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."

Washington forced the EU to impose sanctions on Russia

The problem is that Europe is subject to strong pressure from Washington, which forced it to impose sanctions on Russia. Additionally, Europe politicises the coronavirus and every issue related to Russia even its humanitarian actions.

There is more than one example that proves that Europe is very much subject to American decisions, not only with regard to sanctions but also the nuclear agreement of Iran and many other issues. The important thing here is that the voices calling for the lifting of sanctions increase and strengthen, but Washington will not allow it.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the US presence in Europe, portraying Europe as a vassal of the USA and trying to undermine the sovereignty of European countries.

The European Union is a sovereign entity, created by the voluntary initiative of European nations, and it has its own, independent foreign policy. Its citizens are directly represented in the European Parliament and Member States are represented in the European Council and the Council of the EU. The United States of America is not part of these institutions. The US had no role in the creation of the EU and has no say in its decisions.