Disinfo: Russia is concerned by Kyiv's war preparations in Eastern Ukraine

Summary

Moscow is concerned that recent preparations by Kyiv in Eastern Ukraine, where troops are mobilised, could lead to destabilisation and escalation. If a conflict in Eastern Ukraine restarts, then Russia will be forced to quit the Minsk agreements of 2015. Recent troop movements by Kyiv is not the only reason for concern. The presence of neo-nazi groups in Ukraine and attacks against journalists in Ukraine are two additional issues that Moscow follows closely.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the war in Ukraine.

Ukraine is not preparing military provocations in Donbas. Kyiv has repeatedly stated that it is not interested in escalation and that it prefers a peaceful solution. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that the Minsk agreements are the only option to end the war in Donbas. At the same time, the Special Monitoring Mission of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe registers almost daily violations of the truce in Donbas.

The attribution of Nazi-/nazism to present-day Ukraine is one of the well-known favorite deceptive slogans for many pro-Kremlin outlets. The myth of Nazi-ruled Ukraine has been the cornerstone of Russian disinformation about the country since the very beginning of the 2013-14 Euromaidan protests. Far-right groups enjoyed a very limited presence during the Euromaidan itself and had poor results in the 2014 presidential and parliamentary elections. In the 2019 election, far-right candidates fell short of the 5% minimum threshold for getting elected to parliament.

Furthermore, the war in Ukraine is not a civil conflict but a well-documented act of aggression by Russian armed forces, ongoing since February 2014.

For more information on the continuous pro-Kremlin disinformation in Ukraine see here.

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  • Reported in: Issue 240
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 12/04/2021
  • Article language(s) Greek
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: War in Ukraine, Minsk agreements, Donbas, Eastern Ukraine, Dmitry Peskov, Nazi/Fascist
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In 2014 Donetsk and Luhansk proclaimed independence following a violent coup in Kyiv led by nationalist groups and supported by Western governments

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the war in eastern Ukraine, claiming that the creation of DPR and LPR came as a response to the 2013-14 protests in Kyiv, often painted as a coup d'état, while claiming that local dwellers resisted alone without Russian military support and founded the DPR and LPR.

Firstly there was no coup d’état in Kyiv in 2014; this is a longstanding pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Ukraine's Euromaidan protests.

Disinfo: European Court of Human Rights demands Sweden to be declared the winner of the battle of Poltava

The European Court of Human Rights have declared the defeat of the army of king Charles XII of Sweden at Poltava invalid.

According to the judges, the Russian army did not have the rights to be located or wage military operations on Ukrainian territory without the acknowledgment of Ukraine's government.

The court demands Russia to compensate Sweden with 150 million Euro, return captured arms, guns and banners. Sweden has declared its intention to request retribution of territories lost at the end of the Nordic War, where the battle of Poltava was a decisive incident.

If ECHR supports Sweden's demands, Russia will need to return St. Petersburg, Leningrad oblast, parts of Pskov oblast and also the archipelagos of Novaya Zemlya and Franz-Joseph Land.

Disproof

A satirical article from a well-known humour site is reproduced as news. The outlet describes its source as “unreliable”, but the readers are led to believe that the information is authentic.

Disinfo: Death squads used by Ukraine to burn protesters in Odessa in May, 2014

Death squads have been used by the repressive Ukrainian state to burn protesters in Odessa in May 2014.

Disproof

Recurrent pro-Kremlin narrative about the Odessa tragedy.

There is no evidence that the Ukrainian government was involved in the Odessa tragedy. No trial has yet established the responsibilities of the different actors before a court. A total of 5 cases on trials and 3 investigations are currently ongoing. Media reported about the tragedy in May 2014 : the BBC, the Guardian, the DW. A chronology of the events has been established (1 and 2) and a non partisan documentary film by Ukrainian Channel 7 has collected testimonies: May 2nd without Myth.