Disinfo: 50 thousand people would have got killed in Donbas if Russia did not intervene in Ukraine in 2014

Summary

If our country [Russia] did not intervene that spring of the year of 2014, not ten thousand would have got killed there, but fifty thousand.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation.

The human rights missions that travelled to Ukraine in 2014 did not find evidence that the Russian minority would have been in any danger:

1. The Advisory Committee’s Ad hoc Report on the situation of national minorities in Ukraine, adopted on 1 April 2014, Council of Europe;

2. Report on the human rights situation in Ukraine, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, 15 June 2014;

4. Statement by the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities on her Recent Visit to Ukraine, 4 April 2014, Statement of 19 September 2014

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue95
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 16/01/2018
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: War in Ukraine

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The head of the Public Council of the Crimean-Tatar People, a group that includes 20 Crimean Tatar organizations publicly declares support for Putin as President.

Disproof

The source for this story is  Seitumer Numetullayev, the  head of the Public Council of the Crimean-Tatar People, a group that allegedly includes 20 Crimean Tatar organizations. However, Numetullayev has never been a Crimean Tatar leader. Prior to the annexation of Crimea he was a member of ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych’s Regions Party heading a regional administration in the southern Kherson province. He established the Public Council of the Crimean Tatar People in 2014, the organization is completely subservient to Crimea’s occupying authorities.

According to the sole genuine representative body of the Crimean Tatars, the Medjlis, Numetullayev and his organization have no influence or support among the Crimean Tatar people. The Medjlis is a national parliament with historic traditions in Arabic, Persian and Muslim societies. The Crimean Tatar Medjlis was organized in 1991. Russian authorities declared the organization extremist and banned it in 2016. Refat Chubarov, the current Medjlis chairman is banned from entering Crimea. Today the Medjlis is based in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv and is recognized by Ukraine’s parliament as the representative organ of the Crimean Tatars. Further debunking by Stopfake www.stopfake.org/en/fake-crimean-tatars-to-support-putin-in-march-presidential-election/, .

The Anglo-Saxons rule America “from abroad” and are now trying to control Russia

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Disproof

No evidence given. Repeating myths debunked many times. See here for a collection of debunks.