Kyiv is sabotaging the peace settlement in Donbas

Summary

Kyiv does not want to fulfill all it’s obligations [ to the Minsk accords and the Steinmeier Formula] and, in particular, to withdraw their forces.

Disproof

One of the pro-Kremlin messages about the Kyiv government sabotaging peace in the Donbas region. See previous cases about the Minsk agreements and the war in Ukraine.

According to the daily report by the SMM OSCE, the Mission recorded fewer ceasefire violations in both the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, but those violations came from both sides. It is the same situation concerning the withdrawal of forces. The SMM OSCE observed weapons in violation of withdrawal lines in government-controlled areas of Donetsk region and in non-government-controlled areas of Luhansk region.

Steinmeier's Formula calls for elections to be held in the separatist-held territories under Ukrainian legislation and the supervision of the OSCE. The withdrawal of forces is the other step that should be done before the planned elections. "There won't be any elections there if the troops are still there," said the president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

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  • Reported in: Issue 171
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 20/10/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Eastern Ukraine, War in Ukraine, Minsk agreements
  • Outlet: Evrozona @ Vesti FM time 1:10-1:20
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The U.S. will easily betray the Baltic states and hand them over to Russia

By abandoning Syrian Kurdistan, the U.S. demonstrated that they can betray their allies at any moment just because they are lazy to deal with their problems. The more Poland, the Baltic countries, and other Eastern European fans of American strength will tug uncle Sam’s sleeve, shout about “Russian threat” and demand ever more American tanks, grenade launchers, and special forces, the more probable that Americans will betray and leave them to Russia to deal with.

In fact, Russia is neither interested in Baltic countries nor needs them. They are a godforsaken province, a dual periphery of the West and East. However, the Baltic countries constantly reproduce and attempt to sell the conflict, build their international image at the expense of Russia’s demonization, demand NATO allies an even larger militarization of Russian border, and take West-Russia cooperation as a threat to their interests. Such inadequate allies may drag the U.S. into the entirely unnecessary conflict and force Americans to defend them a thousand miles away from the U.S. shores. Americans do not need this, hence they will easily hand Baltic states over to Russia.

Disproof

The publication contains recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the Baltic states and Poland as Russophobic and anti-Russian and the US is an unreliable ally which does not care about the Baltic states. It also aims to discredit the Baltic states by portraying them as insignificant, inadequate, and trouble-making.

The Baltic states are full-fledged NATO members, and the principle of collective defence remains at the very heart of NATO’s founding treaty. Hence in case of an armed attack against them each of the other NATO members will "assist the Party or Parties so attacked by taking forthwith, individually and in concert with the other Parties, such action as it deems necessary, including the use of armed force, to restore and maintain the security of the North Atlantic area," Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty stipulates. The principle of collective defence "remains a unique and enduring principle that binds its members together, committing them to protect each other and setting a spirit of solidarity within the Alliance," NATO Website reads.

Ukrainian autocephaly is a tool to split the Orthodox world

The purpose of the conflict between our church [the Russian Orthodox Church] and the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, over the so-called Ukrainian autocephaly, is not to acknowledge the schismatics in Ukraine. The purpose is to split the Russian world from the Greek world.

Disproof

conspiracy theory, presented without any evidence. Pro-Kremlin disinformation outlets have frequently attacked the establishment of an autocephalous Ukrainian church.

The Russian Orthodox church decided to break communication with Constantinople after the latter announced that it would “proceed to the granting of autocephaly to the Church of Ukraine”. On 5 January 2019, after the final decision of the synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, Patriarch Bartholomew signed the tomos of autocephaly.

Three types of Russophobia are turning Belarus into anti-Belarus and anti-Russian state

The basis of the Russian World idea is a fair society and world order. Russia’s foes are concerned about its prospects because it can potentially result in a post-Soviet reunification. Hence, the key tool of political war against the Russian World is Russophobia, i.e. a hostile attitude and hatred towards any Russian manifestations in the whole post-Soviet space. In Belarus, Russophobia is aimed at radically distorting the national consciousness of Belarusians. Its main tool is a doctrine of Polishness which presents Belarusian history through the lens of Polish-Catholic interests. The objective of the Polishness doctrine is not to turn Belarusians into Poles, although this scenario cannot be ruled out, but rather to change their cultural and civil belonging, to cultivate a hostile attitude towards Russia and the Russian World and to tear Belarus away from Russia. The competing civilisation project can be named the 4th Rzezhpospolita.

Polishness and Belarusianness bring a threat to the integration processes in the post-Soviet space and to Belarus itself. We talk about the threat of transforming Belarus into a Russophobic and anti-Russian country. In Belarus, Russophobia is presented in three formats. First, the openly anti-Russian propaganda of the Association of Belarusian Language and other similar groupings. Second, pro-European parties which hide their pathological hatred of Russia under European values. They always paint Russia in a black light and present it as the source of evil on the planet, their activities are based on U.S. and EU instruments. Third, the Russophobia of Belarusian officials, the most dangerous type of Russophobia. A number of state bodies and universities for humanities are its representatives.

All three types of Russophobia have a common objective: to take away the all-Russian basis of national consciousness from Belarusians, to turn Belarusians into haters of Russia, to create a ground for disrupting the Russian-Belarusian union, to revoke the Treaty on the Union State between Belarus and Russia, and to turn Belarus into anti-Belarus.

Disproof

This article represents a mix of conspiracy theories, groundless generalisations and assumptions which aim to discredit the West and Poland in particular, the democratic Belarusian opposition and specific NGOs such as the Association of Belarusian Language. It offers an arbitrary concept of Polishness, makes the preposterous claim that Belarusianness is a threat to Belarus and paints virtually all Belarusian organisations which do not clearly follow pro-Russian policies in any field as Russophobic. The article follows recurring pro-Kremlin narratives about Western aggressiveness and anti-Russian and anti-Belarusian activities, the West's attempts to disrupt Belarus-Russia relations, Russophobia in the West and everywhere including in Belarus, and Poland's plans to re-establish an empire at the expense of its Eastern neighbouring countries.

See earlier disinformation messages alleging that Poland has plans to turn Belarus into a vassal, anti-Russian state with Belarus’ western part being an eastern part of a new Polish state, that the West is  targeting the Union State between Belarus and Russia, that the Belarusian opposition, civic activists and independent journalists make kill lists for Western security bodies, and that the West's only interest in Belarus is to make it anti-Russian.