Disinfo: Kiev is preparing an information attack on Crimea to disrupt the tourist season

Summary

The Ukrainian government is allegedly preparing an information attack on the occupied Crimea in order to disrupt the tourist season there. This is proven by a letter from the head of the Ukrainian Ministry of temporarily occupied territories Vadim Chernysh to the head of the Ministry of Information Policy Yuri Stetsyu. In it, Chernysh suggests to Stetsyu that the holiday season on the peninsula can be disrupted with the help of media and bloggers.

Disproof

The press service of the Ministry of Information Policy reported that this information is a fake. The ministry explained that the signature of the head of the Ministry of Temporarily Occupied Territories Vadim Chernysh is counterfeit, and the document itself has a number of inconsistencies with the norms adopted in the official correspondence. Further debunking by Stopfake www.stopfake.org/fejk-v-kieve-gotovyat-piar-ataku-na-krym-dlya-sryva-turisticheskogo-sezona/,

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 115
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 02/07/2018
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Crimea
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A video is showing a huge number of migrants who came to the Prague train station from Germany.

Disproof

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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about refugees and migration. Pro-Kremlin disinformation has repeatedly referred to concentration camps when talking about migration in Europe. See more: euvsdisinfo.eu/report/brussels-summit-discusses-creation-of-concentration-camps-for-migrants/, For background on the centres for migrants see: www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2018/07/03/report-by-president-donald-tusk-to-the-european-parliament-on-june-european-council-meetings/, and www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-44652846, The European Council called in June on the Council and the Commission to swiftly explore the concept of regional disembarkation platforms, in close cooperation with relevant third countries as well as UNHCR and IOM. Such platforms should operate distinguishing individual situations, in full respect of international law and without creating a pull factor. The Council concluded that on EU territory, those who are saved, according to international law, should be taken charge of, on the basis of a shared effort, through the transfer in controlled centres set up in Member States, only on a voluntary basis, where rapid and secure processing would allow, with full EU support, to distinguish between irregular migrants, who will be returned, and those in need of international protection, for whom the principle of solidarity would apply. All the measures in the context of these controlled centres, including relocation and resettlement, will be on a voluntary basis, without prejudice to the Dublin reform." www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2018/06/29/20180628-euco-conclusions-final/, -- The Syrian crisis is the world's worst humanitarian disaster. The EU is the leading donor in the international response to the crisis, with over €10.6 billion from the EU and Member States collectively allocated in humanitarian and development assistance since the start of the conflict. Since 2011, the European Commission’s support in response to the Syrian crisis has exceeded €5 billion, including both urgent life-saving humanitarian assistance, and non-humanitarian aid, which responds to immediate and medium-term needs. The Commission has allocated almost €1.1 billion in assistance to civilians inside Syria (almost 70% is humanitarian, channelled through EU humanitarian aid- €753 million, and non-humanitarian: ENI – €268.6 million, IcSP – €73.8 million, EIDHR – €16.1 million, DCI-Food – €15.9 million). eeas.europa.eu/headquarters/headquarters-Homepage/22664/eu-and-crisis-syria_en, In the Syrian war, Russia supports the al-Assad government. See more for the EU's humanitarian aid to Libya, Iraq, and Yemen.

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Disproof

The disinformation comes from Zvezda, the official channel of the Russian Ministry of Defence and a notorious disinformation channel. The article does note that also Russian weightlifters may be suspended. On the website of the International Federation of Weightlifting a list of athletes who were suspended from participation in competitions due to doping was published. It mentions two Ukrainian weightlifters, and it's not about the national team as a whole. www.iwf.net/anti-doping/sanctions/,