Disinfo: Russian war of aggression against Ukraine in 2014 a myth

Summary

The aggression that Russia is supposed to have waged against Ukraine in 2014 is a myth.

 

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about the Russian aggression in Ukraine. Russia that started the war against Ukraine in 2014, violating Ukraine's territorial integrity and supporting and arming separatist groups in Eastern Ukraine.

The Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has 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. This international armed conflict began at the latest on 26 February when the Russian Federation deployed members of its armed forces to gain control over parts of the Ukrainian territory without the consent of the Ukrainian Government

More on the war in Ukraine here.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 143
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 26/03/2019
  • Language/target audience: German
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: 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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EU countries fence themselves off from Russia, with a wall of fascism

Europe fences itself off from Russia with a wall of fascism. It tries to isolate itself with the help of hate and Russophobia. This is much more efficient “than stone walls”. Despite the annual marches of neo-Nazis, the European Union does nothing to condemn them.

 

 

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on the West as Nazis and fascism in Europe. See earlier cases about "European Russophobia"

Nazi or fascism ideology and the EU are based on opposite values ​​and principles. The European Union provides a consistent policy to combat racism, xenophobia and other forms of intolerance.

EU suffers from its own sanctions more than Russia

The European Union suffers more from its own sanctions than Russia. Cancelling the sanctions would demonstrate that Europeans are capable of resisting the pressure from the United States.

From the EU’s point of view, it is extremely odd to impose sanctions that affect European companies more than Russian companies.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Western sanctions on Russia. You can see other examples of this narrative on the illegitimate and useless sanctions against Russia here and here.

According to the Washington Post, sanctions imposed on Russia after the Crimea annexation and Russian meddling in the US elections sapped Russian economical growth, including with a very modest growth despite the raise in hydrocarbon prices, the stagnation of salaries and growing inflation.

Ukraine was involved in the shooting down of MH17

The Ukrainian side is involved in the catastrophe of the shooting down of MH17 over the Donbas.

The plane crash was followed by a phenomenally rapid reaction by the Ukrainian government. It is clear that President Poroshenko and his press service were informed in advance. The fact that the airspace over the war zone had not been closed is also an indication. Two high-ranking Ukrainian security officers were directly involved in the tragedy.

 

Disproof

Conspiracy theory that the Ukrainian side was involved in the shooting down of MH17, with no evidence provided. An example on the many competing and contradictory stories promulgated by Russian state-controlled media on MH17.

The Dutch-led Joint Investigation Team has concluded that flight MH17 was shot down on 17 July 2014 by a missile of the 9M38 series, launched by a BUK-TELAR, from farmland in the vicinity of Pervomaiskiy (or: Pervomaiskyi). At that time, the area was controlled by pro-Russian fighters. The BUK-TELAR was brought in from the territory of the Russian Federation and subsequently, after having shot down flight MH17, was taken back to the Russian Federation.