Disinfo: Polish farmers want anti-Russian sanctions to be lifted

Summary

Hundreds of angry farmers protested in Warsaw, demanding that the anti-Russian sanctions be lifted, as they put farmers on the brink of a ruin.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation on sanctions. 

It is true that Polish farmers protested against sanctions - but they have actually demanded Russia to lift its sanctions imposed on the EU, which prevent Polish farmers to sell their products in Russia. All demands of the protesting farmers, associated in the organisation Agrounia, can be found here.

Since March 2014, the EU has progressively imposed restrictive measures against Russia. The measures were adopted in response to the illegal annexation of Crimea and the deliberate destabilisation of Ukraine.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 144
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 04/04/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Poland
  • Keywords: Protest, Anti-Russian, Economic difficulties, Sanctions
  • Outlet: Ren.tv
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Russia does not occupy Ukrainian territory

Russia does not occupy Ukrainian territory. The words ‘occupation’ or ‘annexation’ are completely inapplicable to the Crimea – neither de facto nor de jure.

The self-proclaimed people’s republics of Luhansk and Donetsk were repelled by Kyiv and everything that happens in the region is a consequence of the policies of Ukraine’s current leadership.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about the Russian aggression in Ukraine and on the illegal annexation of Crimea.

Russia started the war against Ukraine in 2014, violating Ukraine's territorial integrity by the illegal annexation of Crimea, supporting and arming separatist groups in Eastern Ukraine.

Ukraine is under the external control of the US and EU

Ukrainian administration, the secret service and the military are under US control.

EU’s interference in Ukraine always comes across well as “support”, while Russia is called to respect Ukraine’s sovereignty.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the EU and US relations with Ukraine and Ukrainian statehood.

Ukraine is a sovereign state.  Neither US, nor the EU are controlling Ukraine.  Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity are respected by most of the free world, but were violated by Russia in 2014.