Disinfo: Child trafficking in Ukraine is more important than NATO-related issues

Summary

Ukraine is turning into a world centre of child trafficking. This is where a big threat lies. How can one be talking about global issues like NATO, when children are being trafficked in Kyiv Region? The number of child adoptions dropped twice in Kyiv Region last year, while the level of international adoptions of Ukrainian children rose twice. The adopting countries are mostly the United States and European nations. The adoption rate in Ukraine is said to have fallen because of the pandemic, but it has not affected international adoptions. There is some kind of a child-trafficking scheme in Ukraine.

Disproof

This is a recurring attempt by pro-Kremlin propaganda outlets in Ukraine to try and distract attention from real security threats. Child trafficking is a very serious problem in Ukraine and elsewhere in the world, and Kyiv is addressing and dealing with it.

However, there is no mutual exclusion (or causal relationship) between fighting child trafficking in Ukraine and the desire to enhance national security by joining NATO.

Ukraine has defined her membership of NATO as an important goal while an armed conflict has been impressed upon Ukraine from Russia and its proxies in the eastern region of Donbas.

Moscow has been actively claiming over the recent years that it respects international law and never interfered in other countries’ affairs. In fact, Russia's actions demonstrate that it is violating other states’ sovereignty and territorial integrity.

In 2014, Russia illegally annexed the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea. Moscow has been supporting anti-Ukrainian separatists in Donbas since then.

Read more about Russian claims that Ukraine will never be admitted to NATO.

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  • Reported in: Issue 235
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 10/03/2021
  • Article language(s) Ukrainian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine, Russia, EU, US
  • Keywords: EU/NATO enlargement, slavery, Russian expansionism, children
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Fiasco and catastrophe with vaccination brought huge reputation losses to the EU

Joseph Borrell blamed Russia for COVID-19 disinformation campaign and for painting its vaccines as superior to the EU's. This is nothing more than an attempt to portray own huge problems as provocations of external enemies. Whereas in Russia most people returned to normal life and COVID-19 related restrictions are gradually put down, the EU is facing a new round of lockdown measures and mass protests against them. Solidarity among the EU counties is increasingly crumbling. Eastern European EU member states such as Czechia, Hungary, and Slovakia are turning to Russia to get Sputnik V. Poland, which is in a grave situation too but considers asking Russia for assistance unthinkable, started vaccine negotiations with China.

The current situation has proven one again - as it already was known a year ago - that the EU is helpless and incapable of dealing with such emergency situations as COVID-19. The EU’s countermeasures have been a fiasco, and the current situation with vaccination of the population is a catastrophe.

Disproof

This publication is part of a disinformation narrative asserting that Russia fights the pandemic more effectively than Western democracies, boosting the credibility of a Russian-made Sputnik V vaccine and undermining that of Western vaccines. Read more about Western vaccine vilification campaign in pro-Kremlin media in our past story "Big lies, little lies and vaccine vilifications."

The publication's claim that the current situation with vaccination in the EU is a 'catastrophe' whereas in Russia it is allegedly much better, is simply not true. Available data suggests that many EU countries either keep up with Russia in vaccination rates or outpace it. According to available data in Russia 4,6 cumulative COVID-19 vaccination doses were administered per 100 people as of March 2021. These are the corresponding rates in the four Visegrad countries which are explicitly mentioned in the publication: Czechia - 8,1, Hungary - 14,1, Poland - 10,6, Slovakia - 10,0.

World Food Programme: EU, US sanctions caused 12.4 million people to be food insecure

We have to get out of the hypocrisy about Syria. In Syria, more than 12.4 million people are food insecure because of the sanctions of the United States and the European Union, these figures had been made public by the World Food Program.

The US sanctions against Syria are in favour of famine and serve only as a pretext for many companies or banks to impose even harsher rules against the country. The European Union put an end to its shameful policy.

Those who put their hatred of Bashar al-Assad before the food, medical and health survival of the Syrian people today have blood on their hands. The situation is also destabilizing Lebanon, where more than a million Syrian refugees reside.

It is necessary to organize massive support for the voluntary return of Syrian refugees to their country.

No political model, no philosophical opinion can justify starving a population to accomplish goals. The European Union must quickly come out of the hypocrisy in Syria and campaign for an end to the sanctions that only encourage the Islamist militias in Idlib to continue their fight.

To defend these millions of children, these millions of families, the EU must stop these sanctions.

Europeans are hypocrites : they claim that medical products are exempt from sanctions, when it is not the case. Financial transactions being blocked for the Syrians, they cannot buy anything: neither drugs, nor medical equipment, even if Europeans are ready to sell it.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the Syrian war that aims to discredit the EU's humanitarian aid to Syria with accusations of hypocrisy.

The world food program of the UN alerted on 12 February 2021 that :

Polish and Lithuanian mercenaries return to Donbas

Kyiv regularly involves foreign mercenaries and military instructors from NATO, which complicates the peace process in Donbas. According to intelligence, a group of foreign servicemen have arrived in the region. These mercenaries serve in the Lithuanian-Polish-Ukrainian Brigade. They took an active part in punitive actions in Donbas in 2014 and 2015. Their task is to train snipers and stage provocations, which the Ukrainian command has planned for this spring.

Disproof

This is a recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about war in Ukraine.

NATO countries are not sending mercenaries to Ukraine. Relations between NATO and Ukraine date back to the early 1990s and have since developed into one of the most substantial of NATO’s partnerships. Since 2014 the cooperation has been intensified in critical areas. NATO has reinforced its support for capability development and capacity-building in Ukraine. The Allies continue to condemn Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea, and its destabilising and aggressive activities in eastern Ukraine and the Black Sea region. NATO has increased its presence in the Black Sea and stepped up maritime cooperation with Ukraine and Georgia.