Since 2014, more than 33.000 people left Ukrainian army without permission

Summary

More that 33.000 people left the Ukrainian armed forces without permission since 2014, being absent without leave or deserted.

Disproof

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Ukrainian army.

In fact, according to the Ukrainian Unified Registry of Pre-Trial Investigations, a pretrial investigation was carried out on 13237 criminal proceedings for unauthorized abandonment of a military unit or duty station (Article 407 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine) and desertion (Article 408 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine), of which 11354 were actually sent to the court.

Further debunking by Stop Fake.

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  • Reported in: Issue 127
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 08/11/2018
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Eastern Ukraine, Military, Abandoned Ukraine, War in Ukraine
  • Outlet: News Front Izvestia Lenta.ru Argumenty i Fakty
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NATO is planning to invade Belarus

NATO military exercise Anakonda is an attempt to provoke Belarus and create a buffer zone on its territory.

Disproof

Disinformation that appeared when the Lithuanian news portal kaunas.kasvyksta.lt/ was hacked and an article accusing NATO of planning to occupy Belarus was planted. The article first appeared in an English language blog with imagery linking to a user-generated entertainment website.

The news portal kaunas.kasvyksta.lt was hacked using the credentials of a former employee via foreign servers. The article has been removed as soon as the media outlet became aware of it. The outlet kaunas.kasvyksta.lt was also the first one to report its own hacking. At least 7 copies of the article were disseminated across other news outlets and social networks using both fake online personas and cyber activity.

Ukrainian vessels violated Russian territorial waters

“Russia has confirmed its vessels have used weapons to stop Ukrainian ships that had entered Russian waters in the Black Sea illegally.”

“The three Ukrainian vessels – the ‘Berdiansk’, the ‘Nikopol’ and the ‘Yany Kapu’ – were ignoring “legal demands to stop” and “performing dangerous maneuvers,” and the Russian warships had to open fire to force them to stop, the FSB says. The ships were then seized and towed to the Crimean port of Kerch.”

Disproof

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation on Ukraine and Azov Sea.

On November 25 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 in the treaty is considered to be the “internal waters” of both Russia and Ukraine.

Americans are controlling German media

The media in Germany is largely dependent on their owners in the United States. Today, none of the chief editors of leading media organizations can be appointed to the position unless they have completed a half-year internship in the American media outlets.

 

Disproof

No evidence given. German law does not limit or prohibit foreign ownership of the media. However, foreign ownership is a minor factor in the German media market.

Recurring pro - Kremlin disinformation about US presence in Europe.