Disinfo: European Union leadership has changed its position on the war in eastern Ukraine

Summary

The European Union leadership has changed its position on the war in eastern Ukraine and is considering a Russian plan for ending the conflict. The US Special Representative for Ukraine Mr Volker recently made such an announcement.

Disproof

The European Union position on the conflict in Ukraine remains the same eeas.europa.eu/headquarters/headquarters-homepage/4081/eu-ukraine-relations-factsheet_en, . Furthermore, Volker has never said that Europe’s position regarding Ukraine has changed. In every public interview, Volker reiterates that the purpose of a peacekeeping mission in Ukraine is to ensure security in the entire conflict zone and not only on the line of conflict, but on the border between Russia and Ukraine. Further debunking at Stopfake www.stopfake.org/en/fake-europe-considering-russian-plan-for-eastern-ukraine-conflict/, .

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 86
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 26/10/2017
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: European Union, War in Ukraine

Disclaimer

Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

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In a letter addressed to Konrad Szymański, the Secretary of State on the European affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini urges the Polish authorities to reconsider the position concerning the education reform undertaken by the government of Ukraine.

Disproof

The letter is faked twitter.com/eu_eeas/status/924256888597962752.After, the European External Action Service published the debunk, the Foreign Ministry of Russia did the same.

We have seen the use of faked letters targeting politicians in pro-Kremlin disinformation several times before, for example:on 21 February 2015, a letter signed by Swedish Minister of Defence Peter Hultqvist appeared on social media through a Twitter identity of a well-known Swedish military affairs journalist. The letter, sent to Magnus Ingesson, CEO of BAE Systems Bofors AB, concerned the sale of weapons to Ukraine. On 2 September 2015, a letter signed by Tora Holst, head of the International Public Prosecution Office in Stockholm, was uploaded to CNN’s Istory website and later broadcast on Russian state television and pro-Kremlin media. The letter purported to concern an attempt to quash prosecution of a Swedish citizen for war crimes committed in Ukraine. The third letter, uploaded to Pressbladet, purported to be from Nada al-Qahtani, a female IS leader to Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström, and concerned a conspiracy from Sweden to send weapons to Islamic State via Turkey. www.thelocal.se/20170107/swedish-think-tank-details-russian-disinformation-in-new-study, .

Mogherini allowed human rights to be violated in Ukraine

In a letter addressed to Konrad Szymański, the Secretary of State on the European affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini urges the Polish authorities to reconsider the position concerning the education reform undertaken by the government of Ukraine.

Disproof

The letter is faked twitter.com/eu_eeas/status/924256888597962752, . After the European External Action Service published the debunk, the Foreign Ministry of Russia did the same.

We have seen the use of faked letters in pro-Kremlin disinformation several times before, for example:on 21 February 2015, a letter signed by Swedish Minister of Defence Peter Hultqvist appeared on social media through a Twitter identity of a well-known Swedish military affairs journalist. The letter, sent to Magnus Ingesson, CEO of BAE Systems Bofors AB, concerned the sale of weapons to Ukraine. On 2 September 2015, a letter signed by Tora Holst, head of the International Public Prosecution Office in Stockholm, was uploaded to CNN’s Istory website and later broadcast on Russian state television and pro-Kremlin media. The letter purported to concern an attempt to quash prosecution of a Swedish citizen for war crimes committed in Ukraine. The third letter, uploaded to Pressbladet, purported to be from Nada al-Qahtani, a female IS leader, to Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström, and concerned a conspiracy from Sweden to send weapons to Islamic State via Turkey. www.thelocal.se/20170107/swedish-think-tank-details-russian-disinformation-in-new-study, . See also

Ukraine can’t guarantee the security of its nuclear power plants without NATO

Ukraine is appealing to NATO for help with security for its nuclear power plants.

Disproof

Recurring disinformation that Ukraine's nuclear power platns are a threat to the surroundings www.stopfake.org/?s=%D0%90%D0%AD%D0%A1, . Ukraine is looking to NATO for training and not for protection of its nuclear power plants, as the Ukraina.ru headline falsely claims. Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister for European Integration Ivanna Klympush Tsintsadze announced recently that Ukraine was initiating the process of joining the NATO Energy Security Center of Excellence recently launched in Vilnius, Lithuania. She made the announcement in the wake of a NATO-Ukraine meeting on training aimed at protecting critical electricity infrastructure that took place in October. The NATO Energy Security Center of Excellence was set up to identify potential energy threats and provide proposals and recommendations to NATO allies for dealing with them effectively, develop mutual assistance instruments for extreme situations and military training programs to protect critical energy infrastructure. Further debunk by Stopfake www.stopfake.org/en/fake-ukraine-can-t-guarantee-its-atomic-plants-security-without-nato/, .