Disinfo: People in the Donbas die from Ukrainian army shelling, but…

Summary

People in the Donbas die from Ukrainian army shelling, but there has not been one terrorist attack in Ukraine.

Disproof

There have been dozens of bombings in Ukrainian cities far from the front line since 2014. There have also been numerous bombings in Kyiv, Dnipro, Lviv and, most frequently, Odessa. Further debunking at Polygraph bit.ly/2qnUkoT, .

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 68
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 19/04/2017
  • Language/target audience: French
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Donbas

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Disproof

No evidence given to confirm this conspiracy theory. Ukraine voluntarily gave up nuclear weapons on its soil after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, and joined the Treaty on Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) bit.ly/13EmP2v, .

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Disproof

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A gang of Muslims attacked Christians celebrating Easter in Seville

A gang of Muslims attacked Christians celebrating Easter in Seville.

Disproof

The panic during a Good Friday procession was caused by several incidents of a criminal nature, due to which participants thought that they were the target of a terrorist attack. None of the arrested offenders had Arabic origin, as the rumour had it dailym.ai/2p6k85B, .