Wherever Russia goes, wars stop

Summary

Wherever Russia goes, wars stop.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative claiming that Russia is a peaceful country. Since 1991 Russia was involved in several international conflicts, including intervention in neighboring states, such as Georgia in 2008 and Ukraine in 2014.

Many international organisations condemned the Russian occupation of Abkhazia and South Ossetia; e.g. the OSCE statement and European Parliament's declaration.

It was also Russia that provoked the war in Ukraine. The Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has stated that “the information available suggests that the situation within the territory of Crimea and Sevastopol amounts to an international armed conflict between Ukraine and the Russian Federation. This international armed conflict began at the latest on 26 February 2014 when the Russian Federation deployed members of its armed forces to gain control over parts of the Ukrainian territory without the consent of the Ukrainian Government.

The European Union stated in July 2014 that "arms and fighters continue flowing into Ukraine from the Russian Federation".

In fact, there was Russian military intervention in Ukraine (2014 - 2019), Insurgency in the North Caucasus (2009 - 2017), War of Dagestan (1999), Russian military intervention in the Syrian Civil War (2015-2019) etc.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 170
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 23/10/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, Syria
  • Keywords: Ukraine, Eastern Ukraine, Chechnya, Russian superiority, Russo-Georgian War, Syrian War, War in Ukraine, Crimea
  • Outlet: Vremya Pokazhet @ Channel One TV 39:50
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The EU has turned away from Ukraine

European politicians long ago turned their backs on Ukraine and stopped helping the country.

Disproof

Pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative claiming that the European Union is tired of Ukraine and no longer wants to help it.

The EU sees Ukraine as a priority partner. It supports Ukraine in ensuring a stable, prosperous, and democratic future for its citizens, and unequivocally supports Ukraine’s independence, territorial integrity and sovereignty. Relations between Ukraine and the EU are based on the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement, which affirms Ukraine’s independence and inviolability of borders. The Association Agreement, including its Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA), is the main tool for bringing Ukraine and the EU closer together, promoting deeper political ties, stronger economic links and respect for common values. Since 2014, the EU and the European Financial Institutions have mobilised a package of more than €15 billion in grants and loans to support Ukraine’s reform process – the biggest support package in the EU’s history. In 2017, the EU approved visa-free travel for Ukrainians. For more information about EU-Ukraine relations, see here.

96 percent of Crimeans voted to rejoin Russia in democratic referendum

Crimea reunited with Russia after nearly 96 percent of voters supported the move in a March 2014 referendum. Moscow has repeatedly stated that Crimea’s residents decided to rejoin Russia through a democratic procedure, and that the referendum was conducted in compliance with international law.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the illegal annexation of Crimea.

No international body has recognised the so-called referendum, announced on 27 February 2014, and held on 16 March 2014.

US Congress members, Macron accuse Sputnik and RT of election interference with no evidence

Several politicians, such as US Congress members and French President Emmanuel Macron, have accused Sputnik and RT of interfering in the elections in the USA and France. However, no evidence has been presented.

Disproof

Recurring disinformation narrative claiming that there is no proof of Russian interference in the elections in Western countries and the US - see examples here and here.

There is evidence linking Russian state actors with interfering in electoral processes.