Disinfo: Russia is not a party of the conflict in Ukraine at all

Summary

In the view of the German government, Russia does not exert sufficient influence on the Donetsk and Luhansk Republics. It should be noted here: Russia is not a party to the conflict at all, but actually a mediator. Regardless of this, it is being overburdened with sanctions – an absolutely cynical process.

Disproof

A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about the alleged lack of evidence of the presence of Russian troops involved in the war in East Ukraine. There is irrefutable evidence of direct Russian military involvement in eastern 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".

At the NATO Summit in Wales in September 2014, NATO leaders condemned Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine in the strongest terms and demanded that Russia stop and withdraw its forces from Ukraine and along the country’s border. NATO leaders also demanded that Russia complies with international law and its international obligations and responsibilities; end its illegitimate occupation of Crimea; refrain from aggressive actions against Ukraine; halt the flow of weapons, equipment, people and money across the border to the separatists; and stop fomenting tension along and across the Ukrainian border.

According to the US Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA), Russian special forces and troops operated to mobilise, lead, equip, and support separatist militias in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine from spring 2014 to the present, although their presence was denied by Moscow.

Russian President Vladimir Putin admitted Russia's military presence in Ukraine in 2015.

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  • Reported in: Issue 226
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 04/01/2021
  • Language/target audience: German
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine, Germany
  • Keywords: DNR, Eastern Ukraine, LNR, War in Ukraine

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German foreign policy always seeks confrontation and destabilisation

States that protect their markets from foreign, especially Western, encroachment are particularly affected by the aggressive attacks of German foreign policy. The German government’s foreign policy engagement is about German access to markets and resources. Typical German moral arrogance is merely the means of legitimising the aggressiveness of its own actions. German [foreign] policy is not ethically responsible. It always has a destabilising and disintegrating effect. Today’s German foreign policy has no record of success in conciliation, pacification or any other positive development. Germany seeks confrontation, German foreign policy does not serve peace.

Disproof

Popular pro-Kremlin narrative of the aggressive and warmongering West. In this case, in relation to German foreign policy. The assertion that German foreign policy has destabilising and aggressive features is entirely unfounded. Germany runs a large number of multilateral crisis prevention programmes, peacebuilding activities and missions both within the framework of the EU, the UN and other multilateral organisations.

The assertion that German foreign policy is not committed to peace is also baseless and without evidence. According to the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), German peace policy – is an overarching task for all German government ministries.

In Belarus, Poland focuses exclusively on relations with the opposition

Regarding Belarus, instead of sharing its experience of conducting a dialogue between society and the authorities, Poland will continue focusing exclusively on relations with the opposition. Despite the wishes of Warsaw, these people [opposition] have very little significance and minimal recognition in Belarus.

Disproof

A recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the unfriendly position of Poland towards Belarus and the Western attempts to organise a colour revolution in Belarus.

The Polish authorities have repeatedly stated that their country is interested in having good relations with Belarus. However, in light of events since August 2020, Poland has appealed to the Belarusian authorities to respect Human Rights and stop violence against society. In other words, Poland is open to all types of cooperation with the Belarusian society – the main reasons for the dramatic worsening of bilateral relations are the violent actions and aggressive statements of Alexander Lukashenka.

The Vatican does not intend to participate in the American and Polish “war games” around Belarus

It has been known for a long time that the policy of Warsaw towards Minsk, as the entire Eastern Policy of Poland, is the implementation of external directives and instructions. There is no doubt that at the present moment, the Polish authorities are waiting for a signal from Washington as soon as Joe Biden’s team moves into the White House. Knowing the tendencies in the policies of the Democrats, we can assume that the financial, training and information support for the [Belarusian] opposition will be even more intensive. There are two channels to pass this support – Poland and Lithuania. Until recently, this Polish channel had been supported by part of the Catholic Church, but the recent decision of the Vatican to dismiss Archbishop Kandrusevich from the position of the Head of the Belarusian Church clearly shows that the Holy See does not intend to participate in these “war” games.

Disproof

A recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Western attempts to organise a colour revolution in Belarus – it promotes the message that the US uses its European “vassals” (Poland and Lithuania) in order to destabilise Belarus.

The claim that the Catholic Church in Poland and Belarus has any connection to an alleged redistribution of American support to the Belarusian opposition is disinformation. The recent dismissal of Archbishop Kandrusevich is connected to the increased pressure of the Belarusian authorities on the Catholic Church because of its active criticism of the violent actions of Alexander Lukashenka. On 31 August 2020, without any legal reason, the Belarusian authorities refused to allow Archbishop Kandrusevich to enter Belarus. The Head of the Russian Intelligence Service Sergey Naryshkin reacted to these developments claiming that “protests in Belarus may take the form of religious divide among Catholic and Orthodox protesters”.