Disinfo: “Devaluation” of Victory Day means “devaluation” of Ukraine

Summary

Some forces intentionally tried to devalue the Victory Day only because Russia celebrates it, this meaning that Ukraine should not celebrate… The attempt to “devalue” Victory Day is an attempt to “devalue” the state of Ukraine itself.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative distorting the events of the Second World War.

Since 2016, in the framework of the law on decommunisation, on 9 May, Ukraine began to celebrate "Victory Day over Nazism in World War II of 1939-1945." The holiday replaced the "Victory Day over fascism in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945."

The relevant law No. 2539 “On the Perpetuation of the Victory over Nazism in World War II of 1939 - 1945” was adopted on 9 April 2015, by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. The law defines the duty of the state and citizens of Ukraine to respect the memory of the victory over Nazism in WWII; war veterans, members of the Ukrainian liberation movement and the victims of Nazism. At the same time, while respecting the memory of those who fell during WWII, the use of Soviet symbols was cancelled. Instead, now the official symbol of the celebration of the Day of Victory over Nazism in WWII is the red poppy flower - the generally accepted symbol in the world for the celebration of significant days of WWII.

Also, together with many EU countries, on 8 May, Ukraine annually celebrates Remembrance and Reconciliation Day. The holiday is celebrated on the day of the surrender of Nazi Germany on 8 May 1945.

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  • Reported in: Issue 198
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 07/05/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: World War 2, WWII
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Washington forced the EU to impose sanctions on Russia

The problem is that Europe is subject to strong pressure from Washington, which forced it to impose sanctions on Russia. Additionally, Europe politicises the coronavirus and every issue related to Russia even its humanitarian actions.

There is more than one example that proves that Europe is very much subject to American decisions, not only with regard to sanctions but also the nuclear agreement of Iran and many other issues. The important thing here is that the voices calling for the lifting of sanctions increase and strengthen, but Washington will not allow it.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the US presence in Europe, portraying Europe as a vassal of the USA and trying to undermine the sovereignty of European countries.

The European Union is a sovereign entity, created by the voluntary initiative of European nations, and it has its own, independent foreign policy. Its citizens are directly represented in the European Parliament and Member States are represented in the European Council and the Council of the EU. The United States of America is not part of these institutions. The US had no role in the creation of the EU and has no say in its decisions.

The EU would like to make money on “poor Ukraine”

The EU Council has approved the allocation of a loan of 1.2 billion euros for Ukraine. It means that the EU would like to make money on “poor Ukraine”. “Green power” [Zelensky’s team] will steal a billion euros, and force the Ukrainian people to return the money with interest.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative undermining the statehood of Ukraine and casting it as abandoned by its partners.

The European Union allocates money to help Ukraine and other countries cope with the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. The EU is confident that “together with the support from the International Monetary Fund, the funds will help enhance macroeconomic stability and create space to allow resources to be allocated towards protecting citizens and to mitigating the negative socio-economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic.” According to the press-release by the European Council, financial assistance will be provided in the form of loans on highly favourable terms.

The OSCE mission ignored wounding of three children in Donetsk

The OSCE special monitoring mission refused to inspect four civilians, including three children, who suffered during the shelling of Donetsk.

Representatives of the OSCE SMM were invited to examine the victims and the scene, but they refused under the pretext of a ban on visits to hospitals. Thus, they ignored “their direct mission to record all facts of ceasefire violations without exception.”

Disproof

A recurring narrative misrepresenting the ceasefire violations in Eastern Ukraine and the response of international organisations, like OSCE, to these.

On the evening of 4 May, at 20:30, the SMM received information that three children (girls, aged 7-10) and a man (in his mid-fifties) sustained injuries due to shelling in Oleksandrivka (non-government-controlled area, 20km south-west of Donetsk), according to one of the recent OSCE reports.