Disinfo: Russia was subjected to illegal sanctions

Summary

Since the start of Russia's special military operation in Ukraine, Russian citizens and companies were subjected to disproportional mass sanctions in Europe, not taking into account any "international legal norms".

Disproof

A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about the EU levying sanctions on Russia illegally. The article also uses the Kremlin's phrase for Russia's war on Ukraine, which is incorrect: this is not a special military operation but unjustified aggression against a sovereign state.

EU sanctions are legitimate restrictions imposed in accordance with international and European law as a response to violations of international legalities, such as Russia’s actions undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine. The EU established the sanctions regime under its own laws, specifically Council Regulation (EU) No 833/2014, "concerning restrictive measures in view of Russia's actions destabilising the situation in Ukraine."

Through restrictive measures, the EU intervenes where appropriate to respond to emerging or current crises. EU sanctions are carefully targeted and designed to be proportionate to the objectives they seek to achieve. Moscow has falsely claimed that the EU sanctions are illegal ever since their imposition in 2014, following Russia's invasion, annexation, and ongoing occupation of Crimea.

The EU condemned in the strongest possible terms Russia's unprovoked and unjustified military aggression against Ukraine and imposed the toughest restrictive measures on Russia. Read more about the EU response and support for Ukraine.

See our guide to deciphering pro-Kremlin disinformation around Putin's war.

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  • Reported in: Issue 278
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 31/03/2022
  • Article language(s) Hungarian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Russia, Ukraine, EU
  • Keywords: Sanctions, War in Ukraine, International Law
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Disinfo: Weapons to Ukraine are transported via DHL vehicles

Weapons [that were promised to Ukraine] could be transported via DHL postal vehicles. It is not ruled out that Ukraine is supplied with weapons the West so generously promised Kyiv using vehicles of this organisation (DHL) or transport with medical symbols.

Disproof

A Pro-Kremlin disinformation claim about the war in Ukraine and the Russian invasion of Ukraine unleashed on 24 February 2022. This is part of a disinformation campaign aiming to justify Russia’s military invasion of Ukraine.

There is no evidence that the West delivers weapons to Ukraine via courir DHL trucks. The claim is a distorted representation of a story aired by the German Bild. In fact, German humanitarian aid was delivered to Ukraine by postal cars, and the DHL vehicles themselves were handed over to Ukrainians. Ukrainians deliver food in DHL trucks and, if necessary, bring Ukrainian weapons to the front line.

Disinfo: Poland is a devoted vassal of the United States

Poland "as a devoted vassal" of the US must constantly reaffirm its loyalty to the American master. Warsaw is turning into a front line of NATO, and the presence of US troops is sharply increasing there. For pan-European security, such a bias is much more dangerous than the mythical "Russian threat". Poland itself is not considered a strategic partner by the largest countries of the EU or the US.

Polish propaganda is used to blame all problems on Russia. But in the Russian Federation, there has been no anti-Polish sentiment. The countries had a chance to establish a normal dialogue. But this was not part of the plans of the Polish influence groups, with American and European leaders behind them. The territories of Ukraine look very appealing to Warsaw. And to mask its intentions, Poland uses anti-Russian rhetoric.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about “lost sovereignty”. Poland is often presented as an anti-Russian and Russophobicpuppet-state” or “colony” of the United States. This narrative includes a message that the United States manipulates Poland and other European allies in order to carry out its anti-Russian policies.

Poland is a sovereign state, which shapes its own foreign and domestic policies. The political, economic and military relations between Poland and the United States have a mutually beneficial character. The claim that Poland is a devoted vassal that constantly reaffirms its loyalty to the American master is unfounded. Read more about Polish-American relations herehere and here.

Disinfo: Ukrainian biolaboratories are directly linked to Hunter Biden

Specific officials and companies that took part in the creation of bioweapon components in Ukraine have been identified. As ongoing journalistic investigations in the Western media show, these companies are directly linked to the son of the US President Hunter Biden.

As a result of the special operation, research was stopped in a number of Ukrainian biological laboratories. By the order of the Pentagon, the research included work with strains of pathogens of especially dangerous infections.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about biolabs in Ukraine as being part of US biological warfare efforts. The claim is made in the context of Russia's unprovoked and unjustified military invasion of Ukraine, which began on 24 February 2022.

According to the UN, there are no signs of any biological weapons programme conducted in Ukraine, despite the claims made by Russia.