Disinfo: Deployment of any missions at the Russia-Ukrainian border will contradict the Minsk Agreements

Summary

The issue of deploying a UN peacekeeping mission at the Russian-Ukrainian border in Donbas is off the table as it would be contradicting the Minsk agreements on the ceasefire in the eastern Ukrainian region.

Disproof

The Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements do not mention peacekeeping missions. www.osce.org/ru/cio/140221?download=true, Instead, they do state that full Ukrainian government control has be restored over the state border, throughout the conflict zone. In addition, all foreign armed groups, weapons and mercenaries have to be withdrawn from Ukrainian territory under the OSCE monitoring. Further debunk: theins.ru/antifake/71968,

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  • Reported in: Issue 81
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 22/09/2017
  • Outlet language(s) English
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine, Russia
  • Keywords: UN, Minsk agreements, Donbas, War in Ukraine
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During 25 years of independence, no pro-European government in Ukraine came to power by democratic voting

For the 25 years of independence, there has not been any pro-European government in Ukraine that came to power by democratic voting. Everything happened through revolutions. We remember the Orange Revolution of 2004-2005 and we remember the revolution of Gidnost 2013-2014 [in English: Dignity].

Disproof

Ukraine is governed by a democratically elected government. Democratic, competitive and generally well-organised presidential and parliamentary elections were held in 2014 and local elections in 2015. The EU welcomed this progress. The OSCE, which observed all these elections on the ground, characterised the Presidential elections (report here) as showing the "clear resolve of the authorities to hold what was a genuine election largely in line with international commitments and with a respect for fundamental freedoms." According to the OSCE, the only areas where serious restrictions were reported were those controlled by separatists, who undertook "increasing attempts to derail the process." The OSCE characterised the 2014 parliamentary elections (report here) as "an amply contested election that offered voters real choice, and a general respect for fundamental freedoms".

US and Europe brought both Hitler and Poroshenko to power

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Disproof

No evidence given to prove the theory related to the role of the US and European states in the case of Hitler; Germany brought Hitler to power. As for Petro Poroshenko, there are no Nazis in the government nor in the parliament of Ukraine. Even the far-right ‘Right Sector’ (often depicted as "fascists" or "Nazis" by pro-Kremlin outlets) gained only 1.8% of the votes, far short of the threshold needed to enter the parliament. Ukraine's electorate clearly voted for unity and moderation, not extremism or Nazism, and the composition of the parliament reflects that bit.ly/2dFFEdi,

Since 2013, NATO has been unleashing aggression against Russia

It is quite clear that Russia, since 2013, has been a subject for aggression by the coalition of NATO countries that is the strongest in the world and led by the US.

Disproof

There are no facts that either NATO or any member of this block has unleashed an aggression against Moscow since 2013. NATO has consistently worked to build a cooperative relationship with Russia since the early 1990s: no other NATO partner has been offered a comparable relationship, nor a similarly comprehensive institutional framework: bit.ly/2e0TZnG, . Cooperation has been suspended in response to Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine, which the Allies condemn in the strongest terms. Political and military channels of communication remain open. www.nato.int/cps/en/natolive/topics_50090.htm,