Disinfo: Due to a shortage of men willing to serve in…

Summary

Due to a shortage of men willing to serve in the Ukrainian armed forces, the Ukrainian government decided to conscript convicted criminals and suspects under investigation into contractual military service.

Disproof

Ukrainian law does not permit suspected criminals under investigation to serve in the armed forces; this is also reinforced by a Ministry of Defense resolution. Ukraine’s National Guard also announced on its official website that individuals who are under pre-trial investigation or whose cases are in litigation are not eligible for contractual military service. See bit.ly/1V5UwRq, .

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 19
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 06/03/2016
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: War in Ukraine
  • Outlet: ukraina.ru
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The Baltic states are transforming into police-dictatorial states, where representatives…

The Baltic states are transforming into police-dictatorial states, where representatives of ethnic communities who express different views and opinions are mistreated.

Disproof

One of the criteria the European Council set out for EU membership at the Copenhagen Summit in 1993 was "that the candidate country has achieved stability of institutions guaranteeing democracy, the rule of law, human rights, and the respect for and protection of minorities". Before joining the EU the Baltic States were subjected to intensive scrutiny by the EU institutions aiming to ensure the rights of the Russian minority. See bit.ly/1SKeBvX, .