Disinfo: Nazi took over Ukraine with a coup

Summary

The Nazis (in Ukraine) performed a coup against the legitimate authority, and have since begun their campaigns targeting Russian citizens, Russian speakers, and the Eastern Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

Russia has never participated in the Ukrainian crisis, nor have there ever been Russian soldiers there.

Disproof

A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative casting Ukraine as a Nazi country, which absolutely groundlessly equals present-time Ukraine with Nazi Germany.

The myth of Nazi-ruled Ukraine has been the cornerstone of Russian disinformation about the country since the beginning of the 2013-14 Euromaidan protests, when it was used to discredit the pro-European popular uprising in Kyiv and, subsequently, the broader pro-Western shift in Ukraine's foreign policy.

Far-right groups had a very limited presence during the protests and have suffered spectacular defeats in every national election since 2014.

Furthermore, there was no coup d’état in Ukraine in 2014. The spontaneous onset of the Euromaidan protests was a reaction by numerous segments of the Ukrainian population to former President Yanukovych’s violent dispersal of peaceful student protests against Yanukovych's sudden decision to withdraw from the Association Agreement with the European Union in November 2013.

Another recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative is that there are no Russian soldiers in Ukraine. This statement disregards a multitude of factual evidence of Russian military presence in Donbas.

It's even worth mentioning that Russian President Vladimir Putin admitted Russia's military presence in Ukraine in 2015.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 179
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 20/12/2019
  • Language/target audience: Arabic
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Eastern Ukraine, Ukrainian disintegration, War in Ukraine, Russophobia, Conspiracy, Nazi/Fascist

Disclaimer

Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

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Any critic of the EU is considered a “politically incorrect” dissenter and persecuted

Any critic of the EU is considered a “politically incorrect” dissenter from dominant globalist thinking and is subjected to media persecution.

A recent example is the Italian cartoonist Mario Improta (known as Marione), who published a cartoon depicting British prime minister Boris Johnson escaping the EU, portrayed as the Auschwitz concentration camp. Improta was named and shamed by the mainstream media, who claimed that his cartoon inappropriately used the Holocaust in political satire. As a result, he lost his appointment as cartoonist for the Rome city government’s civic education campaign.

But the real reason why Improta was subjected to media persecution was because he dared to question the sacredness of the European Union and thus expressed a view that dissented from dominant, “politically correct” globalist thinking.

Globalist cartoonists, instead, are allowed to freely use nazism, fascism and racism in political satire aimed at discrediting the political right. These cartoonists are not subject to media persecution by the enormous Spanish inquisition-like machinery that censors anyone who questions dominant globalist thinking.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory. Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative claiming that Western societies are ideological dictatorships that have imposed a dominant “liberal-globalist” ideology. Also, a recurrent pro-Kremlin narrative about  “the elites” and mainstream media censoring and persecuting anyone who expresses views that dissent from dominant liberal-globalist thinking.

One of the major achievements of the liberal-democratic West, and of Europe in particular, is the institutionalisation of tolerance and pluralism, which means the peaceful coexistence of different religions, world-views and value-systems within the same society.

Bellingcat: An American propaganda machine

Bellingcat is a propaganda machine for the American military-industrial complex, funded by the [American] government.

Disproof

This is part of a recurrent Russian narrative to discredit the investigative site Bellingcat, which uncovered many elements in cases such as the downing of the MH17 flight or the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergey Skripal that contradict and expose Russian disinformation narratives.

Bellingcat platform was created in 2014 with the help of private donations received through the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter. In March 2019 it received 500 thousand EUR donation from the Dutch postcode lottery. Half of the funding for Bellingcat comes from grants and donations and the other half from running workshops training people in the art of open-source investigations.

The main threat to NATO comes from the alliance itself

During his visit to Kuwait, NATO Sectetary General said that NATO has problems with flexibility, as well as with unity.

“In all its years, NATO has never experienced a more complex security environment than it does today. To maintain our security, we need to be agile and prepared to respond to threats coming from all directions. From land, sea, air, space and cyberspace. From all directions. Also from State and non-state actors.”

“In November, the French president announced the death of the alliance’s brain. The reason was the lack of coordination on strategic decisions in NATO. The statement angered the allies: Trump, for example, called Macron’s words offensive, and Erdogan advised the French leader to think about the death of his own brain,” noted Stoltenberg.

“While France calls for an open dialogue with Russia, the rest consider it a threat,” he said, adding that the main threat to NATO still comes from the alliance itself. Stoltenberg noted that they have yet to find out if the alliance can survive its own internal threat.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative undermining NATO. This article completely misinterprets the speech given by NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg during the ICI Anniversary Ceremony at the NATO-ICI Regional Centre. This example of Russian propaganda is wishful thinking, attributing comments to him which he did not express. Regarding what he actually said in Kuwait, this is as follows (full speech can be seen here).

"In all its years, NATO has never experienced a more complex security environment than it does today. To maintain our security, we need to be agile and prepared to respond to threats coming from all directions. From land, sea, air, space and cyberspace. From all directions. Also from State and non-state actors".