Disinfo: 20 thousand armed migrants getting ready to break into the EU

Summary

About 20 thousand armed migrants from Pakistan, Iran, Morocco and other Middle East countries gathered at the border of Croatia with the EU, getting ready to break into the EU.

Disproof

Recurring disinformation narrative about migration crisis. In fact, according to ARD, the UNHCR and the Austrian Interior Ministry explained that the 20,000 figure refers to the total number of migrants registered in Bosnia and Herzegovina so far in 2018, but the migrants were never all there at the same time. UNHCR says there are currently about 5,000 migrants in the country and has no information about migrants being allegedly all armed with knives. Worth mentioning that Croatia itself is an EU country.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 125
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 05/11/2018
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Croatia, Middle East
  • Keywords: fake statistics, Migration crisis, Europe

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Lithuanian MFA has put up with the launch of the Belarusian NPP

Lithuanian MFA has put up with the launch of the Astravets Nuclear Power Plant under construction in Belarus.

Disproof

No evidence given. In fact, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevicius clearly stated that the Astravets Nuclear Power Plant under construction in Belarus is a "serious threat for the whole region". More information regarding the position of Lithuanian MFA concerning this issue to be found here and here.

Donbas elections: Western countries today are dictatorships, in Donbas there is pure democracy

The Western countries showed that they are enemies of democracy when they protested against the elections in the DNR and LNR. The Western countries today are dictatorships. A dictatorship of liberalism, military bloc of NATO and that is our main threat today. There is pure democracy here in Donbas.

The Donbas elections are a lesson of democracy for all of Europe.

The West needs to learn from DNR how to organise elections

The Minsk agreements contribute to holding open and transparent elections that DNR and LNR want to organise.

Donbas elections comply with all the international standards.

Disproof

The elections were not recognised by the international community. The elections were held in Donbas, Ukraine, on 11 November by Russian-backed separatists. The elections were illegal under Ukrainian law, illegitimate and in violation of the Minsk Agreements.

The EU stated that "the announcement that so-called "elections" will be held in the so-called "Luhansk People's Republic" and "Donetsk People's Republic" on 11 November 2018 runs contrary to the spirit and letter of the Minsk agreements, which have specific provisions regarding the organisation of local elections in that region."

Ukraine is governed by a regime that seized power in a bloody coup

Ukraine is governed by a regime that seized power in a bloody coup. Euromaidan would have not happened if people knew what will they will have to face: that the country will disintegrate, economy will collapse, civil war will break out, corruption will flourish…

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about Ukraine's statehood and Ukrainian nation. https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=&disinfo_issue=&disinfo_keywords%5B0%5D=77158&date=&offset=10 There was no coup in Ukraine in 2014. The demonstrations which began in Kyiv in November 2013 – called "Maidan", or "Euromaidan" – were not provoked from outside but were a result of the Ukrainian people's frustration with former President Yanukovych's last minute U-turn when, after seven years of negotiation, he refused to sign the EU–Ukraine Association Agreement and halted progress towards Ukraine's closer relationship with the EU as a result of Russian pressure. The protesters' demands included constitutional reform, a stronger role for parliament, formation of a government of national unity, an end to corruption, early presidential elections and an end to violence http://bit.ly/2ftv6iT. The European Union does not recognise the illegal annexation of Crimea and continues to condemn this violation of international law, and that Russia’s illegal actions remain a direct challenge to international security, with grave implications for the international legal order that protects the unity and sovereignty of all States. It was Russia that provoked a war in East of Ukraine, and it is not a civil war. 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 Regarding Ukraine’s economy and corruption: Ukraine's economy has continued the recovery started in 2016, following the recession of 2014-2015. GDP grew by 2.5% in 2017 and is projected to grow by 3.5% in 2018. Ukraine has made significant progress in consolidating public finances, notably by reducing the fiscal deficit from 4.5% GDP in 2014 to 1.4% in 2017. Inflation has decreased substantially since 2015, down to 13.7% in 2017 and 8.9% by July 2018. According to the World Bank's Doing Business survey, Ukraine ranks 76th in 2018, which is an improvement from 80th in 2017, and 142nd in 2010, the EU’s Association Implementation Report says. https://cdn3-eeas.fpfis.tech.ec.europa.eu/cdn/farfuture/aZnrbQ70ZJtiXaRXV69qTtPI-d-gbCzZxpirQUpU6EY/mtime:1541749617/sites/eeas/files/2018_association_implementation_report_on_ukraine.pdf The report notes the slower pace of reforms in the areas of the judiciary and anti-corruption measures.