Disinfo: Former Ukrainian government is responsible for 13,000 deaths in Donbas


The former government of Ukraine and the so-called new ones, who came to power on the wave of Maidan, took 13,000 lives.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about war in Ukraine.

It is true that, according to the official data, provided by the United Nations, in a five-year war in Eastern Ukraine, more than 13,000 people have been killed. However, the Ukrainian government did not initiate the conflict. The Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court stated that “the information available suggests that the situation within the territory of Crimea and Sevastopol amounts to an international armed conflict between Ukraine and the Russian Federation". 

There is irrefutable evidence of direct Russian military involvement in eastern Ukraine.


  • Reported in: Issue 154
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 10/06/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Ukraine, Eastern Ukraine, War in Ukraine


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OPCW redacted its own report on Douma chemical attack

After the OPCW charged the Syrian regime with perpetrating the April 2018 chemical attack in Douma, a number of the watchdog’s own investigators have questioned the official account of the tragedy.

The OPCW’s conclusions ignore a minority report produced by its own members, which proves that the chemical agent cylinder found at the site of the alleged attack could not have been dropped from the air. Instead, it was placed there by somebody on the ground.

This instance of OPCW’s suppressing and redacting its own findings undermines public trust in the organization.


Recurring pro-Kremlin narratives aiming to discredit the OPCW and casting chemical attacks in Syria as false-flag operations.

The "minority report" cited by the guest appears to be an engineering assessment carried out by one individual who was never a member of the OPCW Fact-Finding Mission. The individual, however, was affiliated with the OPCW as an engineer and apparently had access to materials gathered in the course of the Douma Fact-Finding Mission, and based his/ her conclusions on the same evidence pool.

The extermination of all non-Jews seems an ultimate implied goal of the Jewish religion

The enslavement or extermination of all non-Jews seems an ultimate implied goal of the Jewish religion.

Jewish lives have infinite value, and non-Jewish ones have no value at all, which has obvious policy implications. For example, in a published article, a prominent Israeli rabbi explained that if a Jew needed a liver, it would be perfectly fine, and indeed obligatory, to kill an innocent Gentile and take his.


Anti-Semitic hate speech. The News Front article is full of age-old, unfounded, anti-Semitic tropes. See here for other examples of anti-Semitic disinformation narratives.

For information about EU-policies to combat anti-Semitism - see here.

Polish activist was jailed for promoting Russia

Polish activist Mateusz Piskorski has been jailed for “influencing Polish public opinion in ways useful for Russia,” which is now a terrible crime in Poland.


The statement grossly misstates the nature of Mateusz Piskorski's activity and the charges he is facing.

In 2016, Mateusz Piskorski was arrested and accused of espionage on behalf of Russia and China, for which he was to receive financial remuneration between 2009 and 2016.