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Donbas events were a classic rebellion against the Fascist tyranny

Summary of Disinformation

United Nations documents infer that the people have the right of rebellion against tyranny. Donbas events were a classical uprising against Fascist tyranny. People were told that they would be killed for speaking the Russian language.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative attempting to portray Donbas events as a civil war, with the aim to obscure ongoing acts of aggression by the Russian armed forces in Ukraine.

This message also contains another common pro-Kremlin narratives about Fascist / Nazi Ukraine and persecution of the Russian language speakers.

The right to rebellion against tyranny can be inferred in the third paragraph of the preamble to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which states: "Whereas it is essential, if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be protected by rule of law." However Ukraine was not subject to an authoritarian regime. After the Euromaidan the new President was elected in free and fair elections. According to the OSCE, "the people of Ukraine had the opportunity to genuinely express their will at the ballot box."

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Reported in: Issue 159
Date: 26.07.2019
Language: Belarus
Country: Russia, Ukraine
Keywords: Russian language, Donbas, Nazi/Fascist
Outlet where the disinformation appeared: Grani Formata @ Sputnik Belarus time 18:06 - 18:38
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