Disinfo: Georgian snipers shooting during Euromaidan in Kyiv

Summary

Georgian snipers were shooting during the Euromaidan in Kyiv.

Disproof

Recurring disinformation that the snipers were directed by the Maidan leaders, and that they were Georgian.

No evidence given to prove that in 2014 any “Georgian snipers” conducted shooting during the Euromaidan in Kyiv. Pro-Kremlin disinformation has spread different versions of the identity of the snipers.

For further debunking about recurring disinformation on Georgian snipers, see StopFake, Myth Detector, The Insider and Polygraph.

The spontaneous onset of the Euromaidan protests was a reaction of numerous parts of the Ukrainian population to former President Yanukovych’s sudden departure from the promised Association Agreement with the European Union in November 2013.  See the full debunk here.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 153
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 01/06/2019
  • Language/target audience: German
  • Country: Ukraine, Georgia
  • Keywords: War in Ukraine, Euromaidan, Ukrainian statehood
  • Outlet: RT Deutsch
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In Germany there is a longstanding campaign to discredit Russian media

In Germany, there has been a longstanding campaign to discredit Russian information sources, structures and organisations like Sputnik or Russia Today. Representatives of the local political establishment and professional journalist associations are taking part in this campaign.

Disproof

Government spokesman Steffen Seibert reacted to accusations that had spoken of a state campaign against Russian foreign media in Germany. "Anyone who makes such absurd allegations in the world has little knowledge of Germany and little idea of freedom of the press," said government spokesman Seibert.

In the past, various and numerous German media and the German Journalists' Association [DJV] have criticised individual Russian broadcasters for the way they work. The head of the German Journalists' Association, Frank Überall, commented on the accusations in a press release issued: "There is no campaign against Russian foreign media in Germany, only unanimous criticism from different sides of their working methods."

Kerch incident was a provocation and special operation of Ukraine

The incident in the Black Sea was a provocation. Among the crew members of the Ukrainian ships that had violated the Russian border were two members of Ukraine’s security services who had practically led the special operation.

Disproof

No evidence given that the Kerch incident was a planned provocation or special operation of Ukraine. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation on Ukraine and Azov Sea.

On 25 November 2018, border patrol boats belonging to Russia’s FSB security service seized two small Ukrainian armoured artillery vessels and their crews after shooting at them, wounding several Ukrainian servicemen.  Russia argued that they were in Russian waters. However, a bilateral treaty between Russia and Ukraine, signed in 2003 and ratified by Russia in 2004, governs the use of the Kerch Strait and the Sea of Azov, which, according to the treaty, are considered to be the “internal waters” of both Russia and Ukraine.