Disinfo: Latvia repeats the Donbas path to civil war

Summary

[Context: Russian speakers’ rights in Latvia]: When you look at the parallels with how the tragedy and civil war started in Donbas, you realise that the same is happening in Latvia.

Disproof

Repeating recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about war in Ukraine. euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=&disinfo_issue=&disinfo_keywords%5B%5D=77110&date= It was Russia that provoked a war in Ukraine, and it is not a civil war. For further debunking see euvsdisinfo.eu/report/russian-spring-civil-war-was-unleashed-in-east-of-ukraine-by-little-nazis-in-kyiv-after-a-coup/

No evidence of any kind of threat of civil war in Latvia. Background on Ukraine:euvsdisinfo.eu/report/crimea-is-a-result-of-the-ban-on-the-russian-language/, Prior to the May 2014 Presidential elections, acting President Turchynov refused to sign legislation repealing the language law of 2012, which allows the use of the Russian language for official purposes at regional level. Human rights missions that travelled to Ukraine in 2014 did not find evidence that the Russian minority would have been in danger: 1. The Advisory Committee’s Ad hoc Report on the situation of national minorities in Ukraine, adopted on 1 April 2014, Council of Europe; 2. Report on the human rights situation in Ukraine, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, 15 June 2014; 3. Statement by the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities on her Recent Visit to Ukraine, 4 April 2014

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  • Reported in: Issue 120
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 25/09/2018
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine, Latvia
  • Keywords: Civil war, Russian language, Donbas
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The murder of Russian pilots has been provoked by Israel and the US

There has been no response from the Russian Ministry of Defence on the incident in Syria – the murder of Russian pilots that has been provoked by Israel and, possibly, by the US, deserves much tougher retaliatory measures.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation on US and Syria. https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=syria&disinfo_issue=&date= On the night of September 17-18, Syrian regime military forces shot down a Russian military plane by accident shortly after Israeli Air Force planes conducted an air raid inside Syria. All 15 crew member aboard the Ilyushin Il-20 maritime patrol aircraft were killed.Further debunking by Polygraph: https://www.polygraph.info/a/syrian-regime-forces-shot-down-russian-military-plane-by-accident/29498924.html In Syria, the US Army officials are in constant contact with Russian officers to prevent any military accidents there between Washington and Moscow. According to Israel Defense Forces, the Russian plane was shot down by the Syrian air defenses who pulled the trigger and launched and SAS missile at the Ilyushin Il-20. "By the time Syrian anti-aircraft missiles had been launched (when the accident took place), Israeli warplanes responsible for the overnight operation were already back within Israeli airspace". Moreover, Russian president Vladimir Putin himself has declared that it looks "most likely in this case that it was a chain of tragic chance events, because an Israeli aircraft did not shoot down our aircraft".

Ukraine plans to Kill With Impunity in Donbas

Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin has turned to the US for the right to kill with impunity. – – – Whereas for Russia and “DPR” and “LPR” the main thing is to prevent more people dying, Ukraine’s primary objective for Donbas is to blockade it and starve it to death.

Disproof

Foreign Minister Klimkin said on Sunday, in his interview to the independent "Radio NV", that Ukraine is preparing together with international partners a new UN resolution for peace-keeping mission on the occupied territories in the conflict zone of Donbas. The key elements of this resolution are:

  • Bringing international peace-keeping forces;

  • Introducing police patrols, which would disarm illegal military groups;

  • International administration, which would take over the control from the so-called "DPR/LPR authorities".

More than 10,000 people have died during the war, including 3,000 civilians. Russia's support to the separatists continues fuelling the war.

A video has been produced by the White Helmets civil defence group and showing "three versions" of a staged attack

The agreement [between Putin and Erdoğan] also thwarted an alleged plan to stage a chemical attack and lay the blame for it at the door of the Syrian government. A video has been produced by the White Helmets civil defence group showing “three versions” of a staged attack. .

Disproof

No evidence given. Another round of disinformation about the White Helmets preparing a staged chemical attack in Syria started spreading on August 25 by the Russian Ministry of Defence; see latest cases on White Helmets: https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=white+helmets&disinfo_issue=&date= Russia, backing President Bashar al-Assad in Syria, has been preparing for an offensive on the city of Idlib. After Putin’s talks with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu told reporters there would not be an offensive now. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-putin-erdogan-hope/russia-and-turkey-agree-to-create-buffer-zone-in-syrias-idlib-idUSKCN1LX1BU According to Bellingcat, “it is clear that Russia and its allies are intent on muddling the media landscape in the event that Assad yet again uses chemical weapons during a future Idlib offensive.” https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/09/02/russian-disinformation-campaign-syria-threatened-spark-new-war/ Read more: www.lemonde.fr/les-decodeurs/article/2018/08/31/attaques-chimiques-en-syrie-les-intox-de-la-russie-pour-brouiller-les-pistes_5348708_4355770.html#xtor=AL-32280270 Background: On 7 April 2018, a high number of civilians were killed in the besieged Syrian city of Douma, with evidence pointing towards another chemical attack by the regime, according to the EU. According to the World Health Organisation, during the shelling of Douma on Saturday, an estimated 500 patients presented to health facilities exhibiting signs and symptoms consistent with exposure to toxic chemicals. http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/statements/2018/chemical-attacks-syria/en/ See also Bellingcat's open source survey on the suspected chemical attack: https://www.bellingcat.com/news/mena/2018/04/11/open-source-survey-alleged-chemical-attacks-douma-7th-april-2018/ In September 2017, the UN Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic summarized 33 separate incidents where it had found use of chemical weapons. Since then there have been several additional suspected chemical attacks. Between March 2013 and March 2017, the Commission documented 25 incidents of chemical weapons use in the Syrian Arab Republic, of which 20 were proven to have been perpetrated by government forces and used primarily against civilians. http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/IICISyria/Pages/IndependentInternationalCommission.aspx