Disinfo: Kyiv’s Western protectors are inflaming war in the Donbas

Summary

The West needs Ukrainian President Zelenskyy as a cover for the attacks on the republics in the Donbas. The Ukrainian army continues shelling the Donbas. The blood for the barbarian acts of Ukraine is on the hands of European leaders. These leaders continue to support Ukrainian aggression by claiming that Russia is not fulfilling its obligations under the Minsk Treaty. This is good for the West because they can keep anti-Russian sanctions in effect forever.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about the war in Ukraine.

The Minsk Treaty is violated by both sides. OSCE mission’s reports available on the OSCE website conclude that both sides breach the Minsk Treaty. The OSCE's Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine says that in the first quarter of 2020, 80% of weapons in violation of withdrawal lines were found in non-government-controlled areas. According to the organisation's daily reports, ceasefire violations can be attributed to both sides as well. The OSCE also notes that the Special Monitoring Mission has been continuously denied entry to non-government-controlled areas or their attempts to cross official checkpoints have been delayed, which impedes the implementation of the Mission's mandate throughout the country. There is no evidence that European leaders are either controlling the Ukrainian government in any way or giving orders to it to continue attacking the Donbas.

Moreover, the war in Ukraine is not a civil war. 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.

Russian President Vladimir Putin himself admitted to Russian military presence in Ukraine.

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  • Reported in: Issue 195
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 03/05/2020
  • Language/target audience: Hungarian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Anti-Russian, War in Ukraine, Donbas, The West, Sanctions
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Coronavirus epidemic disrupted European unity and accelerated EU disintegration

[…] the coronavirus epidemic disrupted the once strong European unity and accelerated [EU] disintegration processes.
It is already clear that there will be no Schengen visa. Well, most likely, there will be no European Union.
[…] today, everyone can see that the European Union is collapsing, even though until recently it seemed strong and unshakable.

Disproof

A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative that is consistent with the disinformation message that the Schengen zone has collapsed and more broadly, with the disinformation narrative that the EU is collapsing as a result of the coronavirus crisis.

The current situation is an example of how indispensable Schengen is to the European economy and way of life, and not just for Italy. In the current exceptional situation, many EU Member States introduced temporary border controls to slow the spread of coronavirus, which adhere to the Schengen border code, but the EU Commission is ensuring that EU-wide supply chains continue to operate and that flow of goods and key services continues around the clock.

The US is behind the removal of Konev’s monument in Prague

The decision to remove the monument to Soviet Marshal Ivan Konev in Prague was not made by the Czech leadership, it was a vile decision of people going against the national interests of the Czech Republic.

The conclusion to justify the liquidation of the monument was prepared by an American company.

Disproof

This is part of the recurring disinformation campaign about the statue of Marshall Konev in Prague. It also capitalises on the common pro-Kremlin narrative about the US standing behind all hostile anti-Russian intentions.

The democratically elected municipal council of Prague 6 voted for the removal of the statue. Using the protocol of the Politbureau's assembly, Czech historians established that on 8-14 May 1968 Konev chaired the Soviet military delegation sent to Prague to prepare the military invasion of Czechoslovakia. Konev was also chief of the Soviet troops in East Germany during the Berlin wall crisis in 1961. In other words, the Red Army brought not only liberation but also the terror to Czechia, as the mayor of Prague 6, Ondřej Kolář, reminded.

Former members of Bush Administration created an anti-communist group to advise president Trump against China

Several advisors for President Trump are members of a group born out of the George W. Bush administration, calling themselves Red Dawn. The New York Times just released some mails from these people. This group, nostalgic for the Cold War, is viscerally anti-communist. The USSR ceased to exist, but China is still being ruled by the Communist Party. They are convinced that “evil” Chinese are attacking them with Covid-19. President Trump marginalised them, but their ideas entered the public debate. In the same way that the 9/11 events allowed the adoption of the Patriot Act, which had been prepared in advance, now Covid-19 allows former members of the Bush Administration to reactivate their own crusade.

Disproof

This is a conspiracy theory deliberately misrepresenting the so-called ‘Red Dawn group’, which is by no means a formal group. According to the documents, originally published by the site Kaiser Health News and later collected and reviewed by the New York Times, the Red Dawn was simply a chain of email exchanges between a US elite group of infectious disease doctors and medical experts in the federal government and academic institutions, both inside and outside of the government. This group was concerned by the implications of the novel coronavirus outbreak and the response of the Trump Administration and other governments and global institutions, which they considered ill-conceived and insufficient.

“Red Dawn” was a notoriously anti-communist film released in 1984, but apart from that, there is no mention of any anti-communist ideology or any plan against China in the emails, or to any attack from the “evil Chinese”. The fact that some of these long-career experts served in the George W. Bush Administration is largely irrelevant, and there is no evidence that this group has an agenda to be implemented concerning taking advantage of the Covid-19 crisis.