Disinfo: Second Srebrenica to happen in Donbas if Ukraine receives control over the border

Summary

In case Ukraine takes control over the border, the massacre [like the one] in Srebrenica might be repeated. I will just remind those who forgot: this is the bloodiest episode of the collapse of Yugoslavia; 8,000 dead in a few days in July [1995].

Disproof

The claim is unfounded and in line with the pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives on the situation in Ukraine and the war in Donbas.

The original claim was made on 9 December by the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, who warned that if Kyiv is granted control over the border with Russia in the temporarily occupied territories of Donbas, there would be a second Srebrenica.

Ukraine has been accused several times of committing genocide against ethnic Russians in Ukraine. Human rights missions that traveled to Ukraine in 2014 did not find evidence that the Russian minority would have been in danger. See, for instance, the Advisory Committee’s Ad hoc report on the situation of national minorities in Ukraine, adopted on 1 April 2014 by the Council of Europe; June 2014 report on the human rights situation in Ukraine by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights; and the statement by the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities on her visit to Ukraine, published on 4 April 2014.

On the latter negotiations in the Normandy Format, Ukraine insisted that the political part of the Minsk agreements, such as elections, will be implemented only after Ukraine receives full control over the 450-km long border with Russia in Donbas.

See similar narratives alleging that Russia prevented genocide in Donbas and that Russia will not stay on the sidelines if Ukraine starts carrying out a genocide against its own, Ukrainian, population in Donbas.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 177
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 10/12/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Eastern Ukraine, Genocide, War in Ukraine
  • Outlet: 60 Minut @Rossiya 1 (0:40-0:55)
see more

The US may designate drug cartels as terrorist organisation to have an excuse for military control over Mexico

Donald Trump may designate Mexico’s drug cartels as terrorist organisations because that may open the door for an intervention in the country. The US is trying to find any excuse to have military control over the Mexican territory.

Disproof

No evidence is provided to support this claim. The designation would be aimed at disrupting their finances through the imposition of U.S. sanctions, and would not directly give the United States authority for military operations in Mexico. US president Donald Trump said he was temporarily holding off the designation at the request of Mexican president Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

This is part of a recurrent Russian disinformation narrative about constant US plots to undermine Latin American governments. You can see many examples in our database, such as an alleged CIA-led Twitter campaign and a hybrid war in Bolivia, the engineering of blackouts all over Latin America, the promotion of secessionism in Mexico or Venezuela, the training of Venezuelan exiles in Guyana for military operations inside the country or preparations for a military intervention in that country after forcing Brazil to join NATO.

Zionist money already corrupting the 2020 elections

The parasites in the shadows making a mockery out of representative democracy have good reason to be confident: they are already starting to corrupt the 2020 elections. Open Secrets analyzed the most recent donor data for the top 10 political donors going into next year’s first quarter. Unsurprisingly, 8 out of 10 of these fat cats are Jews.

Disproof

This case propagates an old anti-Semitic conspiracy theory that is frequently invoked in pro-Kremlin disinformation: that the Jewish people are an international cabal secretly controlling or poisoning the global "elite"; in this particular case, the media and national governments.

See here and here for more examples of pro-Kremlin outlets embracing anti-Semitic myths for disinformation purposes.

Ukraine might finally see peace, unless the US Deep State sabotages it first

President Trump’s “deep state” foes who are obsessed with doing anything that they can to thwart his desired rapprochement with Russia by encouraging Ukraine to continue the failed civil war as a proxy conflict against Moscow’s national security interests which they hope would indefinitely perpetuate the New Cold War. Trump is already facing enormous pressure by the so-called “opposition” as a result of the manufactured Ukrainegate impeachment scandal, and with the Democrats about to enter the primary season early next year, it’s entirely conceivable that their “deep state” allies might try to provoke the breakdown of the Donbas peace process in order to compel the President into offering even more military aid to Ukraine

Disproof

Recurring conspiracy theory, and a pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the war in Ukraine.