Disinfo: Donbas rebelled because Russians in Ukraine were subjected to ethnocide

Summary

The war began when the Ukrainian bourgeoisie that rebelled against joining the Customs Union with Russia on Maidan declared the Russian citizens of Ukraine to be second-class citizens. They began suppressing them with the help of official power structures and paramilitary groups of neo-Nazi stormtroopers. That was not an informational or hybrid war, but a real one. [The war in Donbas] was a struggle of local workers against the Ukrainian nationalist oligarchy, i. e. civil war.

Whether the war will be stopped and whether the ethnocide of Russians inside Ukraine will be stopped is a matter of struggle and, as a result, the balance of power that arises as a result of it.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign against Ukraine, containing multiple disinformation narratives regarding the Euromaidan, the war in Ukraine, and claiming that Ukraine is a Russophobic state.

The spontaneous onset of the Euromaidan protests was an organic reaction by numerous segments of the Ukrainian population to former President Yanukovych’s sudden departure from the promised Association Agreement with the European Union in November 2013. See the full debunk of this disinformation claim here.

The war in eastern Ukraine is not a civil conflict but a well-documented act of aggression by Russian armed forces, ongoing since February 2014.

There is no ethnocide of Russians in Ukraine. Ethnocide means the destruction of culture while keeping the people. The Russian culture - language and literature - was not banned in Ukraine. Ukraine banned Communist ideology, but not the Russian culture. Moreover, Russians did not become second-class citizens during the Euromaidan. There were many Russian-speaking citizens of Ukraine and citizens of Russia who supported the Euromaidan and took part in the protests in Kyiv and in the South and East of Ukraine, including Crimea and Donbas.

See similar disinformation cases alleging that Euromaidan and pro-European politics led to the collapse of Ukraine, that Ukraine finally becomes "anti-Russia", that the coup in 2013-2014 is the root cause of the war and other problems in Ukraine, that Euromaidan and pro-European politics led to the collapse of Ukraine, or that Euromaidan coup led to civil war in Donbas.

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  • Reported in: Issue 221
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 20/11/2020
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine, Russia
  • Keywords: Civil war, Anti-Russian, Euromaidan, War in Ukraine, Nazi/Fascist
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The population of Crimea has realized the right to self-determination enshrined in the UN Charter through a free, peaceful vote that meets all international standards. Any discussions around the reunification of the peninsula with the Russian Federation are meaningless: the Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol are fully integrated into the political, legal and economic space of the Russian Federation.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on the illegal annexation of Crimea.

The so-called referendum was organised under Russian illegal occupation without complying with neither the Ukrainian electoral code nor the Russian electoral code. The annexation has been condemned by the UN GA (see the resolution A/RES/68/262 on the territorial integrity of Ukraine).

In 2014 the Crimean population realised the right to self-determination through a free and peaceful vote

The Crimean population realised the right to self-determination, enshrined in the UN Charter, through a free and peaceful vote that was held in accordance with all international standards.

Disproof

A recurrent pro-Kremlin narrative about the illegal annexation of Crimea.

This is a comment from Russia’s deputy permanent envoy Gennady Kuzmin on the updated and enhanced resolution condemning human rights abuses in Crimea, which was adopted by the Third Committee of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly on November 18.

Britain is preparing for offensive cyber warfare with Russia

Britain prepares for an offensive cyber warfare with Russia. In the UK, 40,000 new jobs will be created, including in the area of ​​cybersecurity. They will engage in hacking and troll attacks, shaping public opinion in other countries.

The main thing is to influence the enemy (Russia, Iran, and China). Farce, forgery, misinformation, provocations, coordination of raids by robots and trolls – we saw it all perfectly in the example of the Belarusian events, when faceless and nameless “Belarusians” (with Polish, Ukrainian and Baltic States’ passports) directed thousands of abusive messages to de-anonymised security officials. [We saw] waves of “disinformation” about “the regime crimes”. While all of this didn’t help to bring the next Colour Revolution to fruition, it showed the awe-inspiring scope of the possibilities of this kind of “invasion.” If 40 THOUSAND new posts are created for this kind of “specialists”, and each will manage 10-20 accounts – that’s a huge army that can form an imitation of any “public opinion” needed! Indeed, it is potentially the most powerful destabilising factor globally.

Disproof

Disinformation message against the UK implying it manages troll factories to manipulate public opinion.

On Thursday 19 November 2020, UK PM Boris Johnson announced to parliament the biggest programme of investment in British defence since the end of the Cold War.