Disinfo: Moscow does not conduct a war with Ukraine // The internal political crisis in Ukraine was inspired by the West

Summary

First of all, I would like to draw attention to the fundamental point for understanding the current situation: Russia does not conduct any war with Ukraine. The war against their own people was unleashed by nationalists, who came to power in February 2014 because of the coup d’etat, who do not accept dissent and want to impose their own “order” with the help of force. There is a war between Kyiv and the Ukrainian regions. The internal political crisis in Ukraine was inspired from the outside by a group of Western states led by the United States, who consider the entire world to be a sphere of their influence, aimed at exclusiveness, dividing the nations into “ours” and “the others”.

 

 

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about the war in Ukraine. https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=civil+war&disinfo_issue=&date=

There was no coup in Ukraine four years ago. The demonstrations which began in Kyiv in November 2013 – called "Maidan", or "Euromaidan" – were not provoked from outside but were a result of the Ukrainian people's frustration with former President Yanukovych's last minute U-turn when, after seven years of negotiation, he refused to sign the EU–Ukraine Association Agreement and halted progress towards Ukraine's closer relationship with the EU as a result of Russian pressure. The protesters' demands included constitutional reform, a stronger role for parliament, formation of a government of national unity, an end to corruption, early presidential elections and an end to violence http://bit.ly/2ftv6iT. The European Union does not recognise the illegal annexation of Crimea and continues to condemn this violation of international law, and that Russia’s illegal actions remain a direct challenge to international security, with grave implications for the international legal order that protects the unity and sovereignty of all States.

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 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 https://www.icc-cpi.int/iccdocs/otp/161114-otp-rep-PE_ENG.pdf

For further debunking see https://euvsdisinfo.eu/report/the-osce-the-pentagon-nato-headquarters-and-the-council-of-europe-do-not-recognize-the-facts-of-russias-aggression-against-ukraine-primarily-the-intrusion-of-russian-tanks-and-paratroopers-into-do/ and euvsdisinfo.eu/report/the-nazis-have-seized-power-in-ukraine/,

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 107
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 03/05/2018
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine, US
  • Keywords: West, Civil war, War in Ukraine, Coup, Euromaidan
  • Outlet: Ria.ru, rg.ru, life.ru, Sputnik and others

Disclaimer

Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

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Pilots are resigning from German Air Force – they don’t want to fight against Russia.

Disproof

According to the German media, seven Eurofighter pilots have cancelled their service in Bundeswehr recently. The reports focus on the fact that it is a costly loss for the troops as training of the pilots is expensive. There is no evidence that the pilots resignation would have anything to do with Russia.

Disinformation is based on one source, Contra Magazin, that speculates that the pilots probably did not have the desire to prepare for war or NATO confrontation with Russia. The author of the article does not show the evidence on which this conclusion is made. Further debunking by Radio Svoboda.

Masses of pilots are resigning from German Air Force – they don’t want to fight against Russia

Masses of pilots are resigning from German Air Force – they don’t want to fight against Russia.

Disproof

According to the German media, seven Eurofighter pilots have cancelled their service in Bundeswehr recently. The reports focus on the fact that it is a costly loss for the troops as training of the pilots is expensive. There is no evidence that the pilots resignation would have anything to do with Russia. https://www.welt.de/newsticker/dpa_nt/infoline_nt/brennpunkte_nt/article175922509/Wehretat-Von-der-Leyen-fordert-zwoelf-Milliarden-Euro-mehr.html https://www.bild.de/politik/inland/ursula-von-der-leyen/streitet-mit-scholz-um-12-milliarden-55543692.bild.html http://www.handelsblatt.com/politik/deutschland/verteidigungsministerin-ursula-von-der-leyen-fordert-zwoelf-milliarden-euro-mehr-fuer-bundeswehr/21226456.html https://www.zdf.de/nachrichten/heute/leyen-meldet-zwoelf-milliarden-mehrbedarf-der-bundeswehr-an-100.html

Disinformation is based on one source, Contra Magazin, that speculates that the pilots probably did not have the desire to prepare for war or NATO confrontation with Russia. The author of the article does not show the evidence on which this conclusion is made. Further debunking by Radio Svoboda: https://www.radiosvoboda.org/a/29201276.html

New evidence has been found in Douma suggesting that the suspected chemical attack was staged

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Disproof

The video has been investigated by the Intercept, who can show that the interview actually took place at a Syrian military facility used by Russian officers. theintercept.com/2018/04/23/russian-tv-interview-syrian-boy-secretly-conducted-army-facility/,

In a joint Statement by Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the United States of America called for an end to such unacceptable Russian defamation of the OPCW. They also called the  so-called information meeting at OPCW headquarters that Russia held 'nothing more than a crude propaganda exercise'. nl.ambafrance.org/Syria-OPCW-Joint-Statement-26-april-2018,