Disinfo: An enormous number of Russian-speaking hostages in Ukraine

Summary

Russia could freak out in retaliation, but Russia should not enter an armed standoff with Ukraine, because there is “an enormous number of Russian-speaking hostages” in Ukraine. — Russia is not conducting “any kind of war” against Ukraine. Ukraine has lost its sovereignty, it is a “colony or protectorate of the US. Russia has never sent any troops to Ukraine to take part in military operations.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation attempting to show that Ukraine is behind the aggression, while in fact it was Russia that provoked and maintains the war in Ukraine. See further debunk here: euvsdisinfo.eu/report/russian-spring-civil-war-was-unleashed-in-east-of-ukraine-by-little-nazis-in-kyiv-after-a-coup/, Multiple evidence that Russian armed forces conduct a war in Ukraine euvsdisinfo.eu/report/the-osce-the-pentagon-nato-headquarters-and-the-council-of-europe-do-not-recognize-the-facts-of-russias-aggression-against-ukraine-primarily-the-intrusion-of-russian-tanks-and-paratroopers-into-do/, Ukraine is recognised in international law as a sovereign nation state, with its own flag, nationality, language etc. The Russian-speakers are citizens of Ukraine. According to polls by the Razumkov Center, in 2017 68 percent of Ukrainians said Ukrainian was their native language, 14 percent consider Russian to be their native language, and 17 percent said they were native speakers of both Ukrainian and Russian. www.kyivpost.com/ukraine-politics/honest-history-episode-2-ukrainians-speak-russian-language-kremlin-uses-stoke-conflict-ukraine.html,

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  • Reported in: Issue 120
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 28/09/2018
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine, Russia
  • Keywords: Russian language, Ukrainian statehood, War in Ukraine
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50 Moscow Patriarchate churches in Ukraine captured over the last four years

Schismatics captured by assault more than 50 Moscow Patriarchate churches in Ukraine since 2014.

Disproof

There has been no assault. According to the Ukrainian law, the owner of the church building and all church property is not the patriarchy or the diocese, but the parish community, even when the parishioners decide to move from one Church to another. Further debunk by The Insider. Similar disinformation: euvsdisinfo.eu/report/neo-nazis-preparing-to-assault-a-monastery-in-kiev/,

There is no connection between Petrov, Boshirov and Skripal's poisoning

UK’s Prime Minister Theresa May was “lying and distorting” facts at the UN General Assembly, while stating that Russia was guilty of Sergey Skripal’s poisoning. There is no proven connection between Petrov, Boshirov and Skripal’s poisoning. This is a political provocation.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about Skripals' poisoning. Two Novichok suspects claimed they were visiting Salisbury Cathedral but, according to the street cameras, they went two miles along the wrong route that is opposite to this place and leads to the house of Skripal.

Bellingcat and the Insider can confirm definitively that both “Alexander Petrov” and “Ruslan Boshirov” are active GRU officers. This conclusion is based both on objective data and on discussions with confidential Russian sources familiar with the identity of either one of the two persons. Bellingcat can confirm the authenticity of the leaked passport file of “Boshirov”, and that it contains all three markings that helped identify “Petrov” as a security-service asset: “Top Secret” annotations, a blank biographical page referring to a secret attached letter, a “do not provide information” stamp, and issuing authority unit 777001, exclusively used for state VIPs and intelligence officers. In addition, “Boshirov” also has no recorded history prior to the issuance of his domestic ID passport in 2010 (2009 in “Petrov”’s case). See further debunking by the Bellingcat.

"They are going to brainwash them": Kyiv is deploying forces to Western Ukraine

The administration in Kyiv is planning to introduce a 90-day-long state of emergency in Transcarpathia. This will introduce several restrictions for people. A few days ago a document was published, which suggests that Kyiv is losing control over Western Ukraine. Allegedly, the letter was written by Oleg Voyevodin, the head of the Ukrainian Securty Service in Transcarpathia, to Alexander Turchinov. In it, Vojevodin discusses activities that would be performed by the secret services to prepare the region for the state of emergency. According to the article, there are two possible goals by introducing this state of emergency: there are separatists in Transcarpathia that Kyiv had kept secret before; or they are trying to save Petro Poroshenko’s presidency by making it impossible to hold elections in the whole country. Additionally, a local Ukrainian reporter shot a video of Ukrainian military units going from Lviv to Transcarpathia.

Disproof

There is no proof that Ukraine wants to introduce a state of emergency anywhere in the country, and nothing suggests that there are either separatists in Transcarpathia or the administration wants to avoid elections.