After a coup Kiyv imposed siege on the people of Donbas

Summary

Five years ago, after a coup, Kiyv sent its army to Donbas to impose a siege affecting around 4 million people – all because people of Donbas wanted to defend their right to speak their own language.

The people were deprived of food, medicine and other products. Russian passports are salvation and a humanitarian response.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the Euromaidan and war in East Ukraine.

The spontaneous onset of the Euromaidan protests was a reaction of numerous parts of the Ukrainian population to former President Yanukovych’s sudden departure from the Association Agreement with the European Union in November 2013.  See the previous debunk here.

Ukraine did not impose a siege on its own territory. There is irrefutable evidence of direct Russian military involvement in eastern Ukraine.

Russian decree on enabling the simplified issuing of passports in certain areas of Ukraine's Donetsk and Luhansk regions is considered another attack on Ukraine's sovereignty (see also here). According to the EU, the timing of such a decision immediately after Ukraine’s Presidential election, which demonstrated Ukraine's strong attachment to democracy and the rule of law, shows Russia’s intention to further destabilise Ukraine and to exacerbate the conflict.

Since 2014, the Ukrainian government has required citizens in Donetsk and Luhansk, which are not controlled by Kyiv, to register as internally displaced persons in government-controlled areas of Ukraine in order to receive their pensions and other entitlements.

 

 

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  • Reported in: Issue 151
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 28/04/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: humanitarian aid, War in Ukraine, Donbas, Euromaidan
  • Outlet: Tolstoy @PervyiKanal (03:38 - 07:10)
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Unlike Russia, the West degrades traditional values and endangers societies

Western media describe Russia is a danger to Western “liberal democracy”. But the West puts all efforts in degrading and discrediting traditional values, the deliberate rejection of these values and the transition to fictional, unstable and malignant structures, pseudo-values, which endanger society. The Russian system of values, although different from the Western one, is something that should be sought. Therefore, it is no coincidence that the right-wing parties in the West want to cooperate with Russia.

 

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative aimed at portraying the West as depraved, an immoral actor fighting against traditional values and endangering societies. The idea of Moscow being the protector of traditional values is not new and is part of the notion of Moscow being the Third Rome.

'Threatened values' is one of the most common narratives used by pro-Kremlin outlets.

The West does not consider Russians as people

When Hungary, Moldova and Romania give passports to Ukrainians it is not considered an interference in the internal affairs of Ukraine. But when Russia does it, it is considered so. Giving passports to Ukrainians in Hungary and Romania is not seen as an aggression. Giving Russian passports in Donbas is seen as an aggression. The reason is one and very simple. “The West” does not think of Russians as people.

Hungarians and Romanians, as members of the EU are seen as masters in Ukraine, that is why they are allowed to do anything.

 

Disproof

Disinformation message consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin narratives about Russophobia and Ukraine lacking statehood.

Russian decree on enabling the simplified issuing of passports in certain areas of Ukraine's Donetsk and Luhansk regions is considered an attack on Ukraine's sovereignty (see also here for more information).

Issuing Russian passports to people in Donbas is a humanitarian act

[Issuing passports to people in Donbas] is Russia’s humanitarian response to a situation which has become unbearable, where people are deprived of basic human rights

In Donbas, the new Russian passport holders will get fewer rights than those in Crimea. Yet this is indeed a humanitarian act and will be much appreciated by the Donbas residents.

Disproof

Russian decree on enabling the simplified issuing of passports in certain areas of Ukraine's Donetsk and Luhansk regions is considered an attack on Ukraine's sovereignty. See here for background.

According to the EU, the timing of such a decision immediately after Ukraine’s Presidential election, which demonstrated Ukraine's strong attachment to democracy and the rule of law, shows Russia’s intention to further destabilise Ukraine and to exacerbate the conflict.