Disinfo: Russian speakers in Donbas are victims of genocide

Summary

The Russian-speaking population of the Donbas is being subjected to genocide.

Following the Western-backed coup d'etat in 2014, residents of the region demanded independence from Ukraine. The new government in Kyiv responded to this uprising with military force, thrusting the country into civil war.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative portraying the Ukrainian leadership as pathologically Russophobic and bent on subjecting the country's Russian-speaking population to "genocide."

There is no evidence that either ethnic Russians or Russian speakers are facing persecution at the hands of the Ukrainian authorities, much less the danger of annihilation on grounds of nationality, ethnicity, or cultural belonging. This has been confirmed by reports issued by the Council of Europe, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, and the OSCE.

For an overview of the Kremlin's deployment of the "genocide" narrative regarding Ukraine, see further debunking by EUvsDisinfo, Euromaidan Press, and POLYGRAPH.info.

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  • Reported in: Issue 268
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 09/12/2021
  • Article language(s) English, Russian, Polish, Czech, Spanish, Italian, Português (Brazil), German
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine, Russia
  • Keywords: Donbas, Eastern Ukraine, War in Ukraine, Genocide, Russian language, Russophobia, Civil war, Coup, Euromaidan, Anti-Russian
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Disinfo: Biden’s stance on Ukraine was a gesture to Russophobic Baltics, Poland and Brussels

Why does Joe Biden continue with his stance on Ukraine, accompanied by an enormous political and media hysteria about an invented Russian invasion? Why has this smokescreen been sold to the media? If the US really doesn’t believe that this is going to happen, why threaten with sanctions? Biden had to sell this speech to gain strength, to calm the Russophobic lust of the Baltics, of Poland, of Brussels entourage, that even before the Biden-Putin meeting called for more sanctions.

Disproof

This is part of an ongoing disinformation campaign aiming to deny any Russian responsibility for the escalation of tensions with Ukraine as a result of Russia’s military buildup on the border.

Regardless of the Russian invasion taking place or not, the threat is not “invented”, nor reporting and denouncing it is “political and media hysteria” or a “smokescreen”, as this disinformation story claims. In fact, military experts and intelligence services of many countries have pointed to some worrying elements, including the deployment of as more than 100,000 troops, as well as of certain specialised military units, electronic warfare systems and heavy-armoured vehicles.

Disinfo: EU and US aim to generate a new wave of anti-government protests in Belarus

The EU and the US aim to generate a new wave of anti-government protests in Belarus by imposing new sanctions on this country. The goal of the sanctions is to erode the quality of life of regular citizens, leading to new protests. These sanctions against entire sectors of the Belarusian industry and its big companies, on which the welfare of hundreds of thousands of Belarusians depends, can’t be explained otherwise.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about “colour revolutions” and sanctions, in this case as part of a wider disinformation campaign on the situation on the EU-Belarus border, aiming to deny Minsk’s responsibility in orchestrating the migratory crisis.

The EU did not recognise the falsified results of the Belarusian Presidential election on 9 August 2020 or the new mandate claimed by Alyaksandr Lukashenka. On 2 October 2020, the Council imposed the first round of restrictive measures over ongoing repression. The EU imposed two more rounds of restrictive measures against the Belarusian regime in 2020, followed by the fourth package of sanctions in view of the escalation of serious human rights violations and the forced landing of a Ryanair flight.