Disinfo: OSCE Finally Speaks Up: No Russian Military Presence in Donbas

Summary

In a recent interview, the Principal Deputy Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring mission to Ukraine, Alexander Hug, denied the presence of Russian military in Donbas, Ukraine. // OSCE Finally Speaks Up: No Russian Military Presence in Donbas; Kiev Lied.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about Russia's involvement in the war in Ukraine. In fact, in his interview to "Foreign Policy", Mr Hug does not deny Russia's military presence in Ukraine. He actually seems to confirm it: "(...) We have seen convoys leaving and entering Ukraine on dirt roads in the middle of the night, in areas where there is no official crossing. In one border area, we’ve also made this public, including some footage we have put out. We have seen specific types of weapons that we have described in detail, including electronic warfare equipment. We have spoken to prisoners taken by the Ukrainian forces who claim to be members of the Russian armed forces fighting on rotation in Ukraine. We have seen men with the insignia of the Russian Federation, but you can buy this jacket anywhere. We have also seen the insignia of Germany, Spain, and others—but also of the Russians". In comments that have since been amended by the Foreign Policy, Hug reportedly said that the OSCE had not seen direct evidence of Russian involvement in eastern Ukraine. On October 27, Hug told the Ukraine Crisis Media Center in an interview that the text published by Foreign Policy of his interview “was misleading and did not reflect his opinion.” “As you know, we do not conclude on the facts we establish and we do not provide evidence. Estimates, facts speak for themselves,” Hug said. Further debunking by The insider and the Polygraph.

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  • Reported in: Issue 124
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 26/10/2018
  • Outlet language(s) English, Russian
  • Country: Ukraine, Russia
  • Keywords: Eastern Ukraine, Military, OSCE, War in Ukraine
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The West has approved a new ‘Barbarossa’ plan to attack Russia, Russia needs ‘funeral teams to bury NATO soldiers’

1:10 [Context: NATO’s “Trident Juncture 2018” in Norway. The same commentator for all the messages below] The war has come to our [Russia’s] doors. It is on our doorstep, since, in fact, the entire NATO’s military bloc has been mobilized already. There are more and more large-scale military exercises: both ground troops and naval ones. And if the first scenario was to start it [the war] in Ukraine, where Germany intervenes, then it seemed to them not enough. Therefore, they postponed it for the year of eighteenth [2018]. The biggest aggravation will take place in summer of the nineteenth [2019]. They want [to start the war] in summer. However, Hitler has already demonstrated it: the day of June 22 has the shortest night. [22/06/1941: that day, the Nazi Germany attacked the USSR]. But the biggest danger for the world will come in the year of twenty-first [2021], when a change of technologies will be carried out. If we are late with it, their weapons will be stronger than ours. So, we must … it could sound blasphemous but the war is more profitable for us, well, in these coming years. […] 6:35 Did you forget the speech of the President of our country made a year ago? I want to remind all of you only one phrase: our economy must be ready to work in the military conditions. I translate it into Russian: there will be war tomorrow. […] 13:19 [ Addressing an analyst representing the US in the studio] We [Russia] will bury you. We need to create funeral teams now. As many as we can. We have to bury all the NATO’s soldiers, generals and such volunteers. […] 43:05 The “Barbarossa-2” plan about the attack on our country [Russia] has been approved. [In 1940-1941, the Nazi Germany developed and then implemented The Directive No. 21 or the “Barbarossa” plan to attack the USSR]

Disproof

No evidence given, recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about the West preparing a war against Russia. Trident Juncture 2018 was a large NATO exercise held in Norway with around 50,000 participants from 30 NATO and partner countries. forsvaret.no/en/exercise-and-operations/exercises/nato-exercise-2018, For background on NATO-Russia relations: NATO began reaching out, offering dialogue in place of confrontation, at the London NATO Summit of July 1990. In the following years, the Alliance promoted dialogue and cooperation by creating the Partnership for Peace (PfP) and the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council (EAPC), open to the whole of Europe, including Russia. In 1997, NATO and Russia signed the Founding Act on Mutual Relations, Cooperation and Security, creating the NATO Russia Permanent Joint Council. In 2002, this was upgraded, creating the NATO-Russia Council (NRC). NATO and Russia worked together on issues ranging from counter-narcotics and counter-terrorism to submarine rescue and civil emergency planning. However, in March 2014, in response to Russia's aggressive actions against Ukraine, NATO suspended practical cooperation with Russia. At the same time, NATO has kept channels for communication with Russia open. The NATO-Russia Council has met seven times since April 2016. The Secretary General and Deputy Secretary General also engage regularly with their Russian counterparts. www.nato.int/cps/ra/natohq/115204.htm,

The West has always had a plan of exterminating Russia

The collective West, led by the United States, has a specific goal in relation to Russia: to overthrow the existing government. And they do not hide it. And the disintegration of the country: ultimately, the competitors need to be eliminated.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about the Western aggression toward Russia.

There was in fact a clear record of strong cooperation between the EU and Russia, dating back to 1994, when the two sides negotiated a Partnership and Cooperation Agreement. Russia was identified as a strategic partner for the EU, and was the only country with which the EU held summits not once, but twice a year. A new EU-Russia agreement was being negotiated up until 2014, at which point talks were unfortunately suspended due to Russia's involvement in the Ukraine conflict. Negotiations were also in train on visa facilitation.

Russia's humanitarian convoys to Donbas are inspected by customs

Russia’s 82nd humanitarian convoy delivers 700+ tonnes of supplies to the people of Donetsk and Luhansk, including food packages for children, medical equipment and first aid kits. All cargo underwent thorough customs inspection.

Disproof

These convoys cross from Russian territory into Ukrainian territory controlled by Russia. They may be inspected by the Russian Customs Service or Russia-backed separatists, but they are not inspected by the Customs Service of Ukraine, the country they are actually crossing into. The convoys go to the same forces Russia is supporting militarily and logistically. Further debunking by Polygraph.