Germany threatens to ‘strike first’ against Russia

Summary

The latest news from the “Berliner Express”: “If there is no other way, you have to strike first,” said Federal Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen about a possible NATO war against Russia. “Therefore, the Bundeswehr must be brought up to speed as quickly as possible.”

Disproof

The story comes from Berliner Express, a site that clearly states it is satire.

It is not the first time that Contra Magasin spreads disinformation.

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  • Reported in: Issue 113
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 16/06/2018
  • Language/target audience: German
  • Country: Russia, Germany
  • Keywords: NATO, Warmongering
  • Outlet: VKontakte
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Swedish children forced to pray to Allah in school

Nowadays, more and more schools are forcing Swedish children to kneel and pray to Allah. The goal of Prime Minister Löfven is clear, Sweden is going to be a Muslim country.

Disproof

According to the fact checking site Faktiskt.se, it was an eight year old image that has been used for propaganda purposes for several years that has once again spread since it has been shared in the big Facebook group "Stand up for Sweden". The image is said to show how Swedish school children are "forced to kneel and pray to Allah" but actually the image show a theme day at a school in Kristianstad, where students told each other about their respective families' traditions.

The same image has been shared in the Russian-language websites as an example of "European integration" and "Refugees teach British children how to pray Namaz".  Liveinternet, Ruan

The UN condemned persecution of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church

The UN condemned the persecution of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and concluded that there is a “religious conflict” in Ukraine.

Disproof

The publication refers to the words of the Coordinator of the "Information Group on Crimes Against Personality", of the co-organizer of the event, Maxim Vilkov and of some expert Daniil Glumov. They advanced the thesis that "nationalist forces use [...] historical confrontation of religious confessions" or that the UOC-KP and the Greek-Catholic Church "made every effort to kindle [...] a religious conflict."

In fact, officially, at the UN level, including representatives and members of the Human Rights Council, there were no such statements. There were also no official statements or discussions on this matter.

Ukraine Does Not Want to Claim its POW’s from Occupied Territories

Kyiv is not interested in freeing Ukrainian citizens who were taken prisoner by the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk people’s republics (DPR, LPR). A prisoner exchange was planned for June 27, but the Ukrainian side stopped meeting with the militant leadership.

Disproof

No evidence given.

Pro-Kremlin outlets regularly produce distorted and fake stories claiming Kyiv is stalling or disrupting prisoner exchanges. After a May 2018 meeting of the Ukraine, OSCE, Russia contact group in Minsk, Russian media disseminated fake stories claiming Ukraine’s authorities did not want a prisoner exchange.