Disinfo: Kyiv is imposing a siege on Donbas

Summary

We hope that the siege imposed by Kyiv on Donbas will be lifted as soon as possible.

Disproof

A recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative attempting to portray the Ukrainian government as the aggressor in the Donbas, when in fact Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity continue to be violated by acts of aggression by Russian armed forces.

The territories of Donbas are internationally recognised parts of Ukraine. The EU has stressed on several occasions that Ukraine’s borders must be respected. On 27 March 2014, the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 68/262 confirming Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. Moreover, the international community, including the European Union, recognises and condemns clear violations of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity by acts of aggression by the Russian armed forces since February 2014.

See similar cases that territories of Donbas are under Ukrainian occupation and that Ukraine instigated a civil war in Donbas.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 195
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 30/04/2020
  • Outlet language(s) Arabic
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: UK, Russia
  • Keywords: Ukraine, Eastern Ukraine, Ukrainian statehood, Donbas, War in Ukraine
see more

Kyiv tried to arrange a «COVID-19-sabotage» on Donbas

Kyiv tried to arrange a «COVID-19-sabotage» on Donbas. The Ukrainian side handed over to DNR a prisoner who was infected with the coronavirus infection COVID-19.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about Ukrainian aggression against residents of Donbas in addition to Ukraine's management of the coronavirus crisis. This is an unfounded claim, presented without any evidence. Based on a large number of photos and videos taken during the exchange of detained persons between Kyiv and “LDNR” on 16 April 2020, it can be seen that they were all provided with personal protective elements such as masks. The respective photos and videos were published by Ukrainian media. Even Newsfront itself published photos showing that the detainees are wearing Personal Protective Equipment.

Ukraine lost territorial integrity after Zelenskyy signed the land market law

Zelenskyy has no right to talk about the territorial integrity of Ukraine after he signed the land market opening law. The Ukrainian government continues to destroy systematically the formerly sovereign state. The physical extermination of their people, financial slavery, and now the sale of land are far from all the methods that the Kyiv regime is capable of.

Disproof

This is a recurrent narrative aimed to discredit Ukrainian statehood. The claim that the adoption of the law on the land market is an illustration of foreign control and loss of territorial integrity for Ukraine is false. The law states that only Ukrainian citizens and companies registered in Ukraine and under Ukrainian law will be eligible to buy agricultural land in Ukraine. Other restrictions are prescribed by the law. Also, the Association Council welcomed the official Kyiv steps to open the land market, which "should be based on the rule of law and the principles of sustainability, transparency, fairness and inclusiveness."

The Skripal affair was forgotten because after two years no essential evidence was found

The Czech Republic accused Russia of attempting to poison officials who demolished the Marshal Konev monument. These accusations remind us of the Skripal affair which everyone forgot because no essential evidence was ever found.

Disproof

A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative attempting to delegitimise any criticism of Russian actions by presenting it as a manifestation of the West's "anti-Russian" provocations. In fact, incidents such as the Skripal case and the downing of MH17 are well-documented cases of acts of Kremlin-enabled violence outside Russia. Although the entirety of evidence against Russia in the Skripal case has not been made public, the evidence in the public domain is very significant and leaves no room for doubt. Two operatives of the Main Directorate of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation (known as its former Russian acronym GRU) have been identified by UK Police Authorities as the chief suspects. Their identities have been further studied by investigastion network Bellingcat: Anatoliy Chepiga and Aleksandr Mishkin. The monument in Prague to Marshall Konev was erected in 1980 during the "normalisation" period in communist Czechoslovakia. The democratically elected leadership of Prague's Municipal District 6, which retains legal ownership of the statue, voted to move the monument to a museum and replace it with a memorial commemorating Soviet sacrifices in the fight against Hitler in general, and the liberation of Prague in particular. More information available here. The Kremlin's reaction to this decision has been extremely hostile, and as of last week, the mayor of Prague 6 has been under police protection after a Russian agent allegedly arrived in the Czech Republic carrying ricin poison. See similar cases here that there was no evidence of Russia's involvement in the poisoning of Skripals and that Russia is accused of US election meddling and the Skripals’ poisoning without proof. For further cases on the Konev monument, see here.