Disinfo: The West supports military expansion in Ukraine, no Russian aggression took place, escalation of conflict likely

Summary

In 2018, Ukraine directed over USD 6 billion to the rearmament of its military forces, using the far-fetched excuse of counteracting Russian aggression.

This is a threat to Belarus and Russia and it is supported by the West. Expansion of the conflict is likely.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about the war in Ukraine.

Russian aggression in Ukraine is a fact.

See earlier examples of these disinformation narratives here and here.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 134
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 14/01/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Belarus, Ukraine
  • Keywords: West, Colour revolutions, Euromaidan, War in Ukraine
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The Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople demands Ukraine money for monasteries in Crimea

In Ukraine, the caricature government finally squeezed out of itself a caricature church. // The false patriarch Filaret and the president Poroshenko, hated in Ukraine, handed over everything. Around ten stauropegic monasteries and dozens of churches will be handed over to the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople. //

[Ecumenical Patriarch] Bartholomew of Constantinople has said that the monasteries in Crimea need to be handed over, Poroshenko answered that he cannot do that. Then Bartholomew said: you have to transfer finances then.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation around the autocephaly of the Orthodox Church in Ukraine. In October the St. Andrew's Church, located in Kyiv, was handed over to the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople for permanent use. There has been public discussion about transferring one church in Lviv in the same manner, but there is no evidence of plans to hand over dozens of churches. Likewise there is no evidence of any discussions about fincancial compensation of the monasteries in Crimea between the Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople. Debunking by the Insider.

The autocephaly of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church is a pre-election trick

Tomos of the autocephaly of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church is a pre-election trick. The election is in 2.5 months and the main thesis of Poroshenko’s election campaign is the “Army of the New Faith”. This is an attempt to inflame the religious war, to hijack the church that could lead to instating the state of emergency. It would allow Poroshenko if not destroy the election, then control how it is conducted. The Tomos is not entirely real, the Archbishop of Constantinople deceived everyone. It is not an official document but the agreement of a cabal. So far the only one who will benefit from the autocephaly is Byzantine patriarch. The autocephaly is a new type of conflict in a country torn by a civil war.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about autocephaly and the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. Such narrative also contributes to the attempt to discredit upcoming presidential election in Ukraine. For more examples of such cases see here and here. For more information on the tomos of the autocephaly see here.

Association Agreement with the EU obliges Georgia to import chemical waste

The Association Agreement with the European Union obliges Georgia to import and utilize chemical waste. There are plans to build a chemical waste utilization factory which would make living in Adjara life-threatening.

Disproof

The Association Agreement signed between the European Union and Georgia in 2014 does not include import and utilization of hazardous waste. Law on Import, Export, and Transit of Hazardous Waste prohibits import, export, and transit of any kind of waste on the territory of Georgia. The project by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the Ministry of Finance of Adjara aims to build a household waste utilization polygon in Tsetskhlauri village near Kobuleti. The project has nothing to do with the import and utilization of the chemical waste. Further debunking by Myth Detector.