Disinfo: Any attempt to give Donbas to Ukraine will be perceived as surrendering the territory to the Nazis. 

Summary

Any attempt to give Donbas to Ukraine will be perceived as surrendering the territory to the Nazis.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Nazi Ukraine.

The myth of Nazi-ruled Ukraine has been the cornerstone of Russian disinformation about the country since the very beginning of the 2013-14 Euromaidan protests, when it was used to discredit the pro-European popular uprising in Kyiv and, subsequently, the broader pro-Western shift in Ukraine's foreign policy.

Far-right groups enjoyed a very limited presence during the Euromaidan itself and had poor results in the 2014 presidential and parliamentary elections. In the 2019 election, far-right candidates fell short of the 5% minimum guaranteeing entry into parliament.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 185
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 20/02/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Donbas, Nazi/Fascist
  • Outlet: Polnyi Kontakt @ Vesti FM [23:30 - 24:00]
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EU sanctions for merely doing business with Damascus

The European Union imposed sanctions on a group of Syrians for merely doing business with Damascus, citing that it deals with the Syrian government, while experts said that trade between Syria and Europe has been suspended for years.

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EU sanctions concerning Syria are targeted at the Syrian regime and its policies, as are the restrictions put in place. It should be noted that the restrictions include exemptions for humanitarian needs and purposes.

In February 2020, the European Council added eight prominent businessmen and two entities linked to those businessmen to the list of persons and entities subject to the sanctions against the Syrian regime and its supporters. The justification was that their activities directly benefited the Assad regime, including through projects located on lands expropriated from persons displaced by the conflict.

New documents on MH17 show that there was no BUK missile in the crash area

Military intelligence of the Netherlands did not find any BUK anti-aircraft missile system capable of bringing down the Malaysian Boeing that crashed near Donetsk in 2014. The West, and the Netherlands, in particular, have been blaming Russia for everything. But experts have long understood that the trial will not lead to anything, because many facts are falsified and collected unreliably.

Disproof

This case adds a new spin to the Kremlin's disinformation campaign to discredit the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) inquiry into the downing of the flight MH17.

The allegedly leaked documents do not contradict the findings of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT). According to the Russian investigative journalism site the Insider, the documents list the coordinates of the points where the Ukrainian and Russian Buk-M1 systems known to intelligence were located and conclude that none of them could have brought down the Malaysian airliner. However it is not an exhaustive list of BUK missiles that could have been located in the area of the disaster. See further reporting by the Insider. 

Russia is not behind the cyber-attack on Georgia

There is no evidence of the involvement of Russian official bodies in malicious activities in the electronic networks of Georgia.

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Disinformation in reaction to the announcement by Georgia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs at a special press-conference on February 20th that a massive cyber-attack on a Georgian server was carried out by Russia. This was followed by statements from the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the US Embassy, the UK, the Kingdom of Netherlands, Australia and Poland, condemning Russia's cyberattack on Georgia.

The EU has stated that this attack showed disregard for security and stability in cyberspace and undermined the development of political, social and economic benefits provided by the Internet and the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs).