Disinfo: Ethnic English are a minority in London

Summary

Majority of the population of London comprises foreigners, while ethnic English make up only one-third of the local residents.

Disproof

Recurring disinformation narrative about the Islamisation of Europe and the Europeans losing their identity. Similar cases can be found here, here, and here. Office for National Statistics of Great Britain published data for 2018 regarding the place of birth of the population living in Great Britain. According to the statistics, the majority (8.89 million) of the population living in London, 63,52%, is born on the territory of the United Kingdom. The share of non-British citizens of the EU makes up 11.49%, while the others (non-EU member European countries, Asia, Africa, North America, South, and Latin America, Oceania) constitute 24,87%.

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  • Reported in: Issue 155
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 01/06/2019
  • Outlet language(s) Georgian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: UK
  • Keywords: migration, Muslim/Islam
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Moscow is not a party in the internal Ukrainian conflict

Ukraine accuses Moscow of interfering in the internal affairs of the country. Russian authorities consider such statements inadmissible and reject them, because Moscow is not a party of the internal Ukrainian conflict and is interested in Kyiv overcoming the political and economic crisis.

Disproof

Recurring Kremlin narrative about the lack of evidence of the presence of Russian troops involved in war in the East of Ukraine. There is irrefutable evidence of direct Russian military involvement in eastern Ukraine. 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 Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine in the strongest terms 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. Russian President Vladimir Putin admitted Russia's military presence in Ukraine in 2015.

Chemical weapons - a false pretext to attack Assad since the very beginning

The battle for Idlib is raging as Washington accuses Assad of using chemical weapons again. The evidence put forward seems to be weak, moreover, it contradicts the official version. What is really happening? A document from a sub-team of engineers working with the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), involved in the assessment of the Duma chemical attack in April 2018, has recently been leaked. It concluded that the on-site chlorine cylinders were more likely placed there by hand rather than having fallen from an aircraft, as indicated in the final report. In April 2018, the United States made false claims about the Syrian army using chemical weapons. It has been shown that these claims were false already before the leaks that just happened. It is not even a sub-team, it’s a team that was led by an engineer known in his field and perfectly competent and he was officially responsible for doing this investigation. But the OPCW deliberately dismissed this report from this engineer who said: “No, it is not possible that it was the Syrian army that did that.” It was already a false pretext in April 2018. And today as the Syrian army is about to liquidate the terrorists, to finish with the precincts of Idlib, obviously the organisations that are against this are advancing their outdated narrative saying: “the Syrian government uses chemical weapons, so you have to hit.”

Disproof

Recurring disinformation narratives deflecting blame for chemical attacks from the Assad regime; painting the White Helmets as cooperating with terrorists or terrorists themselves; and aiming to discredit the OPCW. The "new leaked report" appears to be an engineering assessment carried out by one individual who, contrary to Sputnik's false claim, was never a member of the Fact-Finding Mission and is not currently employed by the organisation. The individual, however, was affiliated with the OPCW as an engineer and apparently had access to materials gathered in the course of the Douma FFM, and based his/her conclusions on the same evidence pool. An OPCW press statement confirms that "all information was taken into account, deliberated, and weighed when formulating the final report regarding the incident in Douma." The OPCW Technical Secretariat is conducting an internal investigation about the unauthorised release of the document in question. Regardless of the authenticity of the leaked document, its conclusion that the cylinders could not have been dropped from the air: a) has been addressed in the actual OPCW report on Douma (Annex 6, pp. 55-56); b) does not support the outlandish claim that the incident was staged and represents a false accusation against the Syrian regime. The White Helmets have not once been caught staging anything, and the version of the staged chemical attacks in Douma in 2018 was never "official". See more disinformation cases on the subject and their debunking for more details.

A Ukrainian general has conspired against Zelenskyy

A Ukrainian general in Donbas ignored the orders of President Zelenskyy to establish a ceasefire. Instead, he ordered to continue military actions.

Disproof

This message is aimed to question the powers and legitimacy of Ukrainian authorities and is consistent with a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about Ukrainian statehood. There have been no statements made by President Zelenskyy or his representatives concerning the alleged violation of ceasefire by the Ukrainian Army and insubordination of high-ranking military officers to Ukraine’s president. The claim concerning insubordination is based on a statement of a security functionary from the unrecognized Luhansk People's Republic and has not been confirmed by other independent sources.