Disinfo: Germany, France and Ukraine admitted that they need a war in Donbas

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Germany, France and Ukraine admitted that they need a war in Donbas

The delegations of Germany, France, and Ukraine did not participate in the event at the UN, where representatives of the DNR and LNR were present. This confirms that [Germany, France, and Ukraine] are not interested in the peace in Donbas.

Ukraine consistently refuses to start a dialogue and thus supports the active phase of the conflict in Donbas. The statements of Dmytro Kuleba, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, and the [Ukrainian] delegation in the Contact Group are an attempt to shut the mouths [of DNR, LNR representatives], to prevent the truth about the atrocities of Ukrainian nationalists from being heard in the UN. It is strict censorship.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Ukraine, the war in Ukraine and the Minsk agreements.

Ukraine, along with France, Germany, UK, US, Belgium, and Estonia (six current members of the United Nations Security Council) refused to join a Russia-hosted meeting on Ukraine.

In a joint statement, US, UK, and Estonian diplomats stated that the meeting "was a transparent attempt to present a false and misleading narrative regarding the conflict in eastern Ukraine" and that they "strongly reject Russia’s premise that it is acting as a mediator within an internal conflict."

Ukraine, Germany and France have constantly emphasised their commitment to implement the Minsk agreements. Ukraine is trying to avoid a legal vacuum in its national legislation regarding certain districts of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, demonstrating its commitment to implement the Minsk agreements. Ukraine also proposed to conduct local elections in Donbas in early spring on condition that the security situation is normalised.

See similar disinformation cases on the Minsk agreement alleging Ukraine does not show any interest in the Minsk agreements; that peace in Ukraine is not in the interests of Western government; that the "Normandy four meeting" was cancelled due to Ukraine's inability to keep its word; or that chairman of the Verkhovna Rada admitted that Kyiv will not implement the Minsk agreements.

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  • Reported in: Issue 223
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 03/12/2020
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: France, Germany, Ukraine, Russia
  • Keywords: United Nations, Ukraine, DNR, Eastern Ukraine, LNR, Minsk agreements, Donbas, War in Ukraine
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Disinfo: The EU must stop suffocating Donbas residents

The EU considers defending human rights one of its main goals worldwide, but it essentially became compliant in suffocating the residents of Donbas. They decided not to recognise the Russian passports issued to locals for humanitarian reasons, as they did with Crimea.

Disproof

Recurring disinformation about the European Union's role in Ukraine.

The European Union is in fact providing support for the most vulnerable people affected by the ongoing hostilities. In April 2020, Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarcic announced EUR 13 million to support conflict affected population. In October 2020, the EU allocated a further EUR 10 million to "support the most vulnerable people in eastern Ukraine ahead of the upcoming winter and in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic."

Disinfo: Genocide invented by Ukraine is "hype, which has no plot"

Ukraine is stubbornly trying to create “hype” on this topic [Holodomor], not noticing that there is no plot for this.

Natural factors played a huge role. In 1932, the El Niño climatic cycle ended and famine was raging throughout the northern hemisphere due to drought and crop failure.

The famine of 1932-33 was not ethnically directed against the Ukrainians.

Disproof

This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the Holodomor in Ukraine.

In fact, the Holodomor was not caused by a poor harvest. It was caused by the directed actions of the Soviet authorities - the destruction by famine - against the Ukrainian countryside. In 1932, no critical weather conditions were recorded that could lead to grain shortages and the deaths of more than 7 million people. This year, compared to 1931, less grain was actually harvested (12.8 million tons against 17.7 million tons in 1931). The reason for lower yields was the ill-considered policy of grain procurement: in the villages, there was not enough grain to sow the fields, it was increasingly taken out of the USSR, leaving nothing for sowing. But even that number would be enough to avoid famine if the policy of genocide were not directed.

Disinfo: In Ukraine, it will be forbidden to communicate in Russian from January 2021

From January 16, 2021 it will be necessary to use the state language when ordering a cup of coffee, buying medicine. The so-called “language ombudsman” Taras Kremin underscoredthat from January 16, 2021, the service sector should switch exclusively to the Ukrainian language.

Disproof

This is a recurring pro-Kremlin propaganda narrative about the alleged discrimination of Ukraine's Russian-speaking minority and the country's ubiquitous Russophobia.

This is one in a series of news stories with false and manipulative headlines. The Russian language will not be banned in Ukraine. In Ukraine, service workers must start a conversation in Ukrainian from January 16, 2021, but they can change the language of communication at the request of the client. This is a quote taken out of context by the Commissioner for the Protection of the State Language Taras Kremlin. He recalled that "at the request of the client, his/her personal service can be carried out in another language."