Disinfo: Out of 3000 articles published by SouthFront, only 3 contain disinformation

Summary

Let’s take a closer look at accusations against SouthFront put forward by Euvsdisinfo, a propaganda unit of the EU East Stratcom Task Force. Since the start of 2020, SouthFront has released about 3,000 articles. Pro-NATO propagandists found a grand total of 3 (0.001% of the total) that they can use to back up their claim that SouthFront supposedly promotes some disinformation regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

Disproof

EUvsDisinfo has no affiliation to any NATO structures. EUvsDisinfo is produced by the European External Actions Service and tasked with detecting, documenting and debunking pro-Kremlin disinformation.

In 2020, until mid-May, South Front is the source of 35 cases of disinformation. On some occasions, several cases have been detected in one and the same article - examples here and here. The disinformation has been published in more than 20 articles, of those, 17 have been devoted to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Additionally, the South Front team will get a двойка (F) for maths. 3 out of 3000 is not “0.001 per cent”, but rather 0,1 per cent.

More about our mandate and working methods here. SouthFront's connections to Russia are well documented and detailed here.

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  • Reported in: Issue 196
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 06/05/2020
  • Language/target audience: English
  • Country: EU, US
  • Keywords: Propaganda, NATO
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Euromaidan was a US financed coup d’etat to gain control over Ukraine

In 2014, the bloody coup was presented to Ukrainians as a “revolution of dignity” meant to bring prosperity to Ukraine. In fact, people [during Maidan] were used at the time as consumables to gain external control over the country… In 2014, Ukrainians fell under the external control of the US State Department, which financed the “revolution of dignity”, and then, for the future, started to finance all nationalist structures and permeated Ukrainians with hatred…

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives painting the 2013-14 Ukrainian revolution as a coup d'etat that was artificially orchestrated by Western intelligence.

The US did not initiate nor financed the 2013-14 Ukrainian revolution. The demonstrations which began in Kyiv in November 2013 – called "Maidan", or "Euromaidan" – were a result of the Ukrainian people's frustration with former President Yanukovych's last-minute U-turn when, after seven years of negotiation, he refused to sign the EU–Ukraine Association Agreement and halted progress towards Ukraine's closer relationship with the EU as a result of Russian pressure. For more cases about the Euromaidan protests, see here.

“Devaluation” of Victory Day means “devaluation” of Ukraine

Some forces intentionally tried to devalue the Victory Day only because Russia celebrates it, this meaning that Ukraine should not celebrate… The attempt to “devalue” Victory Day is an attempt to “devalue” the state of Ukraine itself.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative distorting the events of the Second World War.

Since 2016, in the framework of the law on decommunisation, on 9 May, Ukraine began to celebrate "Victory Day over Nazism in World War II of 1939-1945." The holiday replaced the "Victory Day over fascism in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945."

The EU would like to make money on “poor Ukraine”

The EU Council has approved the allocation of a loan of 1.2 billion euros for Ukraine. It means that the EU would like to make money on “poor Ukraine”. “Green power” [Zelensky’s team] will steal a billion euros, and force the Ukrainian people to return the money with interest.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative undermining the statehood of Ukraine and casting it as abandoned by its partners.

The European Union allocates money to help Ukraine and other countries cope with the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. The EU is confident that “together with the support from the International Monetary Fund, the funds will help enhance macroeconomic stability and create space to allow resources to be allocated towards protecting citizens and to mitigating the negative socio-economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic.” According to the press-release by the European Council, financial assistance will be provided in the form of loans on highly favourable terms.