Disinfo: A clash of civilizations prompted a domestic military conflict in Ukraine

Summary

A clash of civilizations prompted a domestic military conflict in Ukraine. The confrontation between Orthodox Slavic and Western Christian civilizations has been manifest in the Ukrainian society. A civilizational factor as a catalyst of domestic military conflict in Ukraine is often overlooked or put in doubt. Ukraine’s federalization could soften the negative impact of the civilizational factor, however this scenario was not supported by either the West or Ukrainian oligarchs.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the war in Ukraine and Ukrainian statehood.

It was Russia that provoked a war in Ukraine, and it is not a civil war or 'domestic military conflict' as the disinformation message alleges.

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 2014 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.

The European Union stated in July 2014 that "arms and fighters continue flowing into Ukraine from the Russian Federation".  At the NATO Summit in Wales in September 2014, NATO leaders condemned in the strongest terms Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine and demanded that Russia stop and withdraw its forces from Ukraine and along the country’s border.  NATO leaders also demanded that Russia comply with international law and its international obligations and responsibilities; end its illegitimate occupation of Crimea; refrain from aggressive actions against Ukraine; halt the flow of weapons, equipment, people and money across the border to the separatists; and stop fomenting tension along and across the Ukrainian border.

According to the US Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA), Russian special forces and troops operated to mobilise, lead, equip, and support separatist militias in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine from spring 2014 to the present, although their presence was denied by Moscow.

Ukraine is a sovereign state. Neither US, nor the EU control Ukraine and impose decisions concerning the mode of government (federalism vs unitary state), etc.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 148
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 23/04/2019
  • Language/target audience: Belarus, Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Eastern Ukraine, West, War in Ukraine, Conspiracy, Ukrainian statehood
  • Outlet: Sonar2050
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The Orthodox church is the main enemy of the zionist West

According to Zbigniew Brzezinski, after the collapse of communism, the zionist West’s main opponent became the Orthodox church. The Balkan wars in the late 1990s were a manifestation of this concept as they were clearly based on differences between civilisations.

Disproof

A conspiracy theory and recurring disinformation narrative about alleged anti-Orthodox strategy of the West, involving Zbigniew Brzezinski as a mastermind of western anti-Russian activities.

Zionism is the nationalist movement of the Jewish people that supports the re-establishment of a Jewish homeland in the territory defined as the historic land of Israel. The claims about the zionised West are ungrounded.

Ukrainian wealthiest people are controlled by the US and Israel

Over 80% of the wealthiest people listed in top 200 richest Ukrainians do not represent the Orthodox civilisation. Their activities are coordinated from the US and Israel, which aim at limiting the scope of confrontation among Ukrainian oligarchic clans and consolidating them against Russia.

Disproof

A conspiracy theory and recurring disinformation narratives about West's anti-Russian campaign and Ukraine under foreign control.

See an earlier disinformation case alleging US influence over Volodymyr Zelensky through Israel.

The EU Parliament is a place of corruption, voting in the elections is worthless

Elections are a tool used to hide mistrust of political authorities and confidence in their own strength. Parliaments are corrupt, be it through the contributions by lobbyists or through the misguided belief that one can actually make a difference by voting in parliamentary elections. This self-deception is the cheapest corruption.
Elections to the European Parliament have been held since 1979. The Parliament’s chief purpose has always been the stabilization of financial rule, the best example of which is the Euro-coup. If you cast a vote in the EU Parliament elections, you will never get it again.
Disproof

This is a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative questioning the EU institutions' legitimacy and powers and seeking to discourage voter turnout in elections.

The European Parliament is the EU's only directly-elected institution. Since 1979, it has been elected by EU voters every 5 years. The last elections were in May 2014, and the next ones are in May 2019.

The European Parliament is one of the EU's two law-making bodies.  It has constitutional-type and ratification powers. It passes EU laws, together with the Council of the EU, based on European Commission proposals.  It has budgetary powers, scrutiny over the executive, hears citizens’ petitions, and appoints the European Ombudsman. A detailed overview of the European Parliament’s role in the European decision-making process can be consulted here.