Disinfo: OPCW reports are made from information provided by terrorists

Summary

The two reports of the Fact-Finding Mission (FFM) of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) on the two alleged chemical incidents in Aleppo and Saraqib confirm the political bias of the current OPCW administration in cases related to Syria. The mission’s primary source of information is social media and NGOs associated with terrorist groups. In the report on Aleppo, the organisation ignored the conclusive evidence provided by the Russian military in particular, noting that the second report only confirmed that the alleged attack in Saraqib was nothing but a new chemical provocation by the opposition.

Disproof

Recurring disinformation narratives attacking the independence and integrity of the OPCW. The campaign to discredit OPCW started around mid-2018 when the organisation was being granted new powers to assign blame for chemical attacks. According to the OPCW's director-general, the organisation has been targeted by a disinformation campaign aiming specifically to "undermine the official reports of the Fact-Finding Mission about investigations in Syria”. 18 countries issued a joint statement, which called for an end to the unacceptable Russian defamation of the OPCW. The OPCW conducts probes into all allegations of chemical weapons' use in Syria, and its findings serve as the basis for publicly available reports and expert notes, and in its last report issued on October 1st concerning Saraqib, the OPCW was clear by stating that it has based its findings on “sample analysis, data examination and witness interviews”, and “materials that were made available by the interviewees, and hospital records… including information provided by the Syrian Arab Republic and others”. The OPCW's supposed complicity in "suppressing" the truth is a standard talking point in pro-Kremlin reporting on Syria. See our previous debunking of this narrative here, here, here, and here. Read previous disinformation claims alleging that evidence confirms chemical attacks in Syria were falsified by the White Helmets, and that the chemical attacks in Syria have been staged and filmed by the media of the Western countries.

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  • Reported in: Issue 216
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 15/10/2020
  • Outlet language(s) Arabic
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Syria, Russia
  • Keywords: false flag, Douma, OPCW, White Helmets, Aleppo, Chemical weapons/attack, Syrian War
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Ukraine has always been Russian, at least a half of it

Ukraine has always been Russian, at least a half of it. A large number of so-called Russian Ukrainians live in Ukraine – people who have Russian roots, consider themselves Russian and speak Russian. “Russian Ukrainians” make up, if not the majority, then half of the country’s population.

Disproof

According to a poll conducted in 2017 the number of Ukrainian citizens who consider themselves Ukrainians by nationality is 90.6% of the population, Russian - 6.3%. A recent poll, refererad to in the media states:

For comparison, it is worth citing data on the ethnic composition of the population of Ukraine according to the censuses of 1989 and 2001: Ukrainians - 72.7% and 77.8%, respectively, Russians -22.1 and 17.3%, others - 5.2 % and 4.9%.

If we look at history we can also find many examples showing that Kyiv existed before Moscow, and Ukraine before Russia. Kievan Rus was in existence and history books long before Russia, and hundreds of years before Moscow, and as this scholarly debunk points out, there were even clear linguistic differences as early as the 14th century.

Ukraine is under obvious external control, Zelenskyy is being blackmailed

Volodymyr Zelenskyy is forced to act according to a written plan. President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy is repeating the steps of his predecessor Petro Poroshenko in Donbas because he is being blackmailed and not allowed to deviate from the established course. Ukraine is under obvious external control. This is already recognised by absolutely everyone.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin conspiracy theory and disinformation narrative, without any evidence to support the claim. The narrative alleges that Ukraine is under external control. You can find several disinformation cases on Ukraine being under foreign control in our database. Equally, no evidence is presented of Zelenskyy being blackmailed. Ukraine is a sovereign and independent state with a democratically-elected president and parliament. Ukraine is not controlled by any foreign government or organisation: not the USA, IMF, NATO, the West or George Soros. Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity are respected by almost the whole world, including the EU.

Ukraine became the main importer of Crimean agricultural products

Ukraine has become the largest buyer of agricultural products produced in Crimea. This is evidenced by the data of the Ministry of Agriculture of Crimea. This year, products manufactured in Crimea were exported to 12 countries of the world, but 61% of the total volume was imported by Ukraine. It is worth more than 8 million US dollars since the beginning of 2020.

Disproof

Pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Crimea. There is no evidence that Ukraine is importing agricultural products from the occupied Crimea. According to the resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine from 16.12.2015 № 1035 “On the restriction of supplies of certain goods (works, services) from the temporarily occupied territory to another territory of Ukraine and/or from another territory of Ukraine to the temporarily occupied territory”, it is prohibited to supply goods under all customs regimes from the temporarily occupied territory to another territory of Ukraine during the period of temporary occupation.