Disinfo: MH-17 tragedy was a special operation executed by Ukraine and…

Summary

MH-17 tragedy was a special operation executed by Ukraine and those who back Kyiv in the West, in order to discredit Russia.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory. The international team pinpoint a hill in farmland west of Pervomaiskyi controlled by separatists as a launch site. A statement from the JIT described its evidence as “irrefutable”, offering video footage, photographs, satellite images and recordings of tapped phone calls between rebels to support its findings that the MH17 was downed by a BUK missile that had come from Russia: bbc.in/2cBgBV5,

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue42
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 26/09/2016
  • Language/target audience: English
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: West, MH17

Disclaimer

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Disproof

Extremists and provocateurs, to whom Russian media devote much attention, are indeed one of the threats faced across the country but they constitute a very small minority. The vast majority of Ukrainians want peace, stability and democracy, as witnessed by the democratic and inclusive Presidential elections held on 25 May 2014. This was reconfirmed by the parliamentary elections of 26 October 2014, where parties devoted to democratic values received the broad majority of votes. The far-right Right Sector (often depicted as "fascists" by pro-Kremlin outlets) gained only 1,8% of the votes, far short of the threshold needed to enter the parliament. Ukraine's electorate clearly voted for unity and moderation, not separatism or extremism, and the composition of the parliament reflects that (bit.ly/1Tdu8Qw), // There were no credible reports of any ethnic Russians being threatened in Ukraine; only allegations perpetuated by pro-Kremlin outlets. See e.g. the Council of Europe report: bit.ly/2dphsdX,