we debunked last week, that Ukraine is provoking the violence in Donbass (http://bit.ly/2lApN5g), and doing it just to get the attention of the new US President’s administration (http://bit.ly/2lHk0aB), or to impose martial law and abolish freedom of speech (http://bit.ly/2kD2Xpl). We saw absurd distortions of President Poroshenko’s interview, claiming that the head of the Ukrainian state has called for the lifting of sanctions against Russia (http://bit.ly/2kZ5k6X). We also saw inventions that the Ukrainian army is ready to join the pro-Russian “separatists” (http://bit.ly/2kZwgDn).

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We saw even more brazen material in Vladimir Solovyov’s show, where it was claimed that the EU and Washington can force Ukraine to establish peace in Ukraine (http://bit.ly/2kCXi2w) – not mentioning the control of the Kremlin over the level of violence in Donbass (http://bit.ly/2kCYUJD).

Some of the attacks went beyond absurd. Solovyov shouted at a Ukrainian guest that his president was speaking to Donald Trump not in Ukrainian, but in English, thus showing that he behaved like a vassal (http://bit.ly/2kCXi2w) – yet some time ago, Vladimir Putin addressed the German Bundestag in German (http://bit.ly/2l0v8j4). In Vremya Pokazhet we learned that the West wants Ukraine fragmented (http://bit.ly/2lHwkaj), despite the clear fact that it is precisely because of Russia’s violation of Ukrainian territorial integrity that the EU and the US have imposed sanctions on Russia.

And if you ever wondered why so many have the image of Russia as an aggressor, Vremya Pokazhet has the answer for you (http://bit.ly/2kCXAGQ): it is not due to the repeated invasions of Russia’s neighbours’ territory, nor the repeated cyberattacks in multiple European and American countries (e.g. http://nbcnews.to/2i3obv0), nor the repeated border and airspace violations (see eg http://ind.pn/1ypG9d1 or http://bit.ly/2ksPXl9), nor the abduction of an EU citizen from an EU country (http://bit.ly/2lfmEXD), nor the broad disinformation campaign targeting dozens of countries (http://bit.ly/2lfxkoW). No, the image of Russia as an aggressor was simply created – by the West.

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Two types of conspiracies

The disinformation campaign loves conspiracies. They strengthen the feeling that governments plot against their citizens and that the truth lies in other places, rather than in credible media or official statements (especially in “alternative” and “independent” outlets which mainly specialise in copying and pasting Russian sources). Formally speaking, we can see two prevalent types of conspiracy.

The first says that something that has happened, hasn’t. We saw it this week in connection with the recent cyberattacks on the Czech MFA. The Ministry said the hacking was state organised and resembled the hacking in the US (http://bit.ly/2juiiw5). However, in pro-Kremlin outlets, these attacks were just a false flag operation in which the government tested whether they can falsify the upcoming elections (http://bit.ly/2lI0QkZ). Here, we see a similar pattern to the one we saw in the information operations in the US: trying to delegitimise the vote before it has happened (http://bit.ly/2kG4Stv).

The second type says the opposite: that something that hasn’t happened, has. Thus again we saw the recycling of the PizzaGate conspiracy that has been debunked many times. One of the disinformation oriented outlets even claimed that the recent Department of Homeland Security video about human trafficking is full of allusions and might have been just another product of the “elitist paedophiles” (http://bit.ly/2lbT4SM).

The recycling of debunked conspiracies is a favourite tool of pro-Kremlin disinformation campaigns, in order to try and reach new audiences not familiar with their previous deconstruction. We saw a story built around a tweet of one of the Dutch MPs, which allegedly proves – yes, sadly, again – that the Dutch secret services know that MH17 was brought down by Ukraine (http://bit.ly/2lB4vUQ). The tweet was posted in January, but supposedly the Western media are hiding it as it does not fit in with their narrative.

So to clarify: A), the tweet is not from January 2017, but from January 2016. This may be one of the reasons why Western media have “hidden” it, as usually they have a faster reaction time when they report news. And B), the tweet does not prove anything like that which is stated – as was debunked already a year ago (http://bit.ly/2kL03kL).

Finally, as has already become a custom, the Russian and other pro-Kremlin outlets were attacking the German authorities in a quite tasteless way again this week. In the table, you will find multiple examples about Germany being compared to the Nazi Third Reich, or the German Minister of Defence being compared to Adolf Hitler.

Disinformation cases reported in the previous week

NATO has promised not to move towards Russia' borders
Additional details: NATO has promised not to move towards Russia' borders.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: http://bit.ly/2kCXAGQ
Disinforming outlet(s): Vremya Pokazhet @ Pervyi Kanal, 1:12:34
Reported by: Pavel Spirin, former journalist
Disproof note:

Repeating an already debunked myth. No such promise was ever made, and Russia has never produced any evidence to back up its claim: http://bit.ly/2eFPg9s

Keywords: NATO
Countries: Russia
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The legitimacy of Petro Poroshenko is a big question, not...
Additional details: The legitimacy of Petro Poroshenko is a big question, not only in Russia but also in the West.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: http://bit.ly/2kCXAGQ
Disinforming outlet(s): Vremya Pokazhet @ Pervyi Kanal, 54:59
Reported by: Pavel Spirin, former journalist
Disproof note:

No evidence given. The Ukrainian government is fully legitimate, following democratic and inclusive elections, both Presidential and Parliamentary. Both the EU and the US respect its legitimacy.

Keywords: Petro Poroshenko
Countries: Russia, The West, Ukraine
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There was an armed coup in Ukraine
Additional details: There was an armed coup in Ukraine.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: http://bit.ly/2kCXAGQ
Disinforming outlet(s): Vremya Pokazhet @ Pervyi Kanal, 1:01:55
Reported by: Pavel Spirin, former journalist
Disproof note:

There was no armed coup in Ukraine, there was a revolution against President Yanukovych and his regime: http://bit.ly/1Tl9X7W

Keywords: Coup
Countries: Ukraine
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Ukrainian authorities and oligarchs actively financed the electoral campaign of...
Additional details: Ukrainian authorities and oligarchs actively financed the electoral campaign of Hillary Clinton. And now after her defeat they are desperately trying to establish contacts with a new USA administration. That’s why they started the recent offensive in the East of Ukraine: it is easier to get money and attention in this way.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: http://bit.ly/2lHk0aB
Disinforming outlet(s): Rossiya 1 (@ Youtube) http://bit.ly/2lHk0aB
Reported by: Promote Ukraine NGO
Disproof note:

Disproved already in Disinformation Review 57: http://bit.ly/2lApN5g

Keywords: Hillary Clinton
Countries: Ukraine
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OSCE - talentless and useless people who ignore the violence...
Additional details: OSCE - talentless and useless people who ignore the violence in Donbas and excuse themselves "Sorry, I do not speak Russian."
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: http://bit.ly/2kCXi2w
Disinforming outlet(s): Vecher s Vladimirom Solovyovym @ Rossiya 1, 01:30
Reported by: Pavel Spirin, former journalist
Disproof note:

There is, of course, Russian staff in the Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine: http://bit.ly/2lgIomb // The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine gathers information and reports each day on the security situation with daily reports, and in response to specific incidents on the ground with spot reports: http://bit.ly/2dG8OLk

Keywords: Donbas, OSCE
Countries: Russia, Ukraine
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[The West] has created an image of Russia as an...
Additional details: [The West] has created an image of Russia as an aggressor. With big diplomatic, military, and media efforts.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: http://bit.ly/2kCXAGQ
Disinforming outlet(s): Vremya Pokazhet @ Pervyi Kanal, 27:41
Reported by: Pavel Spirin, former journalist
Disproof note:

The image of Russia as an aggressor was created by Russian actions - mostly by the military aggressions in Georgia or in Ukraine.

Keywords: Hybrid war, Media, The West
Countries: Russia, The West
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The people of Crimea made their choice [in the referendum]
Additional details: The people of Crimea made their choice [in the referendum].
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: http://bit.ly/2kCXAGQ
Disinforming outlet(s): Vremya Pokazhet @ Pervyi Kanal, 22:50
Reported by: Pavel Spirin, former journalist
Disproof note:

Any decision relating to Ukraine's sovereignty or sovereign choices can only be taken without undue external pressure. This so-called referendum was organised by a self-proclaimed Crimean leadership lacking democratic legitimacy and installed by armed Russian military personnel following the seizure of public buildings. The EU does not recognise it. The United Nations General Assembly Resolution No. 68/262, adopted on 27 March 2014 and supported by 100 states (only 10 states opposed it), clearly says that Russia's actions in the peninsula as well as the referendum held in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea violate international law http://bit.ly/1RZGnjo

Keywords: Referendum, Crimea
Countries: Ukraine
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President Poroshenko has worsened the situation in Avdiivka purposely in...
Additional details: President Poroshenko has worsened the situation in Avdiivka purposely in order to drown Ukraine in blood, impose martial law, cancel elections and abolish democracy and freedom of speech.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: http://bit.ly/2kD2Xpl
Disinforming outlet(s): Vremya Pokazhet @ Pervyi Kanal, 07:45
Reported by: Pavel Spirin, former journalist
Disproof note:

Not Ukraine, but the Russian and Russian-backed militants have worsened the situation in Avdiivka: http://bit.ly/2lApN5g // No evidence for the other accusations given.

Keywords: Avdiivka, Democracy, Freedom of speech, War in Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, Elections
Countries: Ukraine
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Ukrainian authorities and oligarchs actively financed the electoral campaign of...
Additional details: Ukrainian authorities and oligarchs actively financed the electoral campaign of Hillary Clinton. And now after her defeat they are desperately trying to establish contacts with a new USA administration. That’s why they started the recent offensive in the East of Ukraine: it is easier to get money and attention in this way.
Language / Targeted audience: English
Link to the disinformation: http://bit.ly/2kBxLXI
Disinforming outlet(s): russia-insider.com
Reported by: Promote Ukraine NGO
Disproof note:

Translation of the Rossiya 1 disinformation above.

Keywords: Hillary Clinton
Countries: Ukraine
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The story on John Podesta and the network of paedophiles,...
Additional details: The story on John Podesta and the network of paedophiles, so-called Pizza-gate, is true, not a conspiracy theory.
Language / Targeted audience: Czech
Link to the disinformation: http://bit.ly/2kL7VCW
Disinforming outlet(s): protiproud.parlamentnilisty.cz
Reported by: Kremlin Watch (European Values think-tank), http://www.europeanvalues.net/kremlinwatch/
Disproof note:

Already debunked conspiracy theory. For example: http://nyti.ms/2jcCzlu or http://bbc.in/2fY0qWU

Keywords: John Podesta, Conspiracy, Perversion
Countries: US
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The Department of Homeland Security video about human trafficking is...
Additional details: The Department of Homeland Security video about human trafficking is full of allusions on PizzaGate. It might be another product of elitist paedophiles.
Language / Targeted audience: Czech
Link to the disinformation: http://bit.ly/2lbT4SM
Disinforming outlet(s): AC24.cz
Reported by: Kremlin Watch (European Values think-tank), http://www.europeanvalues.net/kremlinwatch/
Disproof note:

The campaign against human trafficking does not have anything to do with the PizzaGate conspiracy theory: http://bit.ly/1QZ7ASg

Keywords: Perversion
Countries: US
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The Ukrainian government is an organized criminal group
Additional details: The Ukrainian government is an organized criminal group.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: http://bit.ly/2kCXi2w
Disinforming outlet(s): Vecher s Vladimirom Solovyovym @ Rossiya 1, 04:20
Reported by: Pavel Spirin, former journalist
Disproof note:

The Ukrainian government is fully legitimate, following democratic and inclusive elections, both Presidential and Parliamentary.

Keywords: Deep state
Countries: Ukraine
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Europe, Washington and Kremlin have tools to force Ukraine and...
Additional details: Europe, Washington and Kremlin have tools to force Ukraine and the current regime there to establish peace and end the civil war.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: http://bit.ly/2kCXi2w
Disinforming outlet(s): Vecher s Vladimirom Solovyovym @ Rossiya 1, 10:58
Reported by: Pavel Spirin, former journalist
Disproof note:

There is no civil war in Ukraine, there is Russian military aggression in Ukraine, which was confirmed recently by the International Criminal Court: http://bit.ly/2gHjjOM // The intensity of the hostilities in Donbas is directly controlled by Russia, as confirmed by the fresh report by the Estonian foreign intelligence service: http://bit.ly/2kCYUJD

Keywords: Civil war
Countries: Russia, Ukraine, US
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The EU is a tool of globalisation and totalitarianism
Additional details: The EU is a tool of globalisation and totalitarianism. The globalists and their ideologists (like the icon of the EU, nazi Walter Hallstein) plan to create new race and new human with an IQ 90. They intend to do it by mixing Europeans with refugees from the third world.
Language / Targeted audience: Slovak
Link to the disinformation: http://bit.ly/2l0i5ON
Disinforming outlet(s): domino50.blog.pravda.sk
Reported by: Kremlin Watch (European Values think-tank), http://www.europeanvalues.net/kremlinwatch/
Disproof note:

Walter Hallstein was not a member of the Nazi party, he is reputed to have rejected Nazi ideology: http://bit.ly/2kjLpm5 // No evidence for the other conspiracy theories given.

Keywords: Refugees, Walter Hallstein, Migration crisis, Nazi/Fascist
Countries: EU
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Turkey is building a new Caliphate in South Ukraine
Additional details: Turkey is building a new Caliphate in South Ukraine.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: http://bit.ly/2kZdOuQ
Disinforming outlet(s): life.ru
Reported by: StopFake.org
Disproof note:

The article quotes one of the leaders of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis executive governing body, Reza Shevkiyev. But he was talking about Crimean Tatars who had fled Crimea because of Russian occupation, and now they need new houses: http://bit.ly/2knKigv

Keywords: Ukrainian disintegration
Countries: Turkey, Ukraine
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Ukraine has provoked the new wave of violence around Avdiivka
Additional details: Ukraine has provoked the new wave of violence around Avdiivka. Kyiv needs Minsk agreements not to end the conflict, but only as a tool of pressure on Moscow.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: http://bit.ly/2lAW0t1
Disinforming outlet(s): miaistok.su
Reported by: Oleksandr Nykonorov, journalist for Depo.ua, blogger, researcher
Disproof note:

Disproved already in Disinformation Review 57: http://bit.ly/2lApN5g // No evidence for the accusation given.

Keywords: Avdiivka, Provocation, War in Ukraine, Minsk agreements
Countries: Russia, Ukraine
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Kyiv authorities are planning a massive culling of stray dogs...
Additional details: Kyiv authorities are planning a massive culling of stray dogs in the Ukrainian capital before the May 2017 song contest.
Language / Targeted audience: German
Link to the disinformation: link has been removed
Disinforming outlet(s): The Eurovision Song Contest’s official German language site
Reported by: StopFake.org
Disproof note:

Similar accusations appeared already before the 2012 European Championship in football. It was not true in 2012, it is not true this year: http://bit.ly/2kBV2Zg

Keywords: Eurovision
Countries: Ukraine
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The existing situation around abortions would lead to a physical...
Additional details: The existing situation around abortions would lead to a physical destruction of the Georgian Nation, which would be accelerated by the Visa Liberalization Process.
Language / Targeted audience: Georgian
Link to the disinformation: printed outlet
Disinforming outlet(s): Georgia and the World
Reported by: Myth Detector
Disproof note:

The association of the topic of abortion to the visa liberalization with the European Union is of speculative nature and does not contain any factual basis: http://bit.ly/2l06kI9

Keywords: Visa liberalisation
Countries: Georgia
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Belarus intends to terminate its membership in both the Eurasian...
Additional details: Belarus intends to terminate its membership in both the Eurasian Economic Union and the Collective Security Treaty Organization.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: http://bit.ly/2ktmewK
Disinforming outlet(s): regnum.ru
Reported by: EAST Center Research Fellow Veranika Laputska
Disproof note:

No evidence given. Belarusian authorities denied this, President Lukashenka has said it is"pure fiction": http://bit.ly/2jKufcl

Keywords: EEU
Countries: Belarus
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Petro Poroshenko was speaking to Donald Trump in English, not...
Additional details: Petro Poroshenko was speaking to Donald Trump in English, not in Ukrainian - which means he behaves like a slave and vassal.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: http://bit.ly/2kCXi2w
Disinforming outlet(s): Vecher s Vladimirom Solovyovym @ Rossiya 1, 21:37
Reported by: Pavel Spirin, former journalist
Disproof note:

Using a different language does not mean being someone's vassal. For example, Vladimir Putin was addressing the German Bundestag in German in 2001: http://bit.ly/2l0v8j4

Keywords: Donald Trump, Petro Poroshenko
Countries: Ukraine, US
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The Ukrainian army is ready to betray Poroshenko and join...
Additional details: The Ukrainian army is ready to betray Poroshenko and join the "separatists".
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: http://bit.ly/2kZwgDn
Disinforming outlet(s): russ-vesti.ru
Reported by: Oleksandr Nykonorov, journalist for Depo.ua, blogger, researcher
Disproof note:

No evidence given.

Keywords: War in Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko
Countries: Ukraine
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The recent cyberattack targeting computer system of the Czech Ministry...
Additional details: The recent cyberattack targeting computer system of the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs was a false flag operation in which the political elite tested ways how to manipulate the results of upcoming parliamentary elections in the Czech Republic.
Language / Targeted audience: Czech
Link to the disinformation: http://bit.ly/2lI0QkZ
Disinforming outlet(s): zvedavec.org
Reported by: Collected by the Prague Security Studies Institute (PSSI) within the framework of the Centre for International Relations´s project co-financed by the Visegrad Fund
Disproof note:

Conspiracy theory with no evidence. The Czech MFA has said the cyberattack was done by a foreign state and it resembled the Democratic National Committee hack (performed by Russia): http://bit.ly/2kKHopz

Keywords: Cyber, Elections
Countries: Czech Republic
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President Poroshenko changed his heart and wants the anti-Russian sanctions...
Additional details: President Poroshenko changed his heart and wants the anti-Russian sanctions lifted.
Language / Targeted audience: English
Link to the disinformation: http://bit.ly/2kZ5k6X
Disinforming outlet(s): Sputnik
Reported by: StopFake.org
Disproof note:

Words taken out of context. President Poroshenko said that he wishes the sanctions could be lifted - but before that, Russia has to withdraw its troops from Ukraine: http://bit.ly/2kkqCeP

Keywords: Anti-Russian, Petro Poroshenko, Sanctions
Countries: Russia, Ukraine
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Both Europe and the US want to have Ukraine fragmented
Additional details: Both Europe and the US want to have Ukraine fragmented. And Russia as well. They have been working on it for the past three years.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: http://bit.ly/2lHwkaj
Disinforming outlet(s): Vremya Pokazhet @ Pervyi Kanal, 34:28
Reported by: Pavel Spirin, former journalist
Disproof note:

Both the EU and the US support Ukrainian, as well as Russian territorial integrity. In fact, both the EU and the US have imposed sanctions on Russia precisely for violation of Ukrainian territorial integrity.

Keywords: Ukrainian disintegration
Countries: Europe, Russia, Ukraine, US
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Ukrainians were jumping on Maidan only because of visa-free regime...
Additional details: Ukrainians were jumping on Maidan only because of visa-free regime with the EU, which is humiliating.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: http://bit.ly/2lHwkaj
Disinforming outlet(s): Vremya Pokazhet @ Pervyi Kanal, 08:26
Reported by: Pavel Spirin, former journalist
Disproof note:

While the Revolution of Dignity began as a protest against President Yanukovych's sudden departure from the Association Agreement with the EU, it has received significantly more support after the government's Special Forces beat up the protesting students, and has gradually shifted more towards an anti-corruption revolution: http://bit.ly/2l7PJUV

Keywords: Visa liberalisation, Euromaidan
Countries: Ukraine, EU
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The amount of non-battle casualties in Ukrainian army has risen,...
Additional details: The amount of non-battle casualties in Ukrainian army has risen, mostly because of alcohol consumption.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: http://bit.ly/2lB6NDF
Disinforming outlet(s): miaistok.su
Reported by: Oleksandr Nykonorov, journalist for Depo.ua, blogger, researcher
Disproof note:

No evidence given. Miaistok.su is known for spreading invented pro-Kremlin disinformation stories.

Keywords: War in Ukraine
Countries: Ukraine
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There were nuclear, chemical and other weapons of mass destruction...
Additional details: There were nuclear, chemical and other weapons of mass destruction on the Earth already before humans.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: http://bit.ly/2lGLXi9
Disinforming outlet(s): Strannoe Delo @ Ren TV
Reported by: Oleksandr Nykonorov, journalist for Depo.ua, blogger, researcher
Disproof note:

Conspiracy theory with no evidence.

Keywords: Chemical weapons/attack, Nuclear issues
Countries: International
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Gay politicians are being installed in Europe
Additional details: Gay politicians are being installed in Europe. They break the childrens' psychic and force them to change sex. All this is organised by business lobby and world's billionaires in order to rule the world via corporations. Russian LGBT activists are active because of international grants from Western NGOs, Western embassies and George Soros.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: http://bit.ly/2lGwwGO
Disinforming outlet(s): Gay Over @ Ren TV
Reported by: Oleksandr Nykonorov, journalist for Depo.ua, blogger, researcher
Disproof note:

Conspiracy theory with no evidence.

Keywords: Big business, NGO, The West, George Soros, LGBT
Countries: Europe, Russia, The West
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Nadiya Savchenko accused Ukrainian authorities of murdering the "separatist" leader...
Additional details: Nadiya Savchenko accused Ukrainian authorities of murdering the "separatist" leader Givi. She did so in a VKontakte post.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: http://bit.ly/2kYPXv6
Disinforming outlet(s): Novostnoe agentstvo Charkov
Reported by: Promote Ukraine NGO
Disproof note:

Nadiya Savchenko has never had a VKontakte account: http://bit.ly/2lArLlS // http://bit.ly/2kBuCam

Keywords: Nadiya Savchenko, War in Ukraine
Countries: Ukraine
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Nadiya Savchenko accused Ukrainian authorities of murdering the "separatist" leader...
Additional details: Nadiya Savchenko accused Ukrainian authorities of murdering the "separatist" leader Givi. She did so in a VKontakte post.
Language / Targeted audience: English
Link to the disinformation: http://bit.ly/2kJN2bq
Disinforming outlet(s): russia-insider.com
Reported by: Promote Ukraine NGO
Disproof note:

English translation of the Russian disinformation above.

Keywords: Nadiya Savchenko, War in Ukraine
Countries: Ukraine
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Angela Merkel is going to divide Europe, she will protect...
Additional details: Angela Merkel is going to divide Europe, she will protect only the loyal and obedient states.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: http://bit.ly/2kZE1JK
Disinforming outlet(s): rg.ru
Reported by: Oleksandr Nykonorov, journalist for Depo.ua, blogger, researcher
Disproof note:

Conspiracy theory with no evidence.

Keywords: Angela Merkel
Countries: Europe
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Ukraine prepares terrorist acts in Luhansk "People's Republic"
Additional details: Ukraine prepares terrorist acts in Luhansk "People's Republic".
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: http://bit.ly/2lHP2PV
Disinforming outlet(s): mediarepost.ru
Reported by: Oleksandr Nykonorov, journalist for Depo.ua, blogger, researcher
Disproof note:

No evidence for this accusation given.

Keywords: LPR, Terrorism
Countries: Ukraine
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The Ukrainian secret service is guilty of murdering the "separatist"...
Additional details: The Ukrainian secret service is guilty of murdering the "separatist" leader Givi.
Language / Targeted audience: English
Link to the disinformation: http://bit.ly/2kBvM5I
Disinforming outlet(s): russia-insider.com
Reported by: Promote Ukraine NGO
Disproof note:

No evidence for this accusation. // On the contrary, former "separatist" leader Strelkov-Girkin sees the asssasination linked to the Russian-backed militants http://bit.ly/2kr8SQF // http://bit.ly/2kJS0Vn

Keywords: War in Ukraine, Secret services
Countries: Ukraine
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DPR and LPR have the same legitimacy as Ukraine
Additional details: DPR and LPR have the same legitimacy as Ukraine.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: http://bit.ly/2kCf8CR
Disinforming outlet(s): miaistok.su
Reported by: Oleksandr Nykonorov, journalist for Depo.ua, blogger, researcher
Disproof note:

The so-called People's Republics in the East Ukraine have no legitimacy at all, no state in the world recognizes them. // The Ukrainian government is fully legitimate, following democratic and inclusive elections, both Presidential and Parliamentary.

Keywords: DPR, LPR
Countries: Ukraine
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The Ukrainian army is behaving like an occupation army in...
Additional details: The Ukrainian army is behaving like an occupation army in Donbas.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: http://bit.ly/2knXDoQ
Disinforming outlet(s): miaistok.su
Reported by: Oleksandr Nykonorov, journalist for Depo.ua, blogger, researcher
Disproof note:

The Ukrainian army cannot occupy Ukrainian territory. The only armed forces occupying Ukraine are Russian and Russian-backed militants.

Keywords: Occupation, Donbas
Countries: Ukraine
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The Dutch secret services confirm that MH17 could have been...
Additional details: The Dutch secret services confirm that MH17 could have been shot down only by Ukraine. Tweet from Pieter Omtzigt (MP) from this January confirms it, but the Western media hide it.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: http://bit.ly/2lB4vUQ
Disinforming outlet(s): mediarepost.ru
Reported by: Oleksandr Nykonorov, journalist for Depo.ua, blogger, researcher
Disproof note:

Repeating a one-year old disinformation. The tweet is not from this January, but from January 2016. // The Dutch intelligence services never stated that there were no separatist BUK launchers in Eastern Ukraine, and they never claimed that only Ukraine could have brought MH17 down: http://bit.ly/2kL03kL // It is very obvious that the plane was shot down by a Russian BUK: http://bit.ly/2jqPAZu

Keywords: Peter Omtzigt, Media, Secret services, MH17
Countries: Ukraine, The Netherlands
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Ukraine has provoked the new wave of conflict in Donetsk...
Additional details: Ukraine has provoked the new wave of conflict in Donetsk in order to prevent Russia and the USA from making peace and improving the relationships.
Language / Targeted audience: English
Link to the disinformation: http://bit.ly/2laQeNQ
Disinforming outlet(s): Russia Today
Reported by: Promote Ukraine NGO
Disproof note:

Disproved already in Disinformation Review 57: http://bit.ly/2lApN5g

Keywords: Provocation
Countries: Russia, Ukraine, US
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Crimean Tatars asked the UN and the European Parliament to...
Additional details: Crimean Tatars asked the UN and the European Parliament to recognize the independence of Crimean republic and its decision to join Russia.
Language / Targeted audience: Czech
Link to the disinformation: http://bit.ly/2kjri7y
Disinforming outlet(s): Sputnik
Reported by: Collected by the Prague Security Studies Institute (PSSI) within the framework of the Centre for International Relations´s project co-financed by the Visegrad Fund
Disproof note:

The request was sent by the organization Kyrym, which was established after the annexation of Crimea and is closely connected to pro-Russian authorities: http://econ.st/2lGGCr4

Keywords: Crimean Tatars, UN, Crimea
Countries: Russia, Ukraine, EU
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Ukraine is governed by Nazis, who are carrying out genocide...
Additional details: Ukraine is governed by Nazis, who are carrying out genocide in Donbas.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: http://bit.ly/2kDgltD
Disinforming outlet(s): Vecher s Vladimirom Solovyovym @ Rossiya 1, 2:25
Reported by: Pavel Spirin, former journalist
Disproof note:

Repeating an already debunked disinformation, see e.g. http://bit.ly/1Tl9X7W

Keywords: Genocide, Donbas, Nazi/Fascist
Countries: Ukraine
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The Ukrainian nazi authorities are engaged in provocations and terrorist...
Additional details: The Ukrainian nazi authorities are engaged in provocations and terrorist attacks against Donbas and Russia.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: http://bit.ly/2kDgltD
Disinforming outlet(s): Vecher s Vladimirom Solovyovym @ Rossiya 1, 4:46 and 1:01:20
Reported by: Pavel Spirin, former journalist
Disproof note:

Disproved already in Disinformation Review 57: http://bit.ly/2lApN5g // It is Russia conducting military aggression in Ukraine, not the other way around.

Keywords: Provocation, Donbas, Nazi/Fascist
Countries: Russia, Ukraine
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The Ukrainian authorities are looking for partners among radical islamists...
Additional details: The Ukrainian authorities are looking for partners among radical islamists to commit terror acts in Crimea.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: http://bit.ly/2kDgltD
Disinforming outlet(s): Vecher s Vladimirom Solovyovym @ Rossiya 1, 10:06
Reported by: Pavel Spirin, former journalist
Disproof note:

Repeating disinformation which has been repeated for more than a year and for which the pro-Kremlin media never presented any evidence. See the previous Disinformation Reviews.

Keywords: Provocation, Crimea
Countries: Ukraine
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The EU is a tool of globalisation and totalitarianism
Additional details: The EU is a tool of globalisation and totalitarianism. The globalists and their ideologists (like the icon of the EU, nazi Walter Hallstein) plan to create new race and new human with an IQ 90. They intend to do it by mixing Europeans with refugees from the third world.
Language / Targeted audience: Czech
Link to the disinformation: http://bit.ly/2lHefcd
Disinforming outlet(s): protiproud.parlamentnilisty.cz
Reported by: Kremlin Watch (European Values think-tank), http://www.europeanvalues.net/kremlinwatch/
Disproof note:

Czech translation of the Slovak disinformation mentioned above.

Keywords: Refugees, Walter Hallstein, Migration crisis, Nazi/Fascist
Countries: EU
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All revolutions in Ukraine have been organized by the US...
Additional details: All revolutions in Ukraine have been organized by the US and Europe. To have a successful Maidan, it has to be approved by Washington and European capitals.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: http://bit.ly/2lIEZd4
Disinforming outlet(s): Vremya Pokazhet @ Pervyi Kanal, 1:15:05
Reported by: Pavel Spirin, former journalist
Disproof note:

Repeating an already debunked disinformation, see e.g. http://bit.ly/1Tl9X7W

Keywords: Colour revolutions, Euromaidan, Conspiracy, The West
Countries: Europe, Ukraine, US
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Ukraine is controlled by a gang of war criminals, the...
Additional details: Ukraine is controlled by a gang of war criminals, the country will become free only after tough liquidation of the junta.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: http://bit.ly/2lIEZd4
Disinforming outlet(s): Vremya Pokazhet @ Pervyi Kanal, 05:47
Reported by: Pavel Spirin, former journalist
Disproof note:

The Ukrainian government is fully legitimate, following democratic and inclusive elections, both Presidential and Parliamentary.

Keywords: Junta
Countries: Ukraine
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The German Luftwaffe is organizing and paying skiing trips for...
Additional details: The German Luftwaffe is organizing and paying skiing trips for Arab refugees from taxpayers' money. Photos as proof.
Language / Targeted audience: Czech
Link to the disinformation: http://bit.ly/2kjtBYh
Disinforming outlet(s): Aeronet.cz
Reported by: Collected by the Prague Security Studies Institute (PSSI) within the framework of the Centre for International Relations´s project co-financed by the Visegrad Fund
Disproof note:

The photos do not prove anything, no other evidence for this conspiracy theory given.

Keywords: Refugees, Conspiracy, Migration crisis
Countries: Germany
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The arrival of the German-led NATO battalion to Lithuania is...
Additional details: The arrival of the German-led NATO battalion to Lithuania is similar to Nazi occupation. The visit of German Minister of Defence Ursula von der Leyen in Lithuania is similar to Adolf Hitler's visit in Klaipeda in 1939.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: http://bit.ly/2lI4Gux
Disinforming outlet(s): newsbalt.ru
Reported by: East StratCom Network
Disproof note:

Tasteless accusation with no evidence. Lithuania welcomed the NATO troops: http://bit.ly/2liobgr and actually would like to see more of them because of Russia' aggresive behaviour: http://reut.rs/2loTWEp // NATO does not occupy its allies.

Keywords: WWII, Adolf Hitler, NATO, Nazi/Fascist
Countries: Lithuania, Germany
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The viewership of Russian channels in Lithuania has decreased not...
Additional details: The viewership of Russian channels in Lithuania has decreased not because they would be less popular, but because respondents in the opinion polls fear they might not remain anonymous.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: http://bit.ly/2lGJsMC
Disinforming outlet(s): Sputnik
Reported by: East StratCom Network
Disproof note:

Conspiracy theory with no supporting evidence. Lithuania does not prosecute viewers of Russian TV channels. Press release about the poll: http://bit.ly/2kCKF7N

Keywords: Media
Countries: Russia, Lithuania
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Angela Merkel has shown Poland they are part of the...
Additional details: Angela Merkel has shown Poland they are part of the "Fourth Reich". The German establishment, including major political parties, is united against Alternative für Deutschland. From 1949, every German Chancellor has to be approved by the US and has to sign the "Chancellor Act", in which he/she promises subordination of Germany to the US.
Language / Targeted audience: Czech
Link to the disinformation: http://bit.ly/2l01yKD
Disinforming outlet(s): protiproud.parlamentnilisty.cz
Reported by: Kremlin Watch (European Values think-tank), http://www.europeanvalues.net/kremlinwatch/
Disproof note:

Groundless conspiracies. Poland makes its own autonomous decisions, as proven by many cases where German and Polish positions do not coincide. The same is valid for Germany and the US.

Keywords: Angela Merkel
Countries: US, Germany, Poland
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Ukrainian army has destroyed a battalion base of Crimean Tatars
Additional details: Ukrainian army has destroyed a battalion base of Crimean Tatars.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: http://bit.ly/2kLILEd
Disinforming outlet(s): mk.ru
Reported by: Pavel Spirin, former journalist
Disproof note:

Dismissed as a fake by the Ukrainian army: http://bit.ly/2kjZmAp

Keywords: Crimean Tatars, Crimea
Countries: Ukraine
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