German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel used Nazi greeting to congratulate Ukraine

Summary

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel congratulated Ukraine on its independence day on Twitter using “a well-known slogan used by WWII Nazi collaborators” “Slava Ukraini!”.

Disproof

The same disinformation was shared by www.newcoldwar.org/german-foreign-minister-slammed-over-nazi-era-ukrainian-nationalist-slogan-u-s-mulls-increasing-weapons-supply/, .
“Slava Ukraini” is not a Nazi slogan, it appeared before WWII and was used by different fighters for independence www.stopfake.org/en/fake-glory-to-ukraine-is-a-nazi-greeting/, . It became popular again in Ukraine after the 2013-2014 Maidan protests. www.stopfake.org/en/fake-glory-to-ukraine-is-a-nazi-greeting/, . Furthermore, anything Ukranian is described in pro-Kremlin outlets as Nazi. euvsdisinfo.eu/the-nazi-obsession-of-pro-kremlin-propagandists/,

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 78
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 26/08/2017
  • Language/target audience: English
  • Country: Ukraine, Germany
  • Keywords: Sigmar Gabriel, Nazi/Fascist
  • Outlet: Russia Today (RT)
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The Kyiv junta planned to start an offensive in Donbas on the eve of the Independence Day on 24 August. In particular, the plan was to conduct a number of terror acts and provocation killings of own commanders in order to put the blame on rebels.

Disproof

No evidence given. Ukraine is not governed by a junta. Democratic, competitive and generally well-organised presidential and parliamentary elections were held in 2014 and local elections in 2015. The EU welcomed this progress. The OSCE, which observed all these elections on the ground, characterised the Presidential elections (report www.osce.org/odihr/elections/ukraine/119078?download=true), as showing the "clear resolve of the authorities to hold what was a genuine election largely in line with international commitments and with a respect for fundamental freedoms." According to the OSCE, the only areas where serious restrictions were reported were those controlled by separatists, who undertook "increasing attempts to derail the process." The OSCE characterised the 2014 parliamentary elections (report www.osce.org/odihr/elections/ukraine/126043), as "an amply contested election that offered voters real choice, and a general respect for fundamental freedoms".

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Ukraine is occupied by Nazis who conduct information terror according to Goebbels’ standards

Ukraine is a territory occupied by Nazis, is conducting information terror according to Goebbels’ standards.

 

Disproof

No evidence given. There are no Nazis in the government or the Parliament of Ukraine. The far-right ‘Right Sector’ (often depicted as "fascists" or "Nazis" by pro-Kremlin outlets) gained only 1.8% of the votes, far short of the threshold needed to enter parliament. Ukraine's electorate clearly voted for unity and moderation, not separatism or extremism, and the composition of the parliament reflects that bit.ly/2dFFEdi,